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Physics News Feeds for Friday March 05, 2021

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Mars in Taurus
March 4, 2021

Mars in Taurus You can spot Mars in the evening sky tonight. Now home to the Perseverance rover, the Red Planet is presently wandering through the constellation Taurus, close on the sky to the Seven Sisters or Pleiades star cluster. In...

Scientific American Physics Feed (Top 5 items)

  1. This Is the Fastest Random-Number Generator Ever Built (Wed Mar 3 12:00 pm)
    A laser generates quantum randomness at a rate of 250 trillion bits per second and could lead to devices small enough to fit on a single chip -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  2. Major Physics Society Will Not Meet in Cities with Racist Policing Records (Tue Mar 2 9:00 am)
    The American Physical Society’s new criteria for conference venues seem to be unique among scientific societies -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  3. Mystery of Spinning Atomic Fragments Solved at Last (Wed Feb 24 10:30 am)
    New experiments have answered the decades-old question of how pieces of splitting nuclei get their spins -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  4. New Supernova Alert System Promises Early Access to Spectacles in Space (Mon Feb 22 5:45 am)
    Upgrades to the SuperNova Early Warning System (SNEWS) detection system offer advance notice of impending blasts -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  5. Snowflake Structure Still Mystifies Physicists (Thu Feb 11 12:00 pm)
    Flakes’ final shape depends on an array of temperature, humidity and wind speed variables -- 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. Twistoptics--A new way to control optical nonlinearity (Wed Mar 3 11:00 pm)
    (Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science) Columbia Engineering researchers report that they developed a new, efficient way to modulate and enhance an important type of nonlinear optical process: optical second harmonic...
  2. Scientists explore the action mechanism of a new antibiotic (Wed Mar 3 11:00 pm)
    (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech)) Scientists from Skoltech and MSU have investigated antibiotic nybomycin that could prove effective against bacteria resistant to other antibiotics.
  3. Study aims to help governments maximize profits from oil and gas auctions (Wed Mar 3 11:00 pm)
    (Rice University) Federal and state governments auction leases to oil and gas companies to extract natural resources from public land. A revamp of the auction system -- utilizing a new model developed by a Rice University economist -- could...
  4. National panel chaired by PPPL expert urges fusion pilot plant by 2035-2040 (Wed Mar 3 11:00 pm)
    (DOE/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory) Article details National Academies report urging US to immediately invest in resolving issues needed to build a fusion-powered pilot plant.
  5. Field study shows icing can cost wind turbines up to 80% of power production (Wed Mar 3 11:00 pm)
    (Iowa State University) Researchers led by Iowa State's Hui Hu took their studies of wind-turbine icing out of the lab and into the field to learn how and where ice accumulates on rotating blades. They learned ice on the blades can reduce power...

EurekaAlert Space & Planetary Science News (Top 5 items)

  1. Earth has a hot new neighbour -- and it's an astronomer's dream (Wed Mar 3 11:00 pm)
    (University of New South Wales) A rocky planet discovered in the Virgo constellation could change how we look for life in the universe.
  2. MAROON-X embarks on its exoplanet quest (Wed Mar 3 11:00 pm)
    (Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA)) Astronomers using the recently installed instrument MAROON-X on Gemini North have determined the mass of a transiting exoplanet orbiting the nearby star Gliese 486. As well as putting...
  3. Factoring in gravitomagnetism could do away with dark matter (Wed Mar 3 11:00 pm)
    (Springer) Current assessments of galactic rotation curves are based upon a framework of Newtonian accounts of gravity, a new paper published in EPJ C, by Gerson Otto Ludwig, National Institute for Space Research, Brazil, suggests that if this...
  4. Volcanoes might light up the night sky of this planet (Wed Mar 3 11:00 pm)
    (University of Bern) Until now, researchers have found no evidence of global tectonic activity on planets outside our solar system. Under the leadership of the University of Bern and the National Center of Competence in Research NCCR PlanetS,...
  5. A super-Earth is discovered which can be used to test planetary atmosphere models (Wed Mar 3 11:00 pm)
    (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC)) During the past 25 years astronomers have discovered a wide variety of exoplanets, made of rock, ice and gas, thanks to the construction of astronomical instruments designed specifically for planet...

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