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A First Peek Beneath the Surface of a Comet

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In some of the first research findings to be published from the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, scientists report this week in Science on early measurements of the comet’s subsurface temperature and production of gas from the surface of its nucleus.

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Exotic, Giantic Molecules Fit Inside Each Other Like Russian Nesting Dolls

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University of Chicago scientists have experimentally observed for the first time a phenomenon in ultracold, three-atom molecules predicted by Russian theoretical physicsist Vitaly Efimov in 1970.

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The Wild West of Physics

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In a new National Science Foundation-funded project, University at Buffalo physicists are looking to bridge the gap between two related but distinctive fields: the study of “outer space” (stars and galaxies) and “inner space” (fundamental particles and forces).

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New Signal Amplification Process Set to Transform Communications, Imaging, Computing

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A new signal amplification process discovered by a team of University of California, San Diego researchers is now poised to fuel new generations of electrical and photonic devices – transforming the fields of communications, imaging and computing. In the journal Applied Physics Letters, from AIP Publishing, the team describes their work behind this discovery.

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Laser-Generated Surface Structures Create Extremely Water-Repellent Metals

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Scientists at the University of Rochester have used lasers to transform metals into extremely water repellent, or super-hydrophobic, materials without the need for temporary coatings.

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New Laser-Patterning Technique Turns Metals Into Supermaterials

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By zapping ordinary metals with femtosecond laser pulses researchers from the University of Rochester in New York have created extraordinary new surfaces that efficiently absorb light, repel water and clean themselves. The multifunctional materials could find use in durable, low maintenance solar collectors and sensors.

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Self-Destructive Effects of Magnetically-Doped Ferromagnetic Topological Insulators

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A new atomic-scale study of the surface properties of certain ferromagnetic topological insulators reveals that these materials exhibit extreme, unexpected, and self-destructive electronic disorder.

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Study Shows How Planetary Building Blocks Evolved From Porous to Hard Objects

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Thinking small has enabled an international team of scientists to gain new insight into the evolution of planetary building blocks in the early solar system.

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RHIC Physics Feeds Future High-Tech Workforce: Ágnes Mócsy

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Ágnes Mócsy, a theoretical physicist and tenured associate professor at Pratt Institute, one of the world’s prestigious art and design universities, hopes to convey the sense of awe she experienced seeing Brookhaven Lab's particle collider to the art students she teaches in physics and astronomy classes for non-physics majors.