Researchers create gold aluminum, black platinum, blue silver
Using a tabletop laser, a University of Rochester optical scientist has turned pure aluminum, gold. And blue. And gray. And many other colors. And it works for every metal tested, including platinum, titanium, ...
From zero to a billion electron volts in 3.3 centimeters
In a precedent-shattering demonstration of the potential of laser-wakefield acceleration, scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, working with colleagues at the University ...
Light throws a curve ball
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers at the University of St Andrews have made a surprise discovery using light beams that can travel around corners.
Cluster spacecraft makes a shocking discovery
ESA's Cluster was in the right place and time to make a shocking discovery. The four spacecraft encountered a shock wave that kept breaking and reforming – predicted only in theory.
Scientists discover exotic relatives of protons and neutrons
Scientists of the CDF collaboration at the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced today (October 23, 2006) the discovery of two rare types of particles, exotic relatives of the ...
New insights on fusion power
(PhysOrg.com) -- Research carried out at MIT’s Alcator C-Mod fusion reactor may have brought the promise of fusion as a future power source a bit closer to reality, though scientists caution that a practical ...
New spaceship force field makes Mars trip possible
According to the international space agencies, "Space Weather" is the single greatest obstacle to deep space travel. Radiation from the sun and cosmic rays pose a deadly threat to astronauts in space.
A Physicist's Guide to Texas Hold 'Em
Brown engineers build a better battery -- with plastic
Brown University engineers have created a new battery that uses plastic, not metal, to conduct electrical current. The hybrid device marries the power of a capacitor with the storage capacity of a battery. ...
Maglev launch assist technology may enable commercial space travel
Plasma thruster tested for Mars mission
Technology invented by ANU physicists could see expeditions to Mars become a reality, with the European Space Agency (ESA) announcing it will begin full-scale trials next year.
Linux Evolution Reveals Origins of Curious Mathematical Phenomenon
Controversy-plagued superheavy element 118 finally created
Element 118 has been indirectly discovered in experiments conducted at the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions in Dubna, Russia by a collaboration of researchers from Russia's Joint Institute for Nuclear ...
Probing Question: Are there upper and lower limits to temperature?
Most people have heard absolute zero described as the lowest possible temperature, but what does that mean? Is it really the coldest cold, or just the lowest temperature that we can measure? Is there a corresponding ...