University of Adelaide researchers have delved into the realm of Star Wars and created a powerful tractor beam – or light-driven energy trap – for atoms. Rather than sucking space-ships into a space-station, this tractor beam pulls atoms into a microscopic hole at the center of a special optical fiber. It is opening the way for new quantum experiments that may lead to new secure communications or advanced sensing technologies. Published in the journal Physical Review Applied, the researchers fro... ASTRO WATCH · 4 months
High-tech surfaces could greatly reduce drag and CO2 emissions of ships  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
If ship hulls were coated with special high-tech air trapping materials, up to one percent of global CO2 emissions could be avoided. This is the conclusion... more
Lubricant for oil tankers  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
If ship hulls were coated with special high-tech air trapping materials, up to one percent of global CO2 emissions could be avoided. According to the study, ships could save up to 20 percent of fuel as a result of reduced... more
When cold atoms meet nano: A wired quantum node  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Physicists at the Kastler Brossel Laboratory in Paris have reached a milestone in the combination of cold atoms and nanophotonics. Using fiber-addressable atoms, they have created the first wired atomic... more
Meet the quantum fridge: At 3 atoms in size, it's much smaller than a minibar  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
Researchers in Singapore have built a refrigerator that's just three atoms big. This quantum fridge won't keep your... more
Meet the quantum fridge—at three atoms in size, it's much smaller than a minibar  PHYS.ORG · 3 weeks
Researchers in Singapore have built a refrigerator that's just three atoms big. This quantum fridge won't keep your drinks cold,... more
Laser-driven particle accelerator that can generate pairs of electron beams with different energies  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
Researchers at LMU have built the first-ever laser-driven particle accelerator that can generate pairs of electron beams with different energies. more
System will help planners identify, prioritize highway projects  PHYS.ORG · 2 weeks
A new prototype system that monitors the number and type of tractor-trailers moving through a region could help transportation planners identify and prioritize infrastructure projects and increase operational efficiency. more
What atoms do when liquids and gases meet  SCIENCE DAILY · 4 weeks
From the crest of a wave in the sea to the surface of a glass of water, there are always small fluctuations in density at the point where the air comes in... more
Engineer's 'metallic wood' has the strength of titanium and the density of water  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
High-performance golf clubs and airplane wings are made out of titanium, which is as strong as steel but about twice as light.... more
Earth’s Hydrogen Geocorona Extends Well Beyond Moon  SCI-NEWS.COM · 18 hours
Recent observations from the NASA/ESA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) show that the Earth’s hydrogen envelope reaches up to 391,500 miles (630,000... more
Density fluctuations as door-opener for diffusion on crowded surfaces  Science Magazine · 1 week
How particles can move on a catalyst surface that, under the conditions of an industrial process, is highly covered by adsorbates and where most adsorption sites are occupied has remained... more
'Light tweezers' can move, melt, and scatter mysterious biological 'icebergs'  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
For the first time, scientists have used light beams to manipulate lipid rafts in artificial cell membranes. more
Trump Signs Space Policy Directive 4 in Step to Create Space Force  ASTRO WATCH · 13 hours
President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a directive centralizing all military space functions under a new Space Force, which will be overseen by the... more
Scientists marry gas-trapping framework to light-powered nanocatalysts  nanowerk · 2 weeks
Researchers describe how pseudomorphic replacement, the same chemical process that turns a tree to stone, aided their synthesis of the first metal-organic framework (MOF) around light-powered aluminum nanocatalysts. more
Underground in Jerusalem, a rare look at an ancient tomb  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
Flashlight beams pierce the darkness and reveal an archaeological gem in underground Jerusalem few have had the chance to glimpse in recent years. more
Space Adventures Hopes for Fruitful Cooperation with Roscosmos  ASTRO WATCH · 4 hours
US company Space Adventures, which earlier signed a contract with Roscosmos to deliver two space tourists to the orbit, said... more
Scientists develop first fabric to automatically cool or insulate depending on conditions  SCIENCE DAILY · 2 weeks
Researchers have engineered a new fabric from synthetic yarn with a carbon nanotube coating that is activated by temperature and humidity, releasing heat in... more
On This Day in Space! ISS Astronauts Toss 'SuitSat' Overboard  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
On Feb. 3, 2006, astronauts at the International Space Station tossed an empty spacesuit into space all by itself … for science. See how it happened here in... more
New House space subcommittee chair plans to address commercial space issues  SPACE NEWS · 3 days
The new chair of the House space subcommittee says she’s looking forward to working... more
New Horizons' newest and best-yet view of Ultima Thule  PHYS.ORG · 4 weeks
The wonders – and mysteries – of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 continue to multiply as NASA's New Horizons spacecraft beams home new images of its New Year's Day 2019... more
On This Day in Space! Feb. 1, 2003: Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster  SPACE.COM · 3 weeks
On Feb. 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia broke apart as it returned to Earth after spending more than two weeks in space. See... more
One tiny step for a nematode, one big step toward sustainable agriculture in space  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
An exciting collaboration between the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Pheronym (Alachua, FL), will send... more
Changing How We Build Satellites Could Do More Than Reduce Space Junk  SPACE.COM · 4 weeks
"Space is for everyone" is a popular saying, but it rarely holds true — partly because space is expensive, and partly because certain countries... more
NASA set to demonstrate X-ray communications in space  PHYS.ORG · 4 days
A new experimental type of deep space communications technology is scheduled to be demonstrated on the International Space Station this spring. more
EU Commissioner Floats Idea for European Space Force  ASTRO WATCH · 4 weeks
The European Union should consider setting up a European Space Force, EU commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska said on Tuesday, January 22.... more
Medical News Today: How a light-activated metal could destroy cancer cells  MNT · 3 weeks
New research looks at therapy using light beams to target and kill cancer cells. The investigators think that a compound of the metal iridium could be... more
Interactive space simulation for nanosatellites
Diagnosing 'art acne' in Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings
Shrinking heart
Successful launch of rocket from high-altitude balloon makes space more accessible to microsatellites
Van Allen probes begin final phase of exploration in Earth's radiation belts
Kepler's final image
We've discovered the world's largest drum – and it's in space
Nanosatellite to serve the Internet of Things tested for space
New research opportunities on International Space Station
Ultima Thule is shaped like two lumpy pancakes