Researchers have a created a new phase of Carbon, distinct from the well-known graphite and diamond. This new phase, called Q-Carbon, not only has surprising characteristics but it can also be used to create useful structures made of diamond. Carbon is pretty cool if you think about it. Take a gander at some its most
Those pesky scientists are predicting that the nature of the universe might soon introduce a fundamental limit to the resolution of deep space galaxies using our next generation of telescopes.
Using a telescope to resolve objects in deep space is not an easy task. Just looking up into the night sky with your naked eyes can give you a clue to that fact. We all know that stars twinkle (astronomers call it scintillation). But why does this happen? It’s all because of our wonderful and horrible atmosphere.
What you see here is an artist’s impression of the hottest most massive binary stars discovered to-date. These conjoined stars (called VFTS 352) are 160 000 light-years away in the Tarantula Nebula. They were spotted by the European Space Organization’s descriptively-named “Very Large Telescope”. Look up at the night sky. About 80% of those singular
What you are seeing here is not a poorly cloaked alien spaceship or a huge puddle in a cloud (although you’re getting warmer).
This is a type of cloud formation that goes by many names including a FallStreak Hole, Hole-Punch Cloud, Canal Cloud, etc.
This hole forms in certain cumulus clouds in the following two-step process:
What you are seeing is not a baby cthulhu taking its first apocalyptic baby steps. This is a representation of a breast cancer cell and specific drug molecules sent to combat it.
What you see here is a beautiful contour map of positron signals created by an intense burst of laser light. Researchers at the University of Texas and Rice University are using a very powerful laser to create positrons in numbers and densities never seen before. Positrons are the anti-matter counterpart to electrons and have been
Jupiter has recently had its own glamour shots recently and they are not only gorgeous, they reveal structures and complexities in its upper cloud layers like no other images before it.
A Laser at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center has been upgraded to an amazing 200 TeraWatts which can be paired with an X-ray laser to become a dynamic duo of science.
The Stanford Linear Accelerator Center or SLAC is one of 10 “Office Of Science Laboratories” for the United State’s department of energy (DOE). This lab, operated at Stanford University, is one cool place. This high-end research facility has a resume that includes building the longest particle accelerator, discovering fundamental building-blocks of matter, and in their spare time they also created the very first website in North America.
Mars isn’t the only big astronomy news grabbing headlines this past week. Pluto still has much to offer the science news cycle like this stunning highest Resolution image of the dwarf planet to date.
Despite the fact that the New Horizons craft passed Pluto last July, it still has many months of slow uploading of its data to do over its agonizingly slow dish antennas. Remember how lame those old 14.4 modems were? These are worse. The wait will be worth it though if there’s more images like this on its Horizons hard-drive.
Researchers have crunched the numbers to develop extremely efficient wings and fins that could help future flying and swimming drones.
Fixed-wing aircraft have been all the rage the past century or so but such winged flying machines are hardly the only way to do it. Rotary aircraft like helicopters are amazing machines as well and fill a much needed niche that even many VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) craft cannot. The first attempts at winged flight are lost in the contrails of time but there were surely were many misguided attempts over the centuries and even millennia. There had to be some caveman named Grog or Atouk who died jumping out of a tree feverishly flapping his arms in an attempt to fly (hopefully before he added his genes to our gene-pool).