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Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Colors of Saturn from Cassini
March 30, 2020

The Colors of Saturn from Cassini What creates Saturn's colors? The featured picture of Saturn only slightly exaggerates what a human would see if hovering close to the giant ringed world. The image was taken in 2005 by the robot...

Scientific American Physics Feed (Top 5 items)

  1. Cooped Up at Home? Help Scientists Spot Penguins from Space or Seek Out Galaxies (Mon Mar 30 11:30 am)
    Some citizen science projects can be done during quarantine -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  2. Decoherence Is a Problem for Quantum Computing, But ... (Mon Mar 30 6:00 am)
    The interactions with the environment that cause it are what make quantum measurement possible -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  3. Scientists Trace Neutron Star Crash That Helped Form Our Solar System (Fri Mar 27 1:00 pm)
    The collision helped seed Earth with its precious metals -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  4. Milky Way Dark Matter Signals in Doubt after Controversial New Papers (Thu Mar 26 1:00 pm)
    New analyses question whether mysterious gamma-ray and x-ray light in the galaxy actually stems from an invisible mass -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  5. Collision on One Side of Pluto Ripped Up Terrain on the Other, Study Suggests (Thu Mar 26 5:45 am)
    A new computer model shows how a buried ocean on the dwarf planet might have enabled seismic waves to travel -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

PhysicsWorld Headline News (Top 5 items)

  1. Physicists beat Lorentz reciprocity for microwave transmission (Thu Feb 22 8:27 am)
    New device could boost telecommunications and be adapted for photonics
  2. Japan's SuperKEKB set for first particle collisions (Wed Feb 21 8:45 am)
    Revamped accelerator will soon be smashing electrons and positrons together
  3. Wood-based 'supermaterial' is stronger and tougher than steel (Wed Feb 21 8:10 am)
    New material is made by compressing treated wood
  4. Three photons bind together to make a ?molecule? of light (Tue Feb 20 10:06 am)
    Technique could be used to create quantum-information systems
  5. Nuclear excitation by electron capture seen at long last (Tue Feb 20 7:55 am)
    Breakthrough could lead to new type of energy source

EurekaAlert Chemistry, Physics, and Materials Sciences News (Top 5 items)

  1. New explanation for sudden heat collapses in plasmas can help create fusion energy (Sun Mar 29 11:00 pm)
    (DOE/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory) PPPL researchers find that jumbled magnetic fields in the core of fusion plasmas can cause the entire plasma discharge to suddenly collapse.
  2. Argonne and CERN weigh in on the origin of heavy elements (Sun Mar 29 11:00 pm)
    (DOE/Argonne National Laboratory) Nuclear physicists from Argonne National Laboratory led an international physics experiment conducted at CERN that utilizes novel techniques developed at Argonne to study the nature and origin of heavy elements...
  3. A new tool for controlling reactions in microrobots and microreactors (Sun Mar 29 11:00 pm)
    (University of Massachusetts Amherst) In a new paper, Thomas Russell and postdoctoral fellow Ganhua Xie, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, report that they have used capillary forces to develop...
  4. The placebo effect and psychedelic drugs: tripping on nothing? (Sun Mar 29 11:00 pm)
    (McGill University) A new study from McGill suggests that, in the right context, some people may experience psychedelic-like effects from placebos alone. The researchers reported some of the strongest placebo effects on consciousness in the...
  5. Evinacumab cuts cholesterol levels by half in patients with HoFH (Sun Mar 29 11:00 pm)
    (American College of Cardiology) The investigational drug evinacumab reduced low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol to near-normal levels among patients with a rare cholesterol disorder, meeting the primary endpoint in the first randomized...

EurekaAlert Space & Planetary Science News (Top 5 items)

  1. Argonne and CERN weigh in on the origin of heavy elements (Sun Mar 29 11:00 pm)
    (DOE/Argonne National Laboratory) Nuclear physicists from Argonne National Laboratory led an international physics experiment conducted at CERN that utilizes novel techniques developed at Argonne to study the nature and origin of heavy elements...
  2. Unique structural fluctuations at ice surface promote autoionization of water molecules (Sun Mar 29 11:00 pm)
    (National Institutes of Natural Sciences) Hydrated protons at the surface of water ice are of fundamental importance in a variety of physicochemical phenomena on earth and in the universe. Hydrated protons can be introduced by the autoionization...
  3. A Martian mash up: Meteorites tell story of Mars' water history (Sun Mar 29 11:00 pm)
    (University of Arizona) University of Arizona researchers probed Martian meteorites to reconstruct Mars' chaotic history. Their findings suggest that Mars might not have had a global magma ocean.
  4. Modern science reveals ancient secret in Japanese literature (Fri Mar 27 11:00 pm)
    (Research Organization of Information and Systems) Nearly a millennium and a half ago, red light streaked the night sky over Japan. Witnesses compared it to the tail of a pheasant -- it appeared as a fan of beautiful red feathers stretched...
  5. Astronaut urine to build moon bases (Thu Mar 26 11:00 pm)
    (FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology) The modules that the major space agencies plan to erect on the Moon could incorporate an element contributed by the human colonizers themselves: the urea in their pee. European researchers...

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