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Measuring magnetic fields

(Phys.org) -- Polarized light is a familiar phenomenon, as people who prefer polarized sunglasses can testify. The electric field in a beam of light can vibrate either left-right or up-down, and the scattering ...

Apr 09, 2012 5 / 5 (3) 0 | with audio podcast

A universal law for star formation

(PhysOrg.com) -- Star formation is studied by astronomers not only because it produces new stars and planetary systems. It also generates copious amounts of ultraviolet light that heats dust which in turn ...

Jan 09, 2012 4.7 / 5 (3) 0 | with audio podcast

The cool clouds of Carina

(PhysOrg.com) -- Observations made with the APEX telescope in submillimetre-wavelength light reveal the cold dusty clouds from which stars form in the Carina Nebula. This site of violent star formation, which ...

Nov 16, 2011 5 / 5 (1) 2 | with audio podcast

How ammonia affects city's air

(PhysOrg.com) -- Motor vehicles and industry are primary producers of ammonia in Houston's atmosphere, and cars and trucks appear to boost their output during the winter, according to a new study by researchers at Rice University ...

Oct 11, 2011 4 / 5 (2) 0 | with audio podcast

Dark clouds in space

(PhysOrg.com) -- Infrared dark clouds (IRDCs) are dark patches in the sky seen against the continuous, bright infrared background produced by our galaxy. IRDCs are rich in molecules and relatively dense, cool ...

Sep 13, 2011 4.7 / 5 (7) 21 | with audio podcast