Funneling fundamental particles
Aug 24, 2016
Neutrinos are tricky. Although trillions of these harmless, neutral particles pass through us every second, they interact so rarely with matter that, to study them, scientists send a beam of neutrinos to giant detectors. ...
Image: Planck's flame-filled view of the Polaris Flare
Aug 23, 2016
This image from ESA's Planck satellite appears to show something quite ethereal and fantastical: a sprite-like figure emerging from scorching flames and walking towards the left of the frame, its silhouette a blaze of warm-hued ...
Iron found in fossils suggests supernova role in mass dying
Aug 22, 2016
Outer space touches us in so many ways. Meteors from ancient asteroid collisions and dust spalled from comets slam into our atmosphere every day, most of it unseen. Cosmic rays ionize the atoms in our upper air, while the ...
Simulations suggest that magnetic fields can calm plasma instabilities
Aug 15, 2016
Physicists led by Gerrit Kramer at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have conducted simulations that suggest that applying magnetic fields to fusion plasmas can control instabilities ...
What are magnetars?
Aug 10, 2016
In a previous article, we crushed that idea that the Universe is perfect for life. It's not. Almost the entire Universe is a horrible and hostile place, apart from a fraction of a mostly harmless planet in a backwater corner ...
New method for generating superstrong magnetic fields
Aug 10, 2016
Researchers of MEPhI (Russia), the University of Rostock (Germany) and the University of Pisa (Italy) suggest a new method for generating extremely strong magnetic fields of several giga-Gauss in the lab. Currently available ...
The mysterious missing magnetic monopole
Aug 09, 2016
You've probably heard of the Higgs boson. This elusive particle was predicted to exist long ago and helped explain why the universe works the way it does, but it took decades for us to detect.
Nanobowls offer a way to magnetically deliver drugs in the body
Aug 08, 2016
Imagine a device that could transport drugs to any diseased site in the body with the help of a small magnet. Researchers at the University of California San Diego have taken a step toward that goal by developing nano-sized ...
Physicist propose important medical applications of the magnetocaloric effect
Aug 05, 2016
A group of Russian physicists and Swiss colleagues have developed a way to use magnetocaloric heating or cooling of tissues for possible therapeutic interventions. They've published their results in the latest issue of the ...
Lasers melt rocks to reveal development of super-Earths and how giant impacts make magma
Aug 03, 2016
New experiments provide insight into how Earth-type planets form when giant asteroids or planetesimals collide and how the interiors of such planets develop. Researchers at Hiroshima University, Osaka University, Ehime University, ...