September 16, 2011
AN ELECTRON takes just billionths of a billionth of a second to escape its host molecule – mere attoseconds. Now we have the first snapshots of what is the initial step in almost every chemical reaction. “We can watch not only the atoms and the nuclei in a chemical reaction. Now we can even watch […]
When NASA announced the discovery of over 1,200 new potential planets spotted by the Kepler Space Telescope, almost a quarter of them were thought to be Super-Earths. Now, new research suggests that these massive rocky planets may be the result of the failed creation of Jupiter-sized gas giants…….. Read more: http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-09-rocky-planets-born-gas-giants.html
PLUTO could hide a liquid ocean beneath its icy shell. Indeed, other bodies on the solar system’s frigid fringe could also harbour subsurface oceans, and these could provide the conditions to sustain life. Temperatures on Pluto’s surface hover around -230 °C, but researchers have long wondered whether the dwarf planet might boast enough internal heat […]
Signals reported in July seemed to indicate that the Higgs boson – a long-theorised particle seen as a missing link in our current understanding of physics – might have been detected among data the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva. But since then, those signals – hinting that the theoretical ‘God’ particle might have […]
Expedition 28 Commander Andrey Borisenko and Flight Engineers Alexander Samokutyaev and Ron Garan land their Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft in Kazakhstan. Russian recovery teams were on hand to help the crew exit the Soyuz vehicle and adjust to gravity after 164 days in space.