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  • Physicists Puzzle Over Unexpected Findings In "Little" Big Bang

    11/13/2002 9:52:46 PM PST · by sourcery · 32 replies · 391+ views
    Scientists have recreated a temperature not seen since the first microsecond of the birth of the universe and found that the event did not unfold quite the way they expected, according to a recent paper in Physical Review Letters. The interaction of energy, matter, and the strong nuclear force in the ultra-hot experiments conducted at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) was thought to be well understood, but a lengthy investigation has revealed that physicists are missing something in their model of how the universe works. "It's the things you weren't expecting that are really trying to tell you something...
  • Did physists just mathematicall prove the existence of God?

    10/30/2002 8:05:24 AM PST · by Einigkeit_Recht_Freiheit · 128 replies · 2,312+ views
    The New York Times | Oct. 29, 2002 | DENNIS OVERBYE
    stronomers have gazed out at the universe for centuries, asking why it is the way it is. But lately a growing number of them are dreaming of universes that never were and asking, why not? Why, they ask, do we live in 3 dimensions of space and not 2, 10 or 25? Why is a light ray so fast and a whisper so slow? Why are atoms so tiny and stars so big? Why is the universe so old? Does it have to be that way, or are there places, other universes, where things are different? Once upon a time...
  • Gravity waves analysis opens 'completely new sense'

    10/29/2002 10:42:41 AM PST · by RightWhale · 131 replies · 1,248+ views ^ | 29 Oct 02 | Washington Univ
    Gravity waves analysis opens 'completely new sense' PRESS RELEASE Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, MO. -- Sometime within the next two years, researchers will detect the first signals of gravity waves -- those weak blips from the far edges of the universe passing through our bodies every second. Predicted by Einstein's theory of general relativity, gravity waves are expected to reveal, ultimately, previously unattainable mysteries of the universe. Wai-Mo Suen, Ph.D., professor of physics at Washington University in St. Louis is collaborating with researchers nationwide to develop waveform templates to comprehend the signals to be analyzed. In...
  • Quantum Leaps May Solve Impossible Problems

    10/10/2002 11:58:04 AM PDT · by sourcery · 42 replies · 1,057+ views
    NewsFactor Network ^ | October 7, 2002 | Mike Martin
    "It is widely accepted now that, without a doubt, information is physical and quantum physics provides the rules of that physical behavior," George Mason University computer science professor Richard Gomez told NewsFactor. Alan Turing might be considered the "John Forbes Nash of computer science" -- a troubled young Princeton genius who achieved prominence in the 1950s. Turing published one of the top 10 papers in all of 20th-century science -- "On the Computability of Numbers." He killed himself over a conviction for homosexuality at the height of his genius, but since his death, his definition of "computability" has stood untouched...
  • American, Swiss, Japanese Researchers Win Nobel Chemistry Prize

    10/09/2002 5:47:56 AM PDT · by Chemist_Geek · 11 replies · 238+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 9 Oct 2002 10:46 UTC | David McAlary
    U.S., Swiss and Japanese researchers have won this year's Nobel Chemistry Prize for developing ways to identify and analyze the structure of large biological molecules such as proteins. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has cited the work of John Fenn of Virginia Commonwealth University, Koichi Tanaka of the Shimadzu Corporation in Kyoto and Kurt Wuthrich of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. Mr. Fenn and Mr. Tanaka will share half the $1 million prize for their work in developing a technique called mass spectroscopy to analyze large protein molecules. The Academy said previously, the tool could identify only small...
  • Two Americans, Japanese Win Nobel Physics Prize

    10/08/2002 6:45:16 AM PDT · by Physicist · 35 replies · 601+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 8, 2002 | Associated Press
    <p>STOCKHOLM, Sweden — A Japanese and two American astrophysicists won the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday for using some of the most obscure particles and waves in nature to increase understanding of the universe.</p> <p>Riccardo Giacconi, 71, of the Associated Universities Inc. in Washington, D.C., will get half of the $1 million prize for his role in ``pioneering contributions to astrophysics, which have led to the discovery of cosmic X-ray sources.''</p>
  • Graz Declaration For Peace in Space (Anti-war Socialists Attack Missile Defense)

    10/01/2002 6:43:26 PM PDT · by anymouse · 18 replies · 399+ views
    The Space Generation Foundation ^ | September 22, 2002 | George Whitesides - Director
    The Space Gen team participated in the Sept 9-12th 2002 UN/ESA Enhancing the Participation of Youth in Space Conference this week in Austria. At that event a number of youth delegates from around the world felt compelled to join together and speak out against the growing inertia in the US to put weapons in space. Here is their declaration: The Graz Declaration For Peace in Space (MS Word RTF format)12 September 2002 The US government is now planning to put weapons in space. This threatens the precious peace of space, and demands a response from the people of the world....
  • Earth's magnetic field 'boosts gravity'

    09/23/2002 11:11:32 AM PDT · by VadeRetro · 134 replies · 1,680+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 09:20 22 September 02 | Michael Brooks
    Exclusive from New Scientist Hidden extra dimensions are causing measurements of the strength of gravity at different locations on Earth to be affected by the planet's magnetic field, French researchers say. This is a controversial claim because no one has ever provided experimental evidence to support either the existence of extra dimensions or any interaction between gravity and electromagnetism. But lab measurements of Newton's gravitational constant G suggest that both are real. Newton's constant, which describes the strength of the gravitational pull that bodies exert on each other, is the most poorly determined of the constants of nature. The two...
  • Scientists Claim Antimatter Breakthrough

    09/18/2002 11:47:20 AM PDT · by blam · 72 replies · 1,346+ views
    Ananova ^ | 9-18-2002
    Scientists claim antimatter breakthrough Scientists have announced the first large-scale production of antimatter. A team based at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Geneva say they have developed a large amount of the substance. Antimatter is a reverse form of ordinary matter. When the two kinds of matter meet they annihilate each other in an enormous burst of energy. It's this process which provides the power source for Starship Enterprise in its film and TV space adventures. Physicists have made only very small quantities of antimatter before. But the CERN team say they have made at least 50,000 atoms...
  • "Runaway Universe" May Collapse In 10 Billion Years, New Studies Predict

    09/17/2002 10:50:04 AM PDT · by sourcery · 82 replies · 591+ views
    The recent discovery that the universe is expanding at an ever-increasing rate has led many astronomers to forecast a dark and lonely future for our galaxy. According to some predictions, the rapidly accelerating universe will cause all galaxies to run away from each other until they are no longer visible. In this widely accepted scenario, our own Milky Way will become an isolated island adrift in a sea of totally black space 150 billion years from now. But two new studies by Stanford University cosmologists suggest that it may be time to rethink this popular view of a "runaway universe."...
  • Speed of light broken with basic lab kit

    09/16/2002 7:26:53 AM PDT · by aculeus · 106 replies · 509+ views
    New ^ | 16 September 02 | Charles Choi
    Electric signals can be transmitted at least four times faster than the speed of light using only basic equipment that would be found in virtually any college science department. Scientists have sent light signals at faster-than-light speeds over the distances of a few metres for the last two decades - but only with the aid of complicated, expensive equipment. Now physicists at Middle Tennessee State University have broken that speed limit over distances of nearly 120 metres, using off-the-shelf equipment costing just $500. Jeremy Munday and Bill Robertson made a 120-metre-long cable by alternating six- to eight-metre-long lengths of two...
  • Scientists attempt to measure speed of gravity

    09/05/2002 9:08:22 AM PDT · by RightWhale · 133 replies · 1,818+ views ^ | 5 SEP 02 | staff
    Scientists attempt to measure speed of gravity UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI NEWS RELEASE Posted: September 4, 2002 Ever since Albert Einstein proposed the general theory of relativity in 1916, physicists worldwide have tested the theory's underlying principles. Whil some principles - such as the speed of light is a constant - have been proven, others have enot. Now, through a combination of modern technology, the alignment of a unique group of celestial bodies on Sept. 8, and an experiment conceived by a University of Missouri-Columbia physicist, one more of those principles might soon be proven. "According to Einstein's theory, the...
  • Racing to the 'God Particle'

    08/17/2002 4:50:36 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 33 replies · 357+ views
    Wired via ^ | Saturday, August 17, 2002 | By Lakshmi Sandhana
    <p>Physicists from all over the world are racing to prove the existence of a particle that's surmised to be at the heart of the matter. Literally.</p> <p>Dubbed the "God particle" by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Leon Lederman, the Higgs boson is a controversial particle believed to bestow mass on all other particles.</p>
  • Tune in to terahertz

    08/13/2002 7:21:53 AM PDT · by Korth · 9 replies · 211+ views
    The Economist ^ | Aug 8th 2002
    Lasers now work at new wavelengths FROM a human point of view, the terahertz frequencies are a curiously barren region of the electromagnetic spectrum. They lie, unexploited, between microwaves at long wavelengths and infra-red at short. They are neglected because no one has developed a convenient source of terahertz radiation. Not yet, anyway. But a laser unveiled by Alessandro Tredicucci of the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy, at the recent International Conference on the Physics of Semiconductors, in Edinburgh, lights the way to the future. Research into terahertz sources has been driven hard by demand from industry. Terahertz frequencies...
  • Einstein's relativity theory hits a speed bump

    08/10/2002 7:52:40 AM PDT · by It'salmosttolate · 176 replies · 1,790+ views ^ | August 8 2002 | David Wroe
    Einstein's relativity theory hits a speed bump August 8 2002 Australian scientists have discovered that light isn't quite as fast as it used to be. But it doesn't mean E=mc2 will be consigned to the dustbin, writes David Wroe. In October, 1971, American physicists took four super-accurate atomic clocks, kept two on the ground and put two on commercial jets flying at 1000 kmh in opposite directions around Earth. When the planes landed, the scientists found what they were hoping for: The clocks on the high-speed journeys were ticking a few billionths of a second behind their stationary friends. Motion,...
  • Light switch (rethinking the fundamental laws of nature)

    08/09/2002 8:05:01 AM PDT · by dead · 15 replies · 266+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | August 10 2002 | John Webb
    If the speed of light can slow down, as new findings suggest, scientists may have to think again about some other laws of nature. John Webb writes. Is it outrageous to ask whether the laws of nature have remained the same since the Big Bang created our universe about 14 billion years ago? The great British physicist, Paul Dirac, didn't think so when he suggested the idea in 1927. And he still thought that way when he lectured on the topic at the University of NSW in 1975. However, the reasons for asking the same question today are very different...
  • Fusion reactor breaks duration record

    08/06/2002 9:04:15 PM PDT · by Brett66 · 11 replies · 321+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 8/6/02 | Jeff Hecht
    Fusion reactor breaks duration record 10:50 06 August 02 news service A powerful plasma discharge has operated for a world record 210 seconds in an experimental French fusion reactor. The demonstration is a significant step toward the long plasma confinement times needed in a practical fusion reactor. Physicists sustained the three-megawatt electric discharge in the Tore Supra reactor at the Association Euratom-CEA in Cadarache. During that interval, it dissipated more than 600 megajoules of energy, more than twice the previous record, also set by Tore Supra in 1996. The record was broken thanks to an upgrade that added...
  • Chandra Discovers "Rivers Of Gravity" That Define Cosmic Landscape

    08/02/2002 4:41:48 PM PDT · by vannrox · 60 replies · 970+ views
    ScienceDaily Magazine ^ | Thursday, August 01, 2002 | Editorial Staff
    Reprinted from ScienceDaily Magazine ...Source:             NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center Date Posted:    Thursday, August 01, 2002Web Address: Chandra Discovers "Rivers Of Gravity" That Define Cosmic Landscape NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has discovered part of an intergalactic web of hot gas and dark matter that contains most of the material in the universe. The hot gas, which appears to lie like a fog in channels carved by rivers of gravity, has been hidden from view since the time galaxies formed. "The Chandra observations, together with ultraviolet observations, are a major advance in our understanding of how the universe evolved over the last 10 billion...
  • Carbon dioxide turned into hydrocarbon fuel

    08/02/2002 7:43:06 AM PDT · by Paradox · 42 replies · 2,883+ views
    New Scientist ^ | July 31, 2002 | Eugenie Samuel
        Carbon dioxide turned into hydrocarbon fuel   19:00 31 July 02   Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition   A way to turn carbon dioxide into hydrocarbons has caused a big stir at an industrial chemistry conference in New Brunwick, New Jersey. Nakamichi Yamasaki of the Tokushima Industrial Technology Center in Japan says he has a process that makes propane and butane at relatively low temperatures and pressures.   Making fuel from greenhouse gases While his work still needs independent verification, if he can make even heavier hydrocarbons, it might be possible to make petrol. It has carbon chains that...
  • Studies Suggest Unknown Form of Matter Exists

    07/30/2002 9:43:53 PM PDT · by gcruse · 6 replies · 606+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 31, 2002 | James Glanz
    Painstaking observations of a kind of subatomic dance suggest that the universe may contain a shadowy form of matter that has never been seen directly and is unexplained by standard physics theories, a team of scientists working at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island announced yesterday. The studies appear to confirm similar findings the scientists reported last year. The research involves muons, rare subatomic particles similar to electrons but 207 times as heavy. The work has been controversial, though for reasons that have little to do with the experiment itself. Theorists who are not involved in the research, but whose...
  • Fusion Experiment Disappoints

    07/25/2002 9:51:18 AM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 711+ views
    BBC ^ | 7-25-2002
    Thursday, 25 July, 2002, 11:15 GMT 12:15 UK Fusion experiment disappoints The idea that we could build nuclear fusion reactors that relied on the extraordinary pressures and temperatures experienced inside tiny, collapsing bubbles in a liquid has suffered a grievous blow. New calculations all but rule out the controversial suggestion, made earlier this year by US and Russian researchers. We've shown that chemistry occurs within a collapsing bubble, and that it limits the energy available during cavitation Kenneth Suslick They fired sound waves through acetone, causing minute bubbles in the liquid to form and then collapse at temperatures of millions...
  • Pushing the Second Law to the Limit

    07/21/2002 11:04:40 PM PDT · by sourcery · 15 replies · 319+ views
    Physics News Update ^ | July 17, 2002 | Phil Schewe, James Riordon, and Ben Stein
    Australian researchers have experimentally shown that microscopic systems (a nano-machine) may spontaneously become more orderly for short periods of time--a development that would be tantamount to violating the second law of thermodynamics, if it happened in a larger system. Don't worry, nature still rigorously enforces the venerable second law in macroscopic systems, but engineers will want to keep limits to the second law in mind when designing nanoscale machines. The new experiment also potentially has important ramifications for an understanding of the mechanics of life on the scale of microbes and cells. There are numerous ways to summarize the second...
  • Mystery of Delhi's Iron Pillar unraveled

    07/21/2002 1:15:49 PM PDT · by vannrox · 64 replies · 3,245+ views
    Press Trust of India ^ | Sunday, July 21, 2002 | Editorial Staff
    Nation Monday, July 22, 2002   Mystery of Delhi's Iron Pillar unraveled New Delhi, July 18: Experts at the Indian Instituteof Technology have resolved the mystery behind the 1,600-year-old iron pillar in Delhi, which has never corroded despite the capital's harsh weather. Metallurgists at Kanpur IIT have discovered that a thin layer of "misawite", a compound of iron, oxygen and hydrogen, has protected the cast iron pillar from rust. The protective film took form within three years after erection of the pillar and has been growing ever so slowly since then. After 1,600 years, the film has grown just...
  • Quantum entanglement stronger than suspected

    07/17/2002 3:47:40 PM PDT · by gcruse · 113 replies · 512+ views
    New Scientist ^ | July 17, 2002 | Ian Sample
    Pairs of photons linked by the weird quantum effect of entanglement can pass through sheets of metal without the entanglement being destroyed. The finding means the quantum linking of particles is far more robust than scientists thought and could help them develop new ways of making quantum computers. Scientists think quantum computers could be hugely powerful because of their ability to perform many calculations at once, instead of doing one after another like regular computers. When photons are entangled, the physical properties of one are intimately linked to the other. Measuring the properties of one will instantly tell you the...
  • Peering Over Einstein's Shoulders

    07/01/2002 8:08:28 PM PDT · by vannrox · 15 replies · 404+ views
    Scientific American ^ | June 24, 2002 | By JR Minkel
    June 24, 2002 Peering Over Einstein's Shoulders Seeking still more complete descriptions of the workings of spacetime, scientists are testing the boundaries of the special theory of relativity By JR Minkel After a century, Einstein's special theory of relativity, which describes the motion of particles moving at close to the speed of light, has held up remarkably well. But as scientists probe the edges of the current knowledge of physics with new tests, they may find effects that require modifications on the venerable theory. Several current theories, designed to encompass the behavior of black holes, the big bang and the...
  • Physicists beaming with teleport success

    06/27/2002 9:50:33 AM PDT · by Korth · 50 replies · 307+ views ^ | June 17, 2002 | Staff and agencies
    A team of physicists in Australia have successfully teleported a laser beam of light from one spot to another in a split second, it emerged today. The physicists, from the Australian National University, said they had managed to disembody a laser beam in one location and rebuild it in a different spot about one metre away in the blink of an eye. Project leader Dr Ping Koy Lam said there was a close resemblance between what his team had achieved and the movement of people in the science fiction series Star Trek, but the reality of beaming human beings between...
  • Quantum wormholes could carry people

    05/24/2002 12:24:14 AM PDT · by sourcery · 33 replies · 205+ views
    NewScientist ^ | 23 May 02 | Charles Choi
    All around us are tiny doors that lead to the rest of the Universe. Predicted by Einstein's equations, these quantum wormholes offer a faster-than-light short cut to the rest of the cosmos - at least in principle. Now physicists believe they could open these doors wide enough to allow someone to travel through. Quantum wormholes are thought to be much smaller than even protons and electrons, and until now no one has modelled what happens when something passes through one. So Sean Hayward at Ewha Womans University in Korea and Hisa-aki Shinkai at the Riken Institute of Physical and Chemical...
  • Hawking: God may play dice after all

    05/23/2002 3:02:41 AM PDT · by lavaroise · 105 replies · 6,744+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | May 23, 2002 | By Mike Martin
    Despite an aging Albert Einstein's famous comment, "God does not play dice with the universe," renowned cosmologist Stephen Hawking and his academic collaborator Thomas Hertog now suggest that God did roll the dice at least once – at the moment of creation. Like that familiar wizened sage atop the highest peak, God cast that first die down a mountain of potential energy where, according to Hawking and Hertog, it rolled like a snowball, growing, expanding and inflating into the universe we know today. "The quantum origin of our universe implies one must take a 'top down' approach to the problem...
  • Memorial rite recalls day etched in minds ~ Anniversary of Mt. St. Helens eruption

    05/18/2002 2:37:17 AM PDT · by 2sheep · 15 replies · 7,215+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | May 19, 2000 | Erin Middlewood
    57 died when the volcano erupted on May 18, 1980 Friday, May 19, 2000By ERIN MIDDLEWOOD, Correspondent, TheOregonianHOFFSTADT BLUFFS, Wash. -- When Mount St. Helens erupted 20 years ago, Paul Nickell's mother and stepfather were camping there. It was as if the mountain swallowed them.  Their bodies were never recovered. Nickell felt hopeless sorrow seeing their names on the list of those presumed dead.  "It doesn't seem real until you see their names on a list," he said. On Thursday, the 45-year-old Portland resident saw Ellen and Robert Dill's name on another list.  But this one brought him comfort.  It's...
  • NASA's 'frozen smoke' named lightest solid

    05/09/2002 4:44:49 PM PDT · by Cultural Jihad · 19 replies · 188+ views
    CNN ^ | May 9, 2002 | Richard Stenger
    <p>The winning aerogel is made up mostly of air and almost as light.</p> <p>The substance, described as "frozen smoke" for its hazy blue appearance, is a new variety of a silicon-based material designed to collect particles in deep space.</p> <p>The record-breaking gel is composed of silicon dioxide and sand, just like glass, but 1,000 times less dense, according to NASA, which announced the triumph this week.</p>
  • Detergent in the Tank.

    05/04/2002 9:02:32 PM PDT · by PeaceBeWithYou · 24 replies · 1,342+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 2002 | Dan Carney
    Chrysler's concept van gives new meaning to "clean fuel."by Dan Carney Borax may prove useful in a lot more than laundry detergent. DaimlerChrysler engineers believe a variant of the innocuous white powder provides a safe, compact way to contain hydrogen. The lack of such storage for the notoriously flammable gas has been a key obstacle to the development of fuel-cell-powered cars. Borax's first performance is in a concept minivan called the Chrysler Town & Country Natrium (Latin for sodium, an element in borax). A fairly simple chemical process joins borax and hydrogen in a manner that renders the gas nonflammable....
  • A cool tungsten light bulb may be possible

    05/02/2002 9:07:50 AM PDT · by Bobber58 · 30 replies · 608+ views
    sandia national laboratories ^ | 05/01/02 | James Gee, et al,
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Tungsten-filament bulbs — the most widely used light source in the world — burn hands if unscrewed while lit. The bulbs are infamous for generating more heat than light. Now a microscopic tungsten lattice — in effect, a tungsten filament fabricated with an internal crystalline pattern — developed at the Department of Energy’s Sandia National Laboratories has been shown to have potential to transmute the majority of this wasted infrared energy (commonly called heat) into the frequencies of visible light. This would raise the efficiency of an incandescent electric bulb from 5 percent to greater than 60...
  • Transparent Alumina - (aluminum oxide) Three Times Stronger Than Steel

    05/01/2002 5:38:11 PM PDT · by FatherTorque · 86 replies · 1,749+ views ^ | 2-25-02
    Transparent Alumina - Three Times Stronger Than Steel A ceramic research lab in Dresden, Germany, has developed transparent Alumina by subjecting fine-grained (I'm guessing extremely fine-grained) aluminum to a whopping 1200 degrees Celsius ...the result of which is amazingly light but three times tougher than hardened steel of the same thickness, and it's see-through.  Needless to say, the Pentagon is quite interested.        For story (in German)  According to a post at Slashdot (News for Nerds) this is not transparent aluminum but transparent Alumina, which is aluminum oxide - Al2-O3. Also found this link here, which...
  • From Earth to Mars: a blushing weed

    04/25/2002 7:35:56 AM PDT · by dead · 42 replies · 788+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | April 26 2002 | Richard Macey
    The first Earthling on Mars may not be a brave astronaut with the right stuff, but a weed. NASA is considering sending a flower to the red planet to see if future human explorers could use Martian soil to grow food in greenhouses. The idea is being pushed by Christopher McKay, a senior research scientist at NASA's Ames centre in California. "I have taken it on as a personal quest," Dr McKay told the Herald. If NASA approves, the flower could be on its way in 2007, aboard the first of a series of small landers called Scout. While Dr...
  • New US Navy Report Supports Cold Fusion

    04/13/2002 4:02:13 PM PDT · by Diogenesis · 80 replies · 954+ views
    US Navy | 4/13/02
    BREAKING: New US Navy Report Supports Cold Fusion V. Impt. - This official report, prepared by the U.S. Navy, is strongly supportive of cold fusion research. TECHNICAL REPORT 1862, February 2002 Thermal and Nuclear Aspects of the Pd/D2O System (In two volumes) From the Foreword: "As I write this Foreword, California is experiencing rolling blackouts due to power shortages. Conventional engineering, planned ahead, could have prevented these blackouts, but it has been politically expedient to ignore the inevitable. We do not know if Cold Fusion will be the answer to future energy needs, but we do know the existence of...
  • Chandra orbiting X-ray telescopefound two bizarre objects

    04/10/2002 7:37:49 PM PDT · by sixmil · 22 replies · 255+ views
    AP ^ | 4/10/2002
    The Chandra orbiting X-ray telescope has found two bizarre objects that may form a new star class and are perhaps filled with a new form of matter --findings that may challenge fundamental theories of particle physics and astronomy. The pulsar in 3C58, shown in two magnifications, suggests that the matter in this collapsed star is even denser than nuclear matter, the most dense matter found on Earth. Observations of 3C58, the remnant of a supernova noted on Earth in AD 1181, reveal that the pulsar in the core has a temperature much lower than expected. This suggests that an...
  • Weird Stars Show Evidence of New Form of Matter

    04/10/2002 5:40:58 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 61 replies · 766+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed Apr 10, 2002 | Deborah Zabarenko
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two weird stars -- one too cold, the other too small to fit known astronomical models -- show evidence for a completely new form of matter, astronomers said on Wednesday. Scientists believe these stars could be made not of atoms, or even of the sub-atomic particles called neutrons, but of free-floating sub-sub-atomic particles called quarks, and strange quarks at that. NASA (news - web sites)'s Chandra X-ray Observatory considered the oddball objects by looking at the high level of X-rays they emit. At first, astronomers thought these might be neutron stars, which before this discovery (news -...
  • Al Qaida: Afghan quake is God's punishment

    03/27/2002 7:26:46 PM PST · by kattracks · 16 replies · 189+ views
    UPI | 3/27/02
    WASHINGTON, Mar 27, 2002 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- An Internet posting Wednesday, apparently from Osama bin Laden's al Qaida network, described this week's earthquake in Afghanistan as God's punishment against those who supported the American-led war against terror. "The earthquake in (the northern Afghan province of) Baghlan has a lesson for those who can see," says the posting on the al-Neda Web site, which means "the voice" in Arabic. "Calamities like earthquakes, wars and storms are signs to show that God is upset with the aggressors," the posting goes on, "but there are few who believe in...
  • Sonic Fusion (nuclear fusion in a tabletop apparatus)

    03/21/2002 6:40:25 AM PST · by dead · 10 replies · 861+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 3/21/02 | W. Wayt Gibbs
    Scientists have reported that by bombarding a liquid with sound they were able to produce nuclear fusion in a tabletop apparatus. But their colleagues doubt it. Donald Kennedy, editor of the prestigious journal Science, knew he was in for a row if he published the paper. It’s not that the work was shoddy or came out of left field. On the contrary, the experiments had been performed with great care by well-respected senior scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and the Russian Academy of Sciences. But what the authors were claiming was just so extraordinary:...
  • How Evolution Monkeys with Duplicate Genes

    03/12/2002 11:41:34 AM PST · by Physicist · 396 replies · 1,185+ views
    Academic Press Daily InScight ^ | March 5, 2002 | Ben Shouse
    An endangered monkey has given scientists new insights into evolution. The leaf-eating douc langur, native to East and Southeast Asia, has a quot;duplicatedquot; gene that started as an extra copy of a gene for a particular enzyme but mutated into a gene for another enzyme with a different purpose. By recreating the gene's path from one enzyme to the other, scientists have addressed an important debate over how natural selection shapes such duplications. Throughout evolutionary history, extra copies of genes have popped up spontaneously in the genomes of many organisms. This gene duplication is thought to be a major source...
  • Bubble Bomb? "Defense funds paying bill on bubble fusion"

    03/09/2002 2:38:10 AM PST · by The Raven · 9 replies · 589+ views
    KnoxNews ^ | Mar 9, 2002 | Frank Munger, News-Sentinel senior writer
    Research could have weapons implicationsBy Frank Munger, News-Sentinel senior writer OAK RIDGE - If bubble fusion works, will a bubble bomb be far behind?Rusi Taleyarkhan, lead scientist on the Oak Ridge research project, acknowledged this week that his work with collapsing bubbles is funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - the central research arm of the Defense Department - because of its potential military applications. "The energy density of a reaction such as this is about a million times more than any known conventional explosive," Taleyarkhan said. "So if you can tap this and make it work, you've ...
  • Relativity mission achieves two major milestones

    03/08/2002 9:38:48 AM PST · by RightWhale · 13 replies · 350+ views ^ | 8 Mar 02 | NASA-MSFC
    Spaceflight Now &#0124; Breaking News &#0124; Relativity mission achieves two major milestones Relativity mission achieves two major milestones NASA-MSFC NEWS RELEASEPosted: March 6, 2002 The NASA Gravity Probe B (GP-B) Relativity Mission has successfully mated its science payload to its spacecraft and after successful systems testing, the GP-B space vehicle was shipped to Sunnyvale, Calif., on Feb. 9, 2002, to prepare for upcoming rigorous environmental tests. The Gravity Probe B spacecraft on a modal stand in preparation for environmental testing. Photo: Lockheed Martin&nbsp; "These milestones are a huge accomplishment for this dedicated team," said Gravity Probe B program manager Rex ...
  • Table-top fusion

    03/07/2002 8:34:09 PM PST · by Phil V. · 14 replies · 323+ views
    Economist Print Edition ^ | Friday March 8th 2002 | STAFF
    Table-top fusion Here we go again Mar 7th 2002 From The Economist print editionIs the world about to witness a repetition of the cold-fusion fiasco? AS PARENTS scare their children with stories of ghosts and ogres, so professors scare their students with stories of Pons and Fleischmann. In 1989 Stanley Pons and Martin Fleischmann, then researchers at Southampton University, in England, announced to an astonished world that they had performed nuclear fusion in apparatus built on a laboratory bench. For a few weeks people dreamed of limitless clean power. But other researchers failed to replicate their results and it ...
  • Not Cold Fusion but: "Oak Ridge scientist exhausted, elated with response to research"

    03/07/2002 1:31:06 AM PST · by The Raven · 34 replies · 613+ views
    Knoxville News-Sentinel ^ | Mar 7, 2002 | Frank Munger, News-Sentinel senior writer
    OAK RIDGE - Rusi Taleyarkhan is 49 years old, suddenly famous and emotionally spent."It's been a pressure-cooker for the past one year," said the senior scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory who has attracted worldwide attention this week regarding his research on "bubble fusion."In January 2001, after four years of study and experimentation, Taleyarkhan started seeing "interesting results" in his research with sono-luminescence - a phenomenon in which sound waves produce bubbles that collapse explosively and release energy in the form of light flashes. The feedback gave him confidence that the tabletop experiment might achieve nuclear fusion - the fusing ...
  • Indian scientist claims holy grail of physics

    03/05/2002 4:49:29 PM PST · by Madiuq · 45 replies · 614+ views
    WASHINGTON: An Indian-American scientist with the IIT imprimatur has, along with several American colleagues, caused a stir in the world scientific community by claiming to have achieved nuclear fusion in a small table top experiment.If it is proved right and authenticated by peers, such a fusion – the same principle that fuels the sun – could be the source of cheap, clean and limitless energy, and could change the world. Scientists have worked for decades in this direction and the possibility that a team might have cracked the problem is considered so remote that the announcement, to be reported in ...
  • Tabletop Physicists May Have Achieved Fusion in a Bottle

    03/05/2002 9:56:47 AM PST · by toast · 12 replies · 214+ views
    AP - Fox ^ | 3/5/2002
    <p>WASHINGTON — A phenomenon that may be nuclear fusion was created in a laboratory bottle by researchers who zapped tiny dissolved bubbles with sound waves, which triggered a flash of light and a brief surge of superhigh temperatures.</p> <p>Using a device described as the size of three stacked coffee cups, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute say the phenomenon was like nuclear fusion in a bottle. Some scientists disputed the claim.</p>
  • Old Plant Smells Record (Oldest Living Thing?)

    03/04/2002 6:23:34 AM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 554+ views
    BBC ^ | 4-4-2002 | Maggie Shiels
    Monday, 4 March, 2002, 14:25 GMT Old plant smells record The creosote bush: A clone of an ancient plant By Maggie Shiels in California In the middle of the Palm Springs Desert in Southern California, US, the sun beats down at temperatures of over 45 degrees Celsius. This is one of the 10 great deserts of the world and now this has really put us on the map The 160-kilometres-per-hour (100 miles per hour) winds that howl through the nearby mountain pass are so strong that rocks have been polished smooth by the sand carried in the powerful gusts. But ...
  • NASA Contacts Pioneer 10 Spacecraft

    03/03/2002 6:26:34 PM PST · by RightWhale · 208 replies · 737+ views
    AP ^ | 3 Mar 02 | ERICA WERNER NASA Contacts Pioneer 10 Spacecraft Sat Mar 2, 9:45 PM ET By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES - NASA successfully bridged 7.4 billion miles of space to contact the Pioneer 10 spacecraft on the 30th anniversary of its launch, mission managers said Saturday. Scientists beamed a message to the craft Friday from a radio telescope in the desert east of Los Angeles. A radio telescope in Spain received the response 22 hours and six minutes later, said Larry Lasher, the mission's project manager. "The signal was loud and clear, and I'd like to say this contact worked ...
  • Gravity's quantum leaps detected

    01/17/2002 4:06:29 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 103 replies · 1,925+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 19:00 16 January 02 | Hazel Muir
    Gravity's quantum leaps detected &nbsp; 19:00&nbsp;16&nbsp;January&nbsp;02 Hazel Muir &nbsp; Gravity's subtle influence in the quantum world has been directly observed for the first time. On tiny scales, nature makes particles behave according to curiously rigid rules. For instance, negatively charged electrons trapped around a positive nucleus under the pull of the electromagnetic force cannot have any energy they want -they have to fall into a set of distinct energy levels. In the same way, the pull of gravity should make particles fall into discrete energy levels. But because gravity is extremely weak on small scales, the effect has been ...
  • Dark Matter: Hidden Mass Confounds Science, Inspires Revolutionary Theories

    01/15/2002 7:02:17 AM PST · by PatrickHenry · 151 replies · 1,194+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08 January 2002 | Andrew Chaikin
    Once upon a time -- a bit more than 100 years ago -- many scientists believed that seemingly empty space wasn't empty at all, but was filled with a substance called luminous ether. This mysterious stuff, never seen in any laboratory on Earth, was thought to explain how gravity from one celestial body could affect another. By the end of the 19th century, though, luminous ether had gone the way of countless other scientific misconceptions. Today, another mysterious substance beguiles astronomers, and this one isn't going away. In fact, it's been at the forefront of cosmological theories for decades. It's ...