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Ultrathin Microlenses Could Boost Space Science and Tech
Researchers have created the first ultrathin, flat lens able to focus light just as well as its curved counterparts. The new tech could allow more-compact and robust cameras and microscopes to be built.
[in tech-robots]
Mars' Mysterious South Pole Revealed in New Photo
A newly released photo provides a great look at Mars' seldom-seen South Pole. The swirling white dot toward the bottom of the photo, which was taken by the European Space Agency's Mars Express spacecraft, is the Red Planet’s south polar ice cap.
[in science-astronomy]
New 'Habitability Index' Could Help Guide Search for Alien Life
Researchers have created a "habitability index" that allows them to rank alien worlds in terms of their life-hosting potential. The metric could help guide the operations of future observatories that will scan exoplanet atmospheres for signs of life.
[in search-for-life]
India's first space observatory in good shape, performing science ops
Los Angeles CA (SPX) Oct 13, 2015
India's Astrosat spacecraft, the country's first space observatory that was launched into orbit on Sept. 28, is in good shape and has already started performing science operations, according to a scientist involved in the mission. "It is in good shape and in stable communication with the ground stations in and near Bengaluru," K.P. Singh of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR) in Mu
A quantum simulator of impossible physics
Basque Country, Spain (SPX) Oct 09, 2015
The researchers in the two groups have succeeded in getting a trapped atom to imitate behaviours that contradict its own fundamental laws, thus taking elements of science fiction to the microscopic world."We have managed to get an atom to act as if it were infringing the nature of atomic systems, in other words, quantum physics and the theory of relativity. It is just like what happens in
New design rule brings nature-inspired nanostructures one step closer
Berkeley CA (SPX) Oct 08, 2015
Scientists aspire to build nanostructures that mimic the complexity and function of nature's proteins, but are made of durable and synthetic materials. These microscopic widgets could be customized into incredibly sensitive chemical detectors or long-lasting catalysts, to name a few possible applications.But as with any craft that requires extreme precision, researchers must first learn h
Superconductivity trained to promote magnetization
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Oct 07, 2015
Superconductivity, which is almost incompatible with magneticfield, under certain conditions is able to promote magnetization. Russian scientist Natalya Pugach from the Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics at the Lomonosov Moscow State University discovered this yet to be explained effect with her British colleagues, whose theory group headed by Professor Matthias Eschrig. They suggest that t
Robotic Laser Astronomy on the Rise
Kitt Peak AZ (SPX) Oct 13, 2015
The world's first robotic laser adaptive optics system, developed by a team led by University of Hawaii at Manoa astronomer Christoph Baranec, will soon find a new home at the venerable 2.1-meter (83-inch) telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona. This system, renamed Robo-AO KP, will be the world's first dedicated adaptive optics astronomical observatory and will allow astronomers
Russian Rocket Engine Delivery to China May Be Agreed by December
Harbin, China (Sputnik) Oct 13, 2015
Russia may sign a rocket engine delivery agreement with China during Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's visit in mid-December, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Monday."We are talking about an agreement to deliver Russian rocket engines to China, as well as counter deliveries of Chinese microelectronics we need in spacecraft development," Rogozin said after meeting Chinese V
A Sharp-Eyed Future for Historic Kitt Peak Telescope
Pasadena CA SPX) Oct 13, 2015
A team led by the California Institute of Technology has been selected to transform the venerable 2.1 meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory into the first dedicated adaptive optics (AO) observatory for astronomy. This system, named Robo-AO KP, will allow astronomers to study, at high angular resolution, large numbers of astronomical objects, spanning science from planetary to stellar
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