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  • Physics Week in Review: June 27, 2015

    Physics Week in Review: June 27, 2015

    By Jennifer Ouellette | June 27, 2015 |

    "Light Echoes" Prove That This Neutron Star is Weirdly Like a Black Hole, judging by new images of X-ray image of Circinus X-1 from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Per io9 : "It’s twice as far away as we thought it was, meaning it’s much brighter. […]

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  • Physics Week in Review: June 20, 2015

    Physics Week in Review: June 20, 2015

    By Jennifer Ouellette | June 20, 2015 |

    This week's viral images: Yes, androids do dream of electric sheep . Google set up a feedback loop in its image recognition neural network - which looks for patterns in pictures - "thereby creating hallucinatory images of animals, buildings and landscapes which veer from beautiful to terrifying," per the Guardian . […]

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  • Physics Week in Review: June 13, 2015

    Physics Week in Review: June 13, 2015

    By Jennifer Ouellette | June 13, 2015 |

    To Predict Turbulence, Just Count the Puffs . These tiny swirls of fluid live, die, reproduce, and spark turbulence. "Turbulence emerges when the birth rate of puffs exceeds the death rate, and the puffs are able to colonize the fluid." Black Hole Hunters and their Event Horizon Telescope : Aiming to make the first portrait of the hungry monster at the center of our galaxy, astronomers built ‘a telescope as big as the world' -- a network of antennas that reaches from Spain to Hawaii to Chile. […]

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  • Physics Week in Review: June 6, 2015

    Physics Week in Review: June 6, 2015

    By Jennifer Ouellette and Jennifer Ouellette | June 6, 2015 |

    Astronomers Describe Chaotic Dance of Pluto’s Moons, which turn out to tumble in orbit, Hubble measurements reveal. Analysis of ten years of data from the space telescope has r evealed the unusual trajectories , and also suggests Pluto might in fact be a binary dwarf planet. […]

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  • Physics Week in Review: May 30, 2015

    Physics Week in Review: May 30, 2015

    By Jennifer Ouellette | May 30, 2015 |

    First up: feast your eyes on this Stunning, Multi-Wavelength Image Of The Solar Atmosphere , courtesy of NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, showing a brilliant array of “coronal loops,” magnetic fluxes which form around sunspots and extend into the solar atmosphere. […]

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  • Physics Week in Review: May 23, 2015

    Physics Week in Review: May 23, 2015

    By Jennifer Ouellette | May 23, 2015 |

    Physicists Carved 'Logrithmic Spirals' Into Steel with Laser Vortexes.  "I think this is a significant experimental step to elaborate the beauty of photons that follow a series of twisted patterns in space," MIT nanoplasmonics expert Nicholas Fang told Physics World .  The Large Hadron Collider broke its own record again in 13-trillion-electronvolt test collisions, producing the first images of those collisions. […]

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  • Science Writer Throwdown: Fear and Loathing of Physics

    Science Writer Throwdown: Fear and Loathing of Physics

    By Jennifer Ouellette | May 22, 2015 |

    Breaking news: Physics has a serious image problem. Okay, that's not really news to anyone engaged in the Sisyphean task of physics-related education and outreach to the general public. But it seems the problem has spread to the science writing community. […]

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  • Physics Week in Review: May 16, 2015

    Physics Week in Review: May 16, 2015

    By Jennifer Ouellette | May 16, 2015 |

    New nanomaterials inspired by bird feathers play with light to create color. Related: Check out these Beautiful Abstract Bird Plumage Photographs by Fashion Photographer Thomas Lohr : "instead of capturing the animals in their entirety, he decided to focus on what intrigued him the most: the color, texture, and form of their feathers." Exciting news for particle physics fans: The first collision data is in from the newly upgraded Large HardonCollider. […]

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  • Physics Week in Review: May 9, 2015

    By Jennifer Ouellette | May 9, 2015 |

    It’s back, baby! The Large Hadron Collider sees its first low-energy collisions after restarting. A government laboratory found a way to listen to recordings on fragile wax cylinders inside dolls made by Thomas Edison in 1890. The overall effect is, well, kinda creepy. […]

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  • Physics Week in Review: May 2, 2015

    By Jennifer Ouellette | May 2, 2015 |

    This week, Quanta featured a three-part series on spacetime. Part 1 is by K.C. Cole: Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox. A bold new idea aims to link two famously discordant descriptions of nature. In doing so, it may also reveal how space-time owes its existence to the spooky connections of quantum information. […]

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