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Astronomy Picture of the Day: The Shifting Tails of Comet NEOWISE
August 12, 2020

The Shifting Tails of Comet NEOWISE Keep your eye on the ion tail of Comet NEOWISE. A tale of this tail is the trail of the Earth. As with all comets, the blue ion tail always points away from the Sun. But as Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE)...

Scientific American Physics Feed (Top 5 items)

  1. How Scientists Solved One of the Greatest Open Questions in Quantum Physics (Tue Aug 11 8:00 am)
    The story of a macroscopic quantum system and a mathematical odyssey -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  2. The Film Radioactive Shows How Marie Curie Was a "Woman of the Future" (Sun Aug 9 1:00 pm)
    A world-famous scientist is depicted with a nuance befitting both her achievements and her struggles -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  3. Higgs Boson Gives Next-Generation Particle Its Heft (Thu Aug 6 9:00 am)
    Experiments at the Large Hadron Collider suggest that muons and other “second-generation particles” obtain their mass from interacting with the Higgs, further strengthening the Standard... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com ...
  4. Translucent Frog Optics Create Camo Color (Tue Aug 4 10:29 am)
    Rather than undergoing active chameleonlike color changes, glass frogs’ translucency allows light to bounce from their background and go through them—making their apparent color close to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com ...
  5. Gravitational Waves and the Poetry of Blackfoot (Sat Aug 1 8:00 am)
    -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

PhysicsWorld Headline News (Top 5 items)

  1. Physicists beat Lorentz reciprocity for microwave transmission (Thu Feb 22 8:27 am)
    New device could boost telecommunications and be adapted for photonics
  2. Japan's SuperKEKB set for first particle collisions (Wed Feb 21 8:45 am)
    Revamped accelerator will soon be smashing electrons and positrons together
  3. Wood-based 'supermaterial' is stronger and tougher than steel (Wed Feb 21 8:10 am)
    New material is made by compressing treated wood
  4. Three photons bind together to make a ?molecule? of light (Tue Feb 20 10:06 am)
    Technique could be used to create quantum-information systems
  5. Nuclear excitation by electron capture seen at long last (Tue Feb 20 7:55 am)
    Breakthrough could lead to new type of energy source

EurekaAlert Chemistry, Physics, and Materials Sciences News (Top 5 items)

  1. Preliminary study of 300+ COVID-19 patients suggests convalescent plasma therapy effective (Tue Aug 11 11:00 pm)
    (Houston Methodist) A preliminary analysis of an ongoing study of more than 300 COVID-19 patients treated with convalescent plasma therapy at Houston Methodist suggests the treatment is safe and effective. The results, published in The American...
  2. Researchers identify a protein that may help SARS-CoV-2 spread rapidly through cells (Tue Aug 11 11:00 pm)
    (Colorado State University) Eric Ross and Sean Cascarina, biochemistry and molecular biology researchers at Colorado State University, have released a research paper identifying a protein encoded by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19,...
  3. Lack of females in drug dose trials leads to overmedicated women (Tue Aug 11 11:00 pm)
    (University of California - Berkeley) Women are more likely than men to suffer adverse side effects of medications because drug dosages have historically been based on clinical trials conducted on men, suggests new research from the University...
  4. Study provides insights into how Zika virus suppresses the host immune system (Tue Aug 11 11:00 pm)
    (University of California - Riverside) A research team led by scientists at the University of California, Riverside, has outlined how the Zika virus, which constituted an epidemic threat in 2016, suppresses the immune system of its host. The...
  5. Programmed bacteria have something extra (Tue Aug 11 11:00 pm)
    (Rice University) Rice University chemists expand the genetic code of Escherichia coli bacteria to produce a synthetic building block, a "noncanonical amino acid" that makes it a living indicator for oxidative stress. The research is a step...

EurekaAlert Space & Planetary Science News (Top 5 items)

  1. NASA finds hurricane Elida's eye covered (Tue Aug 11 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Aqua satellite obtained visible imagery of Hurricane Elida in the Eastern Pacific as it continued to weaken. Imagery revealed that Elida's eye had become covered as the storm embarks on a weakening...
  2. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite finds a stubborn tropical depression 06W (Tue Aug 11 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Depression 06W has been around for days, and continues to hold together as it moves in a westerly direction toward Taiwan in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured...
  3. How stars form in the smallest galaxies (Tue Aug 11 11:00 pm)
    (Lund University) The question of how small, dwarf galaxies have sustained the formation of new stars over the course of the Universe has long confounded the world's astronomers. An international research team led by Lund University in Sweden...
  4. ALMA sees most distant Milky Way look-alike (Tue Aug 11 11:00 pm)
    (ESO) Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have revealed an extremely distant and therefore very young galaxy that looks surprisingly like our Milky Way. The galaxy is so far away its light has taken more...
  5. Perovskite and organic solar cells rocketed into space (Tue Aug 11 11:00 pm)
    (Cell Press) For the first time, researchers in Germany sent perovskite and organic solar cells on a rocket into space. The solar cells withstood the extreme conditions in space, producing power from direct sunlight and reflective light from...

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