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Signs of a supersolid at the March APS meeting

PITTSBURGH—Look in that lab: it's a gas, it's a solid, it's a superfluid—it's SuperSolid! Well, maybe.

The "it" in question is a collection of rubidium atoms cooled to within a whisker of absolute zero and the lab is physicist Dan Stamper-Kurn's at the University of California, Berkeley...

March 19, 2009 — Graham P. Collins

In transit again, this time away from North Pond

Editor's Note: University of Southern California geobiologist Katrina Edwards is taking part in a three-week drilling project at the Atlantic's North Pond—a sediment-filled valley on the ocean floor—designed to locate and study what she calls the “intraterrestrials”: the myriad microbial life-forms living inside Earth's crust...

March 19, 2009 — Katrina Edwards

Tonga volcano spews spectacular plume into South Pacific sky

An undersea volcano in the South Pacific is spewing stunning columns of smoke, steam and ash thousands of feet into the air.   The eruption began Monday after a series of earthquakes near Tonga, a 170-island archipelago between Australia and Tahiti, residents told the Associated Press...

March 19, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Actress Natasha Richardson dies after ski accident

Tony Award-winning actress Natasha Richardson died today after a fall yesterday at a Quebec ski resort, according to a family statement. No cause of death was given, but it has been widely reported that the seemingly minor tumble led to bleeding in the brain...

March 18, 2009 — Lisa Stein

Good-bye North Pond! See you in 2010? 2011?

Editor's Note: University of Southern California geobiologist Katrina Edwards is taking part in a three-week drilling project at the Atlantic's North Pond—a sediment-filled valley on the ocean floor—designed to locate and study what she calls the “intraterrestrials”: the myriad microbial life-forms living inside Earth's crust...

March 18, 2009 — Katrina Edwards

CMV vaccine shows promise

Cytomegalovirus (CMV), a form of herpes, is the most commonly transmitted infection between pregnant women and their babies, affecting 30,000 U.S. newborns a year and leaving some 8,000 of them with permanent damage ranging from mental retardation to vision and hearing loss...

March 18, 2009 — Jordan Lite

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