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Physics - Environment - 16.03.2010
Jupiter's Red Spot has 'warm heart'
The international team, including scientists from Oxford University and NASA JPL , used thermal images from the Very Large Telescope (Chile), Gemini Observatory telescope (Chile) and Japan's Subaru telescope (Hawaii). They report their findings in the journal Icarus . 'This is the first time we can say that there's an intimate link between environmental conditions - temperature, winds, pressure and composition - and the actual colour of the Great Red Spot,' lead author Leigh Fletcher, from Oxford University's Department of Physics, told me.

Physics - 12.03.2010
Princeton scientists say Einstein's theory applies beyond the solar system
Princeton scientists say Einstein's theory applies beyond the solar system
A team led by Princeton University scientists has tested Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity to see if it holds true at cosmic scales. And, after two years of analyzing astronomical data, the scientists have concluded that Einstein's theory, which describes the interplay between gravity, space and time, works as well in vast distances as in more local regions of space.

Physics - 10.03.2010
General relativity valid on cosmic scale
General relativity valid on cosmic scale
San Francisco - University of California Berkeley An analysis of more than 70,000 galaxies demonstrates that the universe - at least up to a distance of 3.5 billion light years from Earth - plays by the rules set out 95 years ago by Albert Einstein in his General Theory of Relativity.

Physics - 10.03.2010
Study validates general relativity on cosmic scale, existence of dark matter
Study validates general relativity on cosmic scale, existence of dark matter
BERKELEY — An analysis of more than 70,000 galaxies by University of California, Berkeley, University of Zurich and Princeton University physicists demonstrates that the universe – at least up to a distance of 3.5 billion light years from Earth – plays by the rules set out 95 years ago by Albert Einstein in his General Theory of Relativity.

Earth Sciences - Physics - 07.03.2010
Dinosaurs went out with a bang, says study
Dinosaurs went out with a bang, says study
The dinosaurs died out as a result of a huge asteroid strike rather than the eruption of a super volcano, according to a study published today in the journal Science . Dr Paul Bown (UCL Earth Sciences) was part of a panel of researchers who analysed more than two decades? worth of evidence to determine the cause of the Cretaceous?Tertiary (KT) mass extinction.

Earth Sciences - Physics - 05.03.2010
The ever-changing Earth
Researchers at the Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics at Vienna University of Technology (TU) are investigating the effects of the Earth's atmosphere on our planet's shape, its rotation and its gravitational field. The Earth's atmosphere is not only essential to support human life on Earth; it also affects our planet's shape, its rotation and its gravitational field.

Physics - 03.03.2010
Bodleian Library unveils plans for long-awaited renovation of New Bodleian Library
Bodleian Library unveils plans for long-awaited renovation of New Bodleian Library
University 04 Mar 10 Oxford University's world-famous Bodleian Library today unveils its plans for the restoration and renovation of the New Bodleian library building. The long-awaited project has been designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects; planning permission and Listed Building Consent will be applied for at the end of March.

Physics - Chemistry - 03.03.2010
First of Missing Primitive Stars Discovered
First of Missing Primitive Stars Discovered
Cambridge, MA - Astronomers have discovered a relic from the early universe - a star that may have been among the second generation of stars to form after the Big Bang. Located in the dwarf galaxy Sculptor some 290,000 light-years away, the star has a remarkably similar chemical make-up to the Milky Way's oldest stars.

Physics - Mathematics - 02.03.2010
Mega-tsunami hits House of Commons
Mega-tsunami hits House of Commons
A breakthrough discovery by experts at the University of Sheffield, which sheds light on mega-tsunamis on the Sun, is set to be revealed at the House of Commons next week (Monday 8 March 2010). Solar physicists from the University will discuss their discovery of solar Transition Region Quakes to an audience of MPs both from the House of Commons and the House of Lords at the House of Commons Marquee, after being selected by the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee.

Physics - Life Sciences - 02.03.2010
Device for analyzing biological reactions puts the power of a lab in a pocket
Cambridge, Mass. March 2, 2010 - FFictional candy maker Willy Wonka called his whimsical device to sort good chocolate eggs from bad, an eggucator. Likewise, by determining what enzymes and compounds to keep and which to discard, scientists are aiming to find their own golden eggs: more potent drugs and cleaner sources of energy.

Physics - Chemistry - 25.02.2010
Startup joins UCLA tech incubator to develop technologies for drug discovery, screening
Librede Inc. has joined the UCLA on-campus technology incubator space at the California NanoSystems Institute, where the startup company will work on developing technologies to improve ion channel drug discovery and screening. Ion channels are proteins in cell membranes that play a central role in generating and transmitting cardiac and neural signals.

Physics - Mathematics - 25.02.2010
Scientists find an equation for materials innovation
Scientists find an equation for materials innovation
Princeton engineers have made a breakthrough in an 80-year-old quandary in quantum physics, paving the way for the development of new materials that could make electronic devices smaller and cars more energy efficient. By reworking a theory first proposed by physicists in the 1920s, the researchers discovered a new way to predict important characteristics of a new material before it's been created.

Physics - Health - 23.02.2010
Laboratory Fellow Rusty Gray named president of TMS
Scientist named at annual meeting of the The Minerals, Metals LOS ALAMOS, New Mexico, February 24, 2010—Los Alamos National Laboratory Fellow George T. "Rusty" Gray III was selected as 2010 president of The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) during the society's annual meeting this month in Seattle, Washington.

Physics - Mathematics - 23.02.2010
Seven awarded Sloan Research Fellowships
Seven Princeton scientists have been selected to receive 2010 Sloan Research Fellowships, highly competitive grants given to outstanding scholars who are conducting research at the frontiers of their fields. They are among 118 scientists, mathematicians, engineers and economists chosen for the award from 61 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

Physics - Chemistry - 16.02.2010
Astronomers unveil atmospheres of far-away planets
Astronomers unveil atmospheres of far-away planets
The discovery and characterisation of a planet with an Earth-like atmosphere is a step closer thanks to a new observation technique, developed by astronomers at NASA and UCL, using small ground-based telescopes. Published today in Nature , astronomers have identified organic molecules in the atmosphere of a Jupiter-sized planet nearly 63 light years away.

Physics - 15.02.2010
Marriage of Microfluidics and Optics Could Advance Lab-On-a-Chip Devices
Cambridge, Mass. February 15, 2010 - With a silicone rubber “stick-on” sheet containing dozens of miniature, powerful lenses, engineers at Harvard are one step closer to putting the capacity of a large laboratory into a micro-sized package. Microfluidics, the ability to manipulate tiny volumes of liquid, is at the heart of many lab-on-a-chip devices.

Earth Sciences - Physics - 10.02.2010
Researchers reveal polycentric London
Researchers reveal polycentric London
Professor Michael Batty (UCL Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis) and Dr Soong Kang (UCL Management Science and Innovation) applied the techniques of statistical physics to their mountain of raw data. The pair joined forces with a computational social scientist and a physicist, both based in Paris, to explore patterns of commuting by tube into central London.

Physics - Chemistry - 07.02.2010
Ingredients for life present on Saturnian moon, say UCL scientists
Ingredients for life present on Saturnian moon, say UCL scientists
A team from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory working on the Cassini-Huygens mission have found negatively charged water ions in the ice plume of Enceladus.   MSSL's Professor Andrew Coates, lead author of a paper on the latest discovery, said: 'While it's no surprise that there is water there, these short-lived ions are extra evidence for sub-surface water and where there's water, carbon and energy, some of the major ingredients for life are present.

Physics - Mechanical Engineering - 05.02.2010
Princeton scientist makes a leap in quantum computing
Princeton scientist makes a leap in quantum computing
Jason Petta, an assistant professor of physics, has found a way to alter the property of a lone electron without disturbing the trillions of electrons in its immediate surroundings. Such a feat is an important step toward developing future types of quantum computers.

Earth Sciences - Physics - 02.02.2010
Satellite Observations Help Assess Future Earthquake Risk in Haiti
February 03, 2010 — Viginia Key — Scientists at the University of Miami have analyzed images based on Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) observations taken before and just after Haiti's earthquake, on January 12. The images reveal surprising new details. The images were obtained using data from Japan's ALOS satellite and made available to the scientific community through the efforts of GEO, the Group of Earth Observation, an umbrella group of many countries that promotes the exchange of satellite data to efficiently observe our planet, and the European Space Agency (ESA).