New Taiwanese centre to probe origins of universe
Taiwan opened a space research control centre Tuesday, as part of an ambitious international project aimed at exploring the origins of the universe.
Mars Odyssey Orbiter is back in service
(Phys.org) -- NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter has resumed its science observations and its role as a Mars rover's relay, thanks to a spare part that had been waiting 11 years to be put to use.
Fluorescent nanotube coating can detect strain
A new type of paint made with carbon nanotubes at Rice University can help detect strain in buildings, bridges and airplanes.
Dawn easing into its final science orbit
(Phys.org) -- After successfully completing nearly five months scrutinizing the giant asteroid Vesta at its lowest orbit altitude, NASA's Dawn spacecraft will begin its final major science data-gathering phase ...
Team finds buckyballs grow larger by 'eating' vaporized carbon
Venus Express unearths new clues to the planet's geological history
(Phys.org) -- ESA's Venus Express has been used to study the geology in a region near Venus' equator. Using near-infrared observations collected by the Venus Monitoring Camera (VMC), scientists have found ...
Rapid testing of food quality
Whether fruit, meat or cheese - the quality of food is not always as consumers would like it to be. But, in future, a spectrometer will allow them to gage the quality of food before they buy it. No bigger ...
Cassini, Saturn Moon Photographer
NASA's Cassini spacecraft successfully flew by Saturn's moons Enceladus and Dione during close flybys on May 2, 2012, capturing these raw images. The flybys were the last close encounters of these icy moons ...
Martian meteorite touches down at the University of Glasgow
(Phys.org) -- After hundreds of thousands of years drifting in space, a piece of the rocky surface of Mars has made its way into the hands of scientists at the University of Glasgow.
On the safe side: Contact-free analysis of chemical substances
Is it drugs, medicines or explosives? At the Analytica trade fair, German researchers are presenting a terahertz spectrometer that provides reliable, contact-free identification of substances.
Cassini to dip into Enceladus spray again
(Phys.org) -- Less than three weeks after its last visit to the Saturnian moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft returns for an encore. At closest approach on April 14, the spacecraft will be just as low ...
High-tech tactic may expose stealthy salmonella
Even the smallest quantity of Salmonella may, in the future, be easily detected with a technology known as SERS, short for "surface-enhanced Raman scattering." U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist ...
Gases drawn into particles stay there
(Phys.org) -- Contrary to expectations, formation and growth of complex organic particles generated during oxidation of volatile organic molecules by ozone and nitrate follows a non-equilibrium path, according ...
Tasting carbon with WAFT'ed light: New instrument analyzes tiny samples at low pressure and temperature
(Phys.org) -- When delving into the nuances of carbon dioxide, a new instrument designed by scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory "sips" the sample and reveals information about the source of ...