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Single-molecule diode has record-breaking current

Physics World - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 07:21
Highest rectification ratio ever measured for such a device
Categories: Conventional Science

Hubble finds two chaotically tumbling Pluto moons

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 04:00
A comprehensive analysis of all available Hubble Space Telescope data shows that Nix and Hydra are wobbling unpredictably.
Categories: Astronomy

Crashing comets may explain mysterious lunar swirls

Astronomy Magazine - Thu, 06/04/2015 - 04:00
Simulations suggest that comet impacts can account for many of the features in the swirls.
Categories: Astronomy

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RS2 Fora Comments - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 19:23

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Aussie student proves existence of plasma tubes floating above Earth

AN AUSTRALIAN scientist has discovered that giant, invisible, moving plasma tubes fill the skies above Earth.

It’s a finding that was initially met with a considerable degree of scepticism within the field of astrophysics, but a University of Sydney undergraduate student Cleo Loi, 23, has proven that the phenomenon exists.

By using a radio telescope in the West Australian outback to see space in 3D, Ms Loi has proven that the Earth’s atmosphere is embedded with these strangely shaped, tubular plasma structures. The complex, multilayered ducts are created by the atmosphere being ionised by sunlight.

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Ms Loi said the drifting plasma tubes could distort astronomical data, especially satellite-based navigation systems. It may also mean we need to re-evaluate our thinking about how galaxies, stars and clouds of gas behave and what they look like.

Categories: RS2 Research

Lasers reveal previously unseen fossil details

Physics World - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 09:56
New palaeontological imaging method is cheap and non-destructive
Categories: Conventional Science

Astronomers discover a young solar system around a nearby star

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 04:00
This work provides a valuable key to understanding the early formation of the Sun and planets.
Categories: Astronomy

Cassini sends final close views of odd moon Hyperion

Astronomy Magazine - Wed, 06/03/2015 - 04:00
Hyperion is the largest of Saturn’s irregular moons and may be the remnant of a violent collision that shattered a larger object into pieces.
Categories: Astronomy

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