Archive: 2/11/2011

Using photons to manage data

Managing light to carry computer data, such as text, audio and video, is possible today with laser light beams that are guided along a fibre-optic cable. These waves consist of countless billions of photons, which carry information ...

dateNov 02, 2011 in Optics & Photonics
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Hinode's first light... and five more years

( -- On October 28, 2006, the Hinode solar mission was at last ready. The spacecraft launched on September 22, but such missions require a handful of diagnostics before the instruments can be turned on and collect ...

dateNov 02, 2011 in Space Exploration
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New views of the cosmos

Though it won’t be completed until 2013, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), a radio telescope observatory under construction in northern Chile, is already the most powerful and complex such facility ...

dateNov 02, 2011 in Astronomy
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