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Physics News Feeds for Thursday August 06, 2020

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Messier 20 and 21
August 6, 2020

Messier 20 and 21 The beautiful Trifid Nebula, also known as Messier 20, is easy to find with a small telescope in the nebula rich constellation Sagittarius. About 5,000 light-years away, the colorful study in cosmic contrasts shares this...

Scientific American Physics Feed (Top 5 items)

  1. Higgs Boson Gives Next-Generation Particle Its Heft (Thu Aug 6 9:00 am)
    Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider suggest that muons and other “second-generation particles” obtain their mass from interacting with the Higgs, further strengthening the Standard... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com ...
  2. Translucent Frog Optics Create Camo Color (Tue Aug 4 10:29 am)
    Rather than undergoing active chameleonlike color changes, glass frogs’ translucency allows light to bounce from their background and go through them—making their apparent color close to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com ...
  3. The Scientific Question Machine (Thu Jul 30 8:00 am)
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  4. Why NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover Uses Nuclear Energy (Wed Jul 29 2:30 pm)
    Radioactive plutonium is crucial for keeping this and other power-hungry deep-space missions warm and working for years on end -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  5. In Bee Shortage, Bubbles Could Help Pollinate (Mon Jul 27 7:41 pm)
    Soap bubbles are sticky enough to carry a pollen payload and delicate enough to land on flowers without harm. -- 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. Revealing destructive cracks in rock (Wed Aug 5 11:00 pm)
    (Texas A&M University) Texas A&M University researcher Dr. Siddarth Misra was given a $548,099 grant on June 7, 2020, from the Department of Energy (DOE) to use technology and machine-learning analysis on provided data measurements to portray...
  2. Electric cooker an easy, efficient way to sanitize N95 masks, study finds (Wed Aug 5 11:00 pm)
    (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau) Owners of electric multicookers may be able to add another use to its list of functions, a new study suggests: sanitization of N95 respirator masks. The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign...
  3. New science behind algae-based flip-flops (Wed Aug 5 11:00 pm)
    (University of California - San Diego) Sustainable flip-flops: A team of UC San Diego researchers has formulated polyurethane foams made from algae oil to meet commercial specifications for midsole shoes and the foot-bed of flip-flops. The...
  4. A new look at Mars' eerie, ultraviolet nighttime glow (Wed Aug 5 11:00 pm)
    (University of Colorado at Boulder) An astronaut standing on Mars couldn't see the planet's ultraviolet "nightglow." But this phenomenon could help scientists to better predict the churn of Mars' surprisingly complex atmosphere.
  5. Training neural circuits early in development improves response, study finds (Wed Aug 5 11:00 pm)
    (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, News Bureau) When it comes to training neural circuits for tissue engineering or biomedical applications, a new study suggests a key parameter: Train them young. Training of engineered neurons has...

EurekaAlert Space & Planetary Science News (Top 5 items)

  1. A new look at Mars' eerie, ultraviolet nighttime glow (Wed Aug 5 11:00 pm)
    (University of Colorado at Boulder) An astronaut standing on Mars couldn't see the planet's ultraviolet "nightglow." But this phenomenon could help scientists to better predict the churn of Mars' surprisingly complex atmosphere.
  2. NASA's Maven observes martian night sky pulsing in ultraviolet light (Wed Aug 5 11:00 pm)
  3. NASA's OSIRIS-REx is one rehearsal away from touching asteroid Bennu (Wed Aug 5 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's first asteroid sampling spacecraft is making final preparations to grab a sample from asteroid Bennu's surface.
  4. Arecibo Observatory returns from tropical storm Isaias lockdown to track asteroid for NASA (Wed Aug 5 11:00 pm)
    (University of Central Florida) Arecibo's Planetary Radar Group quickly shift from storm response to track asteroid 2020 NK1. Before the Arecibo observations, 2020 NK1 was calculated to be one of the biggest threats out of all known asteroids...
  5. Researchers take the ultimate Earth selfie (Wed Aug 5 11:00 pm)
    (University of Colorado at Boulder) In a new study, a team of scientists set out to achieve something new in planetary photography: The group used the Hubble Space Telescope to try to view Earth as if it were an exoplanet.

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