Magnetic field around young star captured
For the first time astronomers, including SRON astronomer Woojin Kwon, have been able to capture the magnetic field in the accretion disk around a young star. The shape of the field was a big surprise. The discovery suggests ...
Samsung starts mass production of industry's first 3-bit 3D V-NAND flash memory
Samsung Electronics today announced that it has begun mass producing the industry's first 3-bit multi-level-cell (MLC) three-dimensional (3D) Vertical NAND (V-NAND) flash memory, for use in solid state drives (SSDs).
Water in the solar system predates the Sun
Water was crucial to the rise of life on Earth and is also important to evaluating the possibility of life on other planets. Identifying the original source of Earth's water is key to understanding how life-fostering ...
How do planets form?
We have a pretty good idea of how planets form around stars. We know that dust is formed from the remnants of supernovae, that protoplanetary disks of dust form around young stars, and that dust grains can ...
Theoretical simulations reveal how nanoscale lubricating systems can ease friction between surfaces
Diamond-like-carbon (DLC) coatings are an innovative technology, exhibiting the twin properties of mechanical toughness and ultralow friction. These features, which are desirable in abrasive environments, ...
Research duo suggest possible explanation for rapid growth of seed black holes in early universe
Young binary star system may form planets with weird and wild orbits
Unlike our solitary Sun, most stars form in binary pairs—two stars that orbit a common center of mass. Though remarkably plentiful, binaries pose a number of questions, including how and where planets form ...
Rare material key to computer advances
Researchers from Victoria University of Wellington have answered fundamental questions about a rare class of materials that could lead to faster, more reliable memory storage in computers.
Black hole 'batteries' keep blazars going and going (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) —Astronomers studying two classes of black-hole-powered galaxies monitored by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have found evidence that they represent different sides of the same cosmic ...
Global telescope array links successfully with GBT
For the first time, the National Science Foundation's Green Bank Telescope (GBT) was successfully linked with a network of millimeter-wavelength telescopes, giving a powerful boost to an observatory known as the Global Millimeter ...
Gift Guide: Solid tech options for upgrading mom
Mom is busy. She's working and making and doing and raising you, among other things. In return, it's probably time for her to upgrade her aging PC or laptop. Hint, hint.
Astronomical forensics uncover planetary disks in Hubble archive
(Phys.org) —Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have applied a new image processing technique to obtain near-infrared scattered light photos of five disks observed around young stars in the ...
IBM physicist wins tech 'Nobel' for 'big data' discoveries (Update)
British physicist Stuart Parkin, one of the brains behind the global "big data" revolution, on Wednesday won Finland's answer to the Nobel Prize, which is awarded by Technology Academy Finland.
Mystery of planet-forming disks explained by magnetism
(Phys.org) —Astronomers say that magnetic storms in the gas orbiting young stars may explain a mystery that has persisted since before 2006.