Researchers apply quantum theory and Einstein's special relativity to plasma physics issues
13 hours ago
Among the intriguing issues in plasma physics are those surrounding X-ray pulsars—collapsed stars that orbit around a cosmic companion and beam light at regular intervals, like lighthouses in the sky. Physicists want to ...
The role of magnetic fields in star formation
21 hours ago
The star forming molecular clump W43-MM1 is very massive and dense, containing about 2100 solar masses of material in a region only one-third of a light year across (for comparison, the nearest star to the Sun is a bit over ...
Microswimmer robot chains can decouple and reconnect in magnetic field
Jul 28, 2016
Drexel University researchers, led by MinJun Kim, PhD, a professor in the College of Engineering, have successfully pulled off a feat that both sci-fi fans and Michael Phelps could appreciate. Using a rotating magnetic field ...
Astronomers gain new insight into magnetic field of Sun and its kin
Jul 27, 2016
Astronomers have used data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to make a discovery that may have profound implications for understanding how the magnetic field in the Sun and stars like it are generated.
A famous supermassive black hole observed with the Gran Telescopio CANARIAS
Jul 27, 2016
Cygnus A is an elliptical galaxy around 600 million light years from the Earth, which has a supermassive black hole at its centre. It is one of the brightest sources of radio waves in the sky and was featured in Contact, ...
Realizing quantum bits
Jul 26, 2016
In computers of the future, information might be stored in the form of quantum bits. But how can a quantum bit be realised?
Bulk superconductor magnetic field record achieved
Jul 25, 2016
Dr Mark Ainslie of the Bulk Superconductivity Group, in conjunction with a Japanese research team, has achieved a bulk superconductor magnetic field record.
The magnetosphere has a large intake of solar wind energy
Jul 22, 2016
Solar wind forms the energy source for aurora explosions. How does the Earth's magnetosphere take in the energy of the solar wind? An international team led by Hiroshi Hasegawa and Naritoshi Kitamura (ISAS/JAXA) analyzed ...
New remote-controlled microrobots for medical operations
Jul 22, 2016
For the past few years, scientists around the world have been studying ways to use miniature robots to better treat a variety of diseases. The robots are designed to enter the human body, where they can deliver drugs at specificlocations ...
Asymmetrical magnetic microbeads turned into micro-robots
Jul 20, 2016
Janus was a Roman god with two distinct faces. Thousands of years later, he inspired material scientists working on asymmetrical microscopic spheres—with both a magnetic and a non-magnetic half—called Janus particles. ...