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Sensitive Detection Method May Help Impede Illicit Nuclear Trafficking

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According to a new study in the Journal of Applied Physics, coupling commercially available spectral X-ray detectors with a specialized algorithm can improve the detection of uranium and plutonium in small, layered objects such as baggage. This...
4/14/2014 8:00 AM EDT

Device Turns Flat Surface into Spherical Antenna

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By depositing an array of tiny, metallic, U-shaped structures onto a dielectric material, a team of researchers in China has created a new artificial surface that can bend and focus electromagnetic waves the same way an antenna does.
4/11/2014 11:00 AM EDT

Future Computers that are "Normally Off"

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Researchers at the Japanese National Projects have broadly envisioned the future of spin-transfer torque magnetoresistive random access memory (STT-MRAM), and in the Journal of Applied Physics, they describe how it will radically alter computer...
4/4/2014 9:00 AM EDT

Is the Power Grid too Big?

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Researchers are asking whether there is a "right" size for the U.S. power grid; they believe that smaller grids would reduce the likelihood of severe outages, such as the 2003 Northeast blackout, likening the grid behavior to sandpiles: “Sandpiles...
4/7/2014 10:00 AM EDT

Wind Energy: On the Grid, Off the Checkerboard

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed a new way to study wake effects that includes the airflow both within and around a wind farm and challenges the conventional belief that turbines arrayed in checker board patterns produce the...
3/31/2014 11:00 AM EDT

Mars Mimicking Chamber Explores Habitability of Other Planets

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A research team in Spain has the enviable job of testing out new electromechanical gear for potential use in future missions to the "Red Planet." They do it within their Mars environmental simulation chamber, which is specially designed to mimic...
3/20/2014 11:00 AM EDT

New View of Supernova Death Throes

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A powerful, new three-dimensional model provides fresh insight into the turbulent death throes of supernovas, whose final explosions outshine entire galaxies and populate the universe with elements that make life on Earth possible. Described in AIP...
3/14/2014 10:00 AM EDT

How Twitter Shapes Public Opinion

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How exactly does Twitter, with its 241 million users tweeting out 500 million messages daily, shape public opinion? That question was tackled by a group of researchers in China, who investigated how opinions evolve on Twitter by gathering about 6...
3/6/2014 9:45 AM EST

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Experts Available and Audio Commentary: Nobel Prize in Physics

10/4/2012 4:55 PM EDT

The Spin Racket: Ping-Pong Champs Are Intuitive Masters of Fluid Dynamics

Curve balls may help a pitcher strike out batters in baseball; and some nasty spin can make an opponent sweat to return a tennis serve. But more so than in any other ball game, in table tennis – where the ball is so light and so small –dedicated...
8/8/2012 10:00 AM EDT

Experts Available: Fluid Dynamics and Ship Experts Discuss the Science of the Costa Concordia

When the cruise liner Costa Concordia drew too close to shore near the Italian island of Giglio, a large rocky outcrop quickly sliced through the ship’s hull. While many questions about the dynamics at play during that disaster remain unanswered,...
2/27/2012 8:00 AM EST

Experts Available: Nobel Prize in Physics – Discovery, Impacts, and History

The Nobel Prize in Physics will be announced Tuesday, October 4. The prize is given for the most groundbreaking and influential research. Its history chronicles many of the discoveries that underpin not only modern technology, but also our...
9/30/2011 11:00 AM EDT

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