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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Central NGC 1316: After Galaxies Collide
January 26, 2021

Central NGC 1316: After Galaxies Collide How did this strange-looking galaxy form? Astronomers turn detectives when trying to figure out the cause of unusual jumbles of stars, gas, and dust like NGC 1316. Inspection indicates that NGC...

Scientific American Physics Feed (Top 5 items)

  1. The Mind-Expanding Power of Complementarity (Tue Jan 12 1:00 pm)
    Embracing divergent perspectives at the same time is a key to understanding reality -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  2. New Views of Quantum Jumps Challenge Core Tenets of Physics (Tue Dec 29 6:30 am)
    One of the most basic processes in all of nature—a subatomic particle’s transition between discrete energy states—is surprisingly complex and sometimes predictable, recent work shows -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com ...
  3. Trump Signs Directive to Bolster Nuclear Power in Space Exploration (Mon Dec 21 2:45 pm)
    One goal laid out in the new policy is the testing of a fission power system on the moon by the mid- to late 2020s -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  4. Gravitational Waves Probe Exotic Matter inside Neutron Stars (Thu Dec 17 1:00 pm)
    A new analysis of light and gravitational waves from colliding neutron stars helps reveal what’s inside these ultradense objects -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  5. Physicists Achieve Best Ever Measurement of Fine-Structure Constant (Wed Dec 16 5:45 am)
    Three times more precise than the previous record-holding determination, the result closely agrees with theoretical predictions but could still reveal pathways to new physics -- 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. Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award (Mon Jan 25 11:00 pm)
    (Virginia Tech) New-generation magneto-mechanical devices, such as printed magnetics, could be the answer to that problem, according to Acar.
  2. A benchmark for single-electron circuits (Mon Jan 25 11:00 pm)
    (Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB)) Manipulating individual electrons with the goal of employing quantum effects offers new possibilities in electronics. In order to gain new insights into the physical origin and into metrological...
  3. Intercontinental study sheds light on the microbial life of sourdough (Mon Jan 25 11:00 pm)
    (North Carolina State University) In a study of 500 sourdough starters spanning four continents, scientists have garnered new insights into the environmental factors that contribute to each sourdough starter's microbial ecosystem, and how different...
  4. Solar hydrogen: Photoanodes made of alpha-SnWO4 promise high efficiencies (Mon Jan 25 11:00 pm)
    (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie) Photoanodes made of metal oxides are considered to be a viable solution for the production of hydrogen with sunlight. Alpha-SnWO4 has optimal electronic properties for photoelectrochemical...
  5. Researchers use nanomaterials to make 2D diamond clusters at room temperature (Mon Jan 25 11:00 pm)
    (NYU Tandon School of Engineering) 2D hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) is a promising material that can undergo transition to strong, super lightweight films. Researchers at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering led by Elisa Riedo have discovered...

EurekaAlert Space & Planetary Science News (Top 5 items)

  1. CHEOPS finds unique planetary system (Sun Jan 24 11:00 pm)
    (University of Bern) The CHEOPS space telescope detects six planets orbiting the star TOI-178. Five of the planets are in a harmonic rhythm despite very different compositions - a novelty. CHEOPS is a joint mission by the European Space Agency...
  2. NASA's Roman mission will probe galaxy's core for hot Jupiters, brown dwarfs (Sun Jan 24 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Roman Space Telescope will conduct a microlensing survey to reveal worlds that are similar to the planets in our solar system. Now, a new study shows that the same survey will also unveil more extreme...
  3. New galaxy sheds light on how stars form (Sun Jan 24 11:00 pm)
    (University of Bath) Detailed observations of molecular gas in a tidal dwarf galaxy have important implications for our understanding of how stars are formed.
  4. When galaxies collide (Sun Jan 24 11:00 pm)
    (University of Tokyo) It was previously thought that collisions between galaxies would necessarily add to the activity of the massive black holes at their centers. However, researchers have performed the most accurate simulations of a range...
  5. Puzzling six-exoplanet system with rhythmic movement challenges theories of how planets form (Sun Jan 24 11:00 pm)
    (ESO) Using a combination of telescopes, including the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory (ESO's VLT), astronomers have revealed a system consisting of six exoplanets, five of which are locked in a rare rhythm around...

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