Planck's most detailed map ever reveals an almost perfect Universe
(Phys.org) —Acquired by ESA's Planck space telescope, the most detailed map ever created of the cosmic microwave background – the relic radiation from the Big Bang – was released today revealing the ...
New phase of water could dominate the interiors of Uranus and Neptune
Rare galaxy found furiously burning fuel for stars
Astronomers have found a galaxy turning gas into stars with almost 100 percent efficiency, a rare phase of galaxy evolution that is the most extreme yet observed. The findings come from the IRAM Plateau de ...
Breakthrough in hydrogen fuel production could revolutionize alternative energy market
A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to extract large quantities of hydrogen from any plant, a breakthrough that has the potential to bring a low-cost, environmentally friendly fuel source ...
The closest star system found in a century
(Phys.org) —A pair of newly discovered stars is the third-closest star system to the Sun, according to a paper that will be published in Astrophysical Journal Letters. The duo is the closest star system ...
Nanosilicon rapidly splits water without light, heat, or electricity
Updating the textbook: Is the radius of a proton wrong?
Striving for agreement between theory and experiment and pushing the boundaries of precision are important parts of the scientific process.
Mug handles could help hot plasma give lower-cost, controllable fusion energy
(Phys.org)—New hardware lets engineers maintain the plasma used in fusion reactors in an energy-efficient, stable manner, making the system potentially attractive for use in fusion power plants.
Physicists confirm surprisingly small proton radius
International team of physicists confirms surprisingly small proton radius with laser spectroscopy of exotic hydrogen. The initial results puzzled the world three years ago: the size of the proton (to be precise, its charge ...
Hydrogen fuel cell for phone charging set for 2013
Just add water: How scientists are using silicon to produce hydrogen on demand
(Phys.org)—Super-small particles of silicon react with water to produce hydrogen almost instantaneously, according to University at Buffalo researchers.
Key ingredient in mass extinctions could boost food, biofuel production
Hydrogen sulfide, the pungent stuff often referred to as sewer gas, is a deadly substance implicated in several mass extinctions, including one at the end of the Permian period 251 million years ago that ...
Life on Mars? Maybe not: NASA rows back on findings
NASA downplayed Wednesday talk of a major discovery by its Martian rover after remarks by the mission chief raised hopes it may have unearthed evidence life once existed on the Red Planet.
New antimatter method to provide 'a major experimental advantage'
(Phys.org)—Researchers have proposed a method for cooling trapped antihydrogen which they believe could provide 'a major experimental advantage' and help to map the mysterious properties of antimatter that have to date ...