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Astronomy Picture of the Day: Comet 46P Wirtanen
November 15, 2018

Comet 46P Wirtanen Periodic Comet 46P/Wirtanen is now the brightest comet in the night sky, but too faint to be seen by eye. From dark sky sites it could just become naked-eye visible though, as it's 5.4 year long looping orbit takes it...

Scientific American Physics Feed (Top 5 items)

  1. The Search for the Most Distant Galaxies in the Universe (Tue Nov 6 8:00 am)
    Astronomers have found some of the most distant galaxies in the universe, opening a window on a previously unknown period of cosmic history -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  2. Illicit Nuclear Bomb Tests Get Pinned Down (Tue Nov 6 8:00 am)
    Illicit nuclear detonations are anything but secret -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  3. Philosophy Has Made Plenty of Progress (Sun Nov 4 10:00 am)
    Philosopher Tim Maudlin sees advances in free will, morality and the meaning of quantum mechanics -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  4. Pushing the Boundaries in Quantum Electronics (Sat Nov 3 11:00 am)
    So-called “topological insulators” could revolutionize computing -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  5. Europe Shows First Cards in ?1-billion Quantum Bet (Tue Oct 30 7:00 am)
    One of the most ambitious EU ‘Flagship’ schemes yet has picked 20 projects, aiming to turn weird physics into useful products -- 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 study reveals connection between climate, life and the movement of continents (Wed Nov 14 11:00 pm)
    (University of Texas at Austin) A new study by The University of Texas at Austin has demonstrated a possible link between life on Earth and the movement of continents. The findings show that sediment, which is often comprised from pieces of...
  2. Phenyl addition made a poison useful for a chemical reaction in catalysis (Wed Nov 14 11:00 pm)
    (Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology) Scientists from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology (TUAT), Japan, have discovered that a catalyst poison, which deactivates homogeneous catalysts, can be converted into an efficient...
  3. UTA researcher to use grant to employ better ways to bolster embankments, soil (Wed Nov 14 11:00 pm)
    (University of Texas at Arlington) A UTA civil engineering soil researcher is using multiple-year, $600,000 grant funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation regional center and the Texas Department of Transportation that will employ...
  4. Drop your weapons! (Wed Nov 14 11:00 pm)
    (Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute) It takes energy to make weapons, but it may take even more energy to maintain them. Because leaf-footed bugs drop their legs, it is possible to measure how much energy they allocate to maintaining this...
  5. Two teams honored for using supercomputers to combat opioid addiction, understand climate change (Wed Nov 14 11:00 pm)
    (Association for Computing Machinery) ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has announced that two teams will share the 2018 ACM Gordon Bell Prize. A seven-member team affiliated with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory is recognized...

EurekaAlert Space & Planetary Science News (Top 5 items)

  1. SwRI scientists map magnetic reconnection in Earth's magnetotail (Wed Nov 14 11:00 pm)
    (Southwest Research Institute) Analyzing data from NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, a team led by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has found that the small regions in the Earth's magnetosphere that energize the polar aurora...
  2. NASA keeps watch over space explosions (Wed Nov 14 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale mission has been observing a type of space explosion called magnetic reconnection for three years. MMS just witnessed such an explosion in a unique location: the part of Earth's...
  3. Trans-galactic streamers feeding most luminous galaxy in the universe (Wed Nov 14 11:00 pm)
    (National Radio Astronomy Observatory) ALMA data show the most luminous galaxy in the universe has been caught in the act of stripping away nearly half the mass from at least three of its smaller neighbors.
  4. UNH scientists help provide first-ever views of elusive energy explosion (Wed Nov 14 11:00 pm)
    (University of New Hampshire) Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have captured a difficult-to-view singular event involving 'magnetic reconnection' -- the process by which sparse particles and energy around Earth collide producing...
  5. Cosmic fireworks (Wed Nov 14 11:00 pm)
    (University of Delaware) It's not every day you get to observe a gamma-ray binary system. In fact, it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience comparable to seeing Halley's Comet or a solar eclipse. Here's what a UD team saw.

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