House attached to balloons flies, sets world record (w/ Video)
Quantum hot potato: Researchers entice two atoms to swap smallest energy units
Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have for the first time coaxed two atoms in separate locations to take turns jiggling back and forth while swapping the smallest measurable ...
Microwave photons can nullify the conductivity of electrons confined to the surface of liquid helium
Trapping electrons in a flat plane prevents them from moving freely in the third dimension and opens the door to a whole range of unusual physics. These effects are harnessed, for example, in modern ultrafast ...
Students invited by NASA to send experiments to the edge of space
NASA is inviting student teams to design and build experiments the agency will fly into the stratosphere, a near-space environment, more than 100,000 feet above the Earth.
Astronomers probe ancient radio waves for clues about the universe's first light
In the beginning, there was no light.
Did GD61 eat a Planetessimal?
The primary method by which astronomers hope to study exoplanet atmospheres is by detecting their absorption spectra as they transit their parent stars. However, another way would be to detect the signal of ...
Physicists discover ultrasensitive microwave detector
Physicists from Rice University and Princeton University have discovered how to use one of the information technology industry's mainstay materials -- gallium arsenide semiconductors -- as an ultrasensitive microwave detector ...
Hubble astronomers discover early universe was overheated
If you think global warming is bad, 11 billion years ago the entire universe underwent, well, universal warming.
Solar Probe Plus mission to plunge directly into Sun's atmosphere
NASA has begun development of a mission to visit and study the sun closer than ever before. The unprecedented project, named Solar Probe Plus, is slated to launch no later than 2018.
Space telescope's new survey of outer galaxy helps astronomers study stars
The Spitzer Space Telescope is now taking aim at the outer reaches of the Milky Way and helping two Iowa State University astronomers advance their star studies.
The world is running out of helium: Nobel prize winner
Arctic rocks offer new glimpse of primitive Earth
Scientists have discovered a new window into the Earth's violent past. Geochemical evidence from volcanic rocks collected on Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic suggests that beneath it lies a region of the Earth's mantle ...
Researchers Shed Light on Birth of the First Stars
(PhysOrg.com) -- In the beginning, there were hydrogen and helium. Created in the first three minutes after the Big Bang, these elements gave rise to all other elements in the universe. The factories that ...
A crack in the case for supersolids
New experiments are casting doubt on previously reported observations of supersolid helium. In a paper appearing in the current issue of Physical Review Letters, John Reppy (Cornell University) presents research suggesting that p ...