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Astronomy Picture of the Day: M43: Orion Falls
December 12, 2018

M43: Orion Falls Is there a waterfall in Orion? No, but some of the dust in M43 appears similar to a waterfall on Earth. M43, part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex, is the often imaged but rarely mentioned neighbor of the more...

Scientific American Physics Feed (Top 5 items)

  1. Facing the End of Science (Sat Dec 8 11:00 am)
    Physicists and others confront science’s limits -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  2. Is the U.S. Lagging in the Quest for Quantum Computing? (Thu Dec 6 7:00 am)
    U.S. government funding is needed to sustain the arduous journey toward a practical quantum computer, experts say -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  3. Spooky Quantum Action Passes Test (Sat Dec 1 8:00 am)
    Recent experiments quash the hope that the unsettling phenomenon of quantum entanglement can be explained away -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  4. Leaning Tower of Pisa Corrects Itself... a Little (Fri Nov 30 5:45 am)
    Four centimeters of bonus straightening have occurred since engineering to lessen the list concluded in 2001 -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  5. Inside the Plans for Chinese Mega-Collider That Will Dwarf the LHC (Tue Nov 27 1:00 pm)
    Physicist Wang Yifang, the mastermind behind the project, gives Nature an update on the ambitious project -- 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. Fighting obesity -- could it be as plain as dirt? (Tue Dec 11 11:00 pm)
    (University of South Australia) It costs the global economy an estimated US $2 trillion annually and has been dubbed a modern day health epidemic, but new research from the University of South Australia has unearthed a possible cure for obesity...
  2. The stiffest porous lightweight materials ever (Tue Dec 11 11:00 pm)
    (ETH Zurich) Researchers at ETH have developed and manufactured a family of architectures that maximises the stiffness of porous lightweight materials. It's practically impossible to develop stiffer designs.
  3. WSU researchers reverse engineer way pine trees produce green chemicals worth billions (Tue Dec 11 11:00 pm)
    (Washington State University) Washington State University researchers have reverse engineered the way a pine tree produces a resin, which could serve as an environmentally friendly alternative to a range of fossil-fuel based products worth...
  4. Members selected for the research program for the development of a quantum annealing machine enabling high-efficiency, high-speed processing (Tue Dec 11 11:00 pm)
    (Yokohama National University) NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701), Tokyo Institute of Technology, Waseda University, and Yokohama National University announced that they have been selected to participate in the 'Project for Innovative AI Chips...
  5. Light-induced modification of a carboxylic acid with an aminocyclopropenone (Tue Dec 11 11:00 pm)
    (Kanazawa University) Researchers at Kanazawa University report in The Journal of Organic Chemistry that carboxylic acids, functional groups contained in biomolecules, drugs, and materials can be readily modified by light-induced organic reactions...

EurekaAlert Space & Planetary Science News (Top 5 items)

  1. Taming turbulence: Seeking to make complex simulations a breeze (Mon Dec 10 11:00 pm)
    (University of Wisconsin-Madison) Previously intractable problems for designing fusion experiments, improving weather models, and understanding astrophysical phenomena such as star formation will be more easily addressed without the need for...
  2. Terahertz laser for sensing and imaging outperforms its predecessors (Mon Dec 10 11:00 pm)
    (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) A terahertz laser designed by MIT researchers is the first to reach three key performance goals at once -- high constant power, tight beam pattern, and broad electric frequency tuning -- and could thus...
  3. NASA measures rainfall from Tropical Cyclone Owen's remnants at Queensland coast (Mon Dec 10 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The low pressure area formerly known as Tropical Cyclone Owen continued to organize and cross the southern Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia on Dec. 11. The Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core...
  4. Did supernovae kill off large ocean animals at dawn of Pleistocene? (Mon Dec 10 11:00 pm)
    (University of Kansas) The effects of a supernova -- and possibly more than one -- on large ocean life like school-bus-sized Megalodon 2.6 million years ago are detailed in a paper just published in Astrobiology.
  5. Calibrating cosmic mile markers (Mon Dec 10 11:00 pm)
    (Carnegie Institution for Science) New work from the Carnegie Supernova Project provides the best-yet calibrations for using type Ia supernovae to measure cosmic distances, which has implications for our understanding of how fast the universe...

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