Swirls in remnants of big bang may hold clues to universe's infancy
South Pole Telescope scientists have detected for the first time a subtle distortion in the oldest light in the universe, which may help reveal secrets about the earliest moments in the universe's formation.
Video: Mars 360: The North Pole
Enjoy views of the martian north pole from all angles in this new animation from ESA's Mars Express.
Video: The Sun reverses its magnetic poles
This visualization shows the position of the sun's magnetic fields from January 1997 to December 2013. The field lines swarm with activity: The magenta lines show where the sun's overall field is negative ...
JILA team develops 'spinning trap' to measure electron roundness
JILA researchers have developed a method of spinning electric and magnetic fields around trapped molecular ions to measure whether the ions' tiny electrons are truly round—research with major implications ...
Arctic development 'a new menace to polar bears'
Oil exploration and increased sea traffic in the Arctic are encroaching on polar bear habitat, adding to the existing climate change risk, representatives of Arctic nations said at a Moscow conference Wednesday.
Image: Titan's sunlit edge
(Phys.org) —The sunlit edge of Titan's south polar vortex stands out distinctly against the darkness of the moon's unilluminated hazy atmosphere. The Cassini spacecraft images of the vortex led scientists ...
Physicists add 'quantum Cheshire Cats' to list of quantum paradoxes
Infrared vision lets researchers see through—and into—multiple layers of graphene
(Phys.org) —It's not X-ray vision, but you could call it infrared vision.
Narrow channel that acts as polarization filter adds new dimension to optical data transmission
Private households are increasingly connecting to the Internet via optical fiber networks, whose bandwidth is suitable for delivering on-demand video. The fibers of the network transmit light simultaneously ...
Beagle's nose predicts few US polar bear cubs
A specially trained beagle's smell test for polar bear pregnancies predicts there will be few new cubs for U.S. zoos this year—although a romantic trip to Pittsburgh apparently turned out well for a female ...
Satellites to probe Earth's strange shield
Europe next week will launch a trio of hi-tech satellites to explore something that may seem utterly mundane: Earth's magnetic field.
Researchers develop technique for imaging individual carbon nanotubes
(Phys.org) —Despite their almost incomprehensibly small size – a diameter about one ten-thousandth the thickness of a human hair – single-walled carbon nanotubes come in a plethora of different "species," ...
US zoo using beagle to detect bear pregnancies
Zoos around the U.S. will soon find out whether a beagle named Elvis can let them know when their polar bears are pregnant.
Scientist tries to predict rise in ocean levels
Columbia climatologist Maureen Raymo is trying to predict the planet's future by looking to its past.