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This Bay Area physicist and pioneer in quantum physics just won a Nobel Prize

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 18:47
Subatomic particles can be linked to each other even if separated by billions of light-years of space. But this strange and spooky phenomenon hadn't been proven until Walnut Creek-based physicist John Clauser performed a pioneering experiment at ...

Nobel Prize in Physics Recognizes Quantum Science Advances

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 18:37
“This prize reflects the importance of the awardees' experiments to our fundamental understanding of quantum mechanics as well as to emerging technologies such as quantum computers and quantum communication,” said Frances Hellman, President of APS.

Quantum entanglement: the 'spooky' science behind physics Nobel

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 18:22
New Nobel laureate Anton Zeilinger in front of a famous picture of Albert Einstein sticking out his tongue. This year's physics Nobel prize was awarded Tuesday to three men for their work on a phenomenon ...

Comet-like debris trail spotted after spacecraft crashes into asteroid

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 18:18
At first glance, a new image captured by a telescope in Chile looks like a dazzling comet streaking across the night sky, followed by a long, glowing tail. Instead, it's the debris plume created when NASA's DART spacecraft crashed into the asteroid ...

3 physicists share Nobel Prize for work on quantum science

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 17:08
Three scientists have jointly won this year's Nobel Prize in physics for their work on quantum information science that has significant applications, including the secure encryption of information. BySETH BORENSTEIN, MADDIE BURAKOFF and FRANK JORDANS ...

Detailed simulation reveals new explanation for the moon's formation

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 17:00
These simulations show a giant impact immediately placing a moon-like body into orbit around Earth, as opposed to previous models that show the moon forming by gradual accumulation of debris from Earth's impact with Theia. “ ...

Dinosaur-killing asteroid sent mile-high wave across Earth, new University of Michigan study shows

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 16:45
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (FOX 2) - Sixty-six million years ago, an asteroid estimated to be miles wide collided with Earth's surface, causing destruction on a scale never before seen. Believed to be a mass extinction event that wiped out nearly all living ...

Live coverage: Atlas 5 to deploy two SES comsats near geosynchronous orbit

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 16:44
Live coverage of the countdown and launch of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket from pad 41 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. The mission will launch the commercial SES 20 and SES 21 communications satellites toward geosynchronous ...

Final Atlas V 531 launches dual SES-20 and SES-21 satellites

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 16:13
United Launch Alliance (ULA) has launched the dual-manifested SES-20 & 21 telecommunication satellites on the final Atlas V 531 rocket to a near-circular geosynchronous orbit (GSO). The Atlas V launched from Space Launch Complex-41 (SLC-41) at the Cape ...

Why itching can be contagious: Reflex pathway is identified in mice

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 16:09
The researchers also found this contagious itch signaling didn't appear to pass through the usual visual pathway seen in primates and rodents, which involves the visual cortex. Light normally activates these neurons, but when ...

James Webb and Hubble capture aftermath of DART slamming into asteroid

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 16:01
Both the James Webb Space Telescope and Hubble Space Telescope observed the tiny asteroid Dimorphos several hours after NASA's DART spacecraft slammed into it to test the technique of using a kinetic impact to alter the path of an asteroid.

Quantum experiments with entangled photons win the 2022 Nobel Prize in physics

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 15:50
Alain Aspect and John Clauser confirmed that the rules of quantum mechanics, as weird and difficult to believe as they are, really do rule the world, while Anton Zeilinger has taken advantage of strange quantum behavior to develop rudimentary applications ...

Explorers of Quantum Entanglement Win 2022 Nobel Prize in Physics

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 15:43
This year's Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded in equal parts to Alain Aspect of the University of Paris–Saclay, John F. Clauser of J. F. Clauser & Associates and Anton Zeilinger of the University of Vienna for their pathfinding work in quantum ...

After Hurricane Ian delays, Florida to see 3 launches in 3 days

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 15:41
SpaceX has two launches this week, including NASA's Crew-5 astronaut mission on Wednesday at noon. ULA will launch two communications satellites from Cape Canaveral at 5:36 p.m. EDT Tuesday.

Watch How Harpoon-Headed Mosquito Larvae Kill Their Prey

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 15:07
He planned to use his interest in the natural world to better understand insects as disease vectors in order to help improve global health. But he found that he was also captivated by the insects themselves. One in particular, Toxorhynchites amboinensis, ...

Three scientists share Nobel Prize in Physics for work in quantum mechanics

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 14:33
Clauser, 79, was awarded his prize for a 1972 experiment that helped settle a famous debate about quantum mechanics between Einstein and famed physicist Niels Bohr. Einstein described "a spooky action at a distance" that he thought would eventually be ...

Antarctic glaciers vulnerable to rising temperatures

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 14:30
On the East Antarctic Plateau there are huge glaciers under the sea. In order to improve future scenarios related to rising sea levels, scientists need to understand the ways in which these glaciers will respond to rising temperatures in the atmosphere ...

Asteroid that killed the dinosaurs also triggered global tsunami

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 14:02
In particular, the scientists looked at "boundary sections," which are marine sediments laid down just before and just after the Chicxulub impact and the mass extinction that ended the era of our planet called the Cretaceous period.

Nobel prize for quantum physicists who explained particles' 'spooky behavior'

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 12:54
Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser and Anton Zeilinger have won the Nobel Prize for physics for their landmark achievements in quantum mechanics – the study of the behavior of particles and atoms – the organizing committee announced in Stockholm on Tuesday.

One of the year's most beautiful meteor showers lights up the sky this month

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 12:02
For the longest, most spectacular meteors, NASA says to view the Orionids from 45 to 90 degrees away from their “radiant” — astro-speak for the point in the sky from which a meteor shower appears to originate; in this case, the constellation Orion.