Physics and Astronomy News Archive: September 2013
NASA Curiosity Rover Detects No Methane on Mars
Source: NASA/JPL Posted: 9/23/13 Data from NASA's Curiosity rover has revealed the Martian environment lacks methane. This is a surprise to researchers because previous data positive detections.
Understanding a new kind of magnetism
Source: MIT Posted: 9/23/13 Researchers use low-frequency laser pulses to probe the properties of a kind of fluctuating magnetism known as a spin-liquid state.
Chasing the black holes of the ocean
Source: ETH Posted: 9/23/13 According to researchers some of the largest ocean eddies on Earth are mathematically equivalent to the mysterious black holes of space.
NASA's Deep Impact Produced Deep Results
Source: NASA/JPL Posted: 9/23/13 Launched on a clear winter day in January 2005, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft spanned 268 million miles (431 million kilometers) of deep space in 172 days, then reached out and touched comet Tempel 1.
French Physicist Receives Half-Milion Pound Prize
Source: Balzan Posted: 9/23/13 Alain Aspect receives the 2013 Balzan Prize 'For his pioneering experiments which led to a striking confirmation of Quantum Mechanics as opposed to local hidden-variable theories.'
Dark Energy Survey begins five-year mission
Source: Fermilab Posted: 9/8/13 On Aug. 31, the Dark Energy Survey (DES) officially began. Scientists on the survey team will systematically map one-eighth of the sky (5000 square degrees) in unprecedented detail.