News tagged with ball

What left these spooky trails in the sky?

Ball lightning? Spectral orbs? Swamp gas? Early this morning, May 7, these eerie glowing trails were seen in the sky above the Marshall Islands and were captured on camera by NASA photographer John Grant. Of course, if NASA's ...

dateMay 08, 2013 in Space Exploration
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Six Nations Rugby Union: Were the gloves off?

As the Six Nations Cup reached its patriotic climax, two University of Sheffield engineers were keeping a closely scientific eye on the ball. Experts in tribology—the science of friction—Drs Roger Lewis and Matt Carré ...

dateMar 18, 2013 in Engineering
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Soccer balls in interstellar space

An international team of astronomers led by Masaaki Otsuka (Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics or ASIAA) has detected the C60 fullerene (molecules of carbon with 60 atoms arranged in patterns resembling ...

dateMar 15, 2013 in Astronomy
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Study explains the mystery of ball lightning

(—Sightings of ball lightning have been made for centuries around the world – usually the size of a grapefruit and lasting up to twenty seconds – but no explanation of how it occurs has been universally accepted ...

dateOct 12, 2012 in General Physics
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Novel molecules significantly reduce wear

Machines with sliding and rolling parts are virtually ubiquitous. European funding enabled researchers to develop high-performing coatings and lubricants based on a novel new class of molecules to significantly reduce wear.

dateSep 10, 2012 in Nanomaterials
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