Melting Colloidal Crystal Films
Source: UPenn Posted: 5/24/10 Physicists have reported an elegant experimental study of the melting behaviors of thin crystalline films, uncovering a variety of interesting differences between thick films of greater than four layers and thinner or single-layer films.
NASA's MISR Provides Unique Views of Gulf Oil Slick
Source: NASA/JPL Posted: 5/21/10 These unique images of the Deepwater Horizon oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico were obtained by the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument aboard NASA's Terra spacecraft on May 17, 2010, at around 16:40 UTC (11:40 a.m. CDT).
Significant Matter-Antimatter Asymmetry Found
Source: Fermilab Posted: 5/21/10 Scientists have found evidence for significant violation of matter-antimatter symmetry in the behavior of particles containing bottom quarks beyond what is expected in the current theory, the Standard Model of particle physics.
Herschel Gets Sneak Peak at Star Birth
Source: ESA Posted: 5/12/10 The first scientific results from ESA's Herschel infrared space observatory are revealing previously hidden details of star formation.
NASA Captures Night Infrared View of Gulf Oil Spill
Source: NASA/JPL Posted: 5/9/10 The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument on NASA's Terra spacecraft captured this nighttime image of the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on May 7, 2010.
New Nanoscale Views
Source: MIT Posted: 5/9/10 MIT researchers are building a microscope that uses MRI technology to image viruses and other tiny biological structures.
Source: MIT Posted: 5/9/10 Turning temperature differences directly into electricity could be an efficient way of harnessing heat that is wasted in cars and power plants.
'The strength and weakness of physicists is that we believe in what we can measure. And if we can't measure it, then we say it probably doesn't exist. And that closes us off to an enormous amount of phenomena that we may not be able to measure because they only happened once. For example, the Big Bang. ... That's one reason why they scoffed at higher dimensions for so many years. Now we realize that there's no alternative... '