NASA's Kepler space telescope revolutionized the study of alien worlds after launching in 2009, and a number of other missions now stand poised to carry the burgeoning field into the future.
Over the next decade, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) aim to launch a handful of spacecraft that should discover thousands of additional exoplanets and characterize some of the most promising — the most apparently Earthlike — new finds in detail.
Encountering the Many Worlds Interpretation Several years ago, I looked into the Many Worlds Interpretation (MWI) of quantum mechanics and concluded that it was not on the right track. It seemed to be creating more conceptual and technical problems...
Graphene has extreme conductivity and is completely transparent while being inexpensive and nontoxic. This makes it a perfect candidate material for transparent contact layers for use in solar cells to conduct electricity without reducing the amount of incoming light - at least in theory. Whether or not this holds true in a real world setting is questionable as there is no such thing as "ideal" graphene - a free floating, flat honeycomb structure consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms: interactions with adjacent layers can change graphene's properties dramatically. Now, Dr. Marc Gluba and Prof. Dr. Norbert Nickel of the HZB Institute for Silicon Photovoltaics have shown that graphene retains its impressive set of properties when it is coated with a thin silicon film. These findings have paved the way for entirely new possibilities to use in thin-film photovoltaics.
The molecule is priceless but it is not a matter of cost – a few hundred dollars per kilo. The value lies in its potential. The molecule in question is called graphene and the EU is prepared to devote €1bn ($1.3bn) to it between 2013 and 2023 to find out if it can transform a range of sectorssuch as electronics, energy, health and construction. According to Scopus, the bibliographic database, more than 8,000 papers have been written about graphene since 2005.
The results from our code review pilot are in! This past August, we launched a pilot with PLOS Computational Biology and some of our colleagues at Mozilla to explore the idea of code review for science.
When I was starting our in my physics career I read an article in the New Scientist about David Bhom's theory. Which I didn't quite follow but though it sounded really interesting. He was at Birkbeck at the time. I thought 'oh well ' I'll write to him with my questions thats the only way I will get to understand this. Not believing I would really get a reply - but to my amasement I got a hand written note back from him outlining the elements of the pilot wave theory. Well impressed - and I still like the positioning of the theory even thoug its out of favour!
Violations of Bell’s Inequalities and Loopholes in Quantum Mechanics Recall that, in 1935, Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen wrote their famous paper that became known as the EPR paradox. In it, they pointed out the bizarre consequences of the mathematics...
PSO J318.5-22 is located 80 light-years away from Earth, has a mass that is six times that of Jupiter, belongs to a collection of young stars called the Beta Pictoris moving group, and is one of the lowest-mass free-floating objects known.
Swing theory: Don't blame physics for your bad golfing Columbus Dispatch Fans watching the world's top golfers compete in the final day of the Presidents Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club today might wonder how these pros manage to hit the ball so...