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Physics News Feeds for Monday January 25, 2021

Astronomy Picture of the Day: Southern Cross over Chilean Volcano
January 25, 2021

Southern Cross over Chilean Volcano Have you ever seen the Southern Cross? This famous four-star icon is best seen from Earth's Southern Hemisphere. The featured image was taken last month in Chile and captures the Southern Cross just...

Scientific American Physics Feed (Top 5 items)

  1. The Mind-Expanding Power of Complementarity (Tue Jan 12 1:00 pm)
    Embracing divergent perspectives at the same time is a key to understanding reality -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  2. New Views of Quantum Jumps Challenge Core Tenets of Physics (Tue Dec 29 6:30 am)
    One of the most basic processes in all of nature—a subatomic particle’s transition between discrete energy states—is surprisingly complex and sometimes predictable, recent work shows -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com ...
  3. Trump Signs Directive to Bolster Nuclear Power in Space Exploration (Mon Dec 21 2:45 pm)
    One goal laid out in the new policy is the testing of a fission power system on the moon by the mid- to late 2020s -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  4. Gravitational Waves Probe Exotic Matter inside Neutron Stars (Thu Dec 17 1:00 pm)
    A new analysis of light and gravitational waves from colliding neutron stars helps reveal what’s inside these ultradense objects -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
  5. Physicists Achieve Best Ever Measurement of Fine-Structure Constant (Wed Dec 16 5:45 am)
    Three times more precise than the previous record-holding determination, the result closely agrees with theoretical predictions but could still reveal pathways to new physics -- 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. Finding a way to stop chemotherapy from damaging the heart (Sun Jan 24 11:00 pm)
    (Ohio State University) There could be an intervention on the horizon to help prevent heart damage caused by the common chemotherapy drug doxorubicin, new research suggests.
  2. FDA approves new cardiovascular drug based on study from Canadian VIGOUR Centre (Sun Jan 24 11:00 pm)
    (University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the drug vericiguat for use in patients with heart failure. The drug was approved in part thanks to the VICTORIA clinical study run by...
  3. Preserving stem cells and tissue without the freezer burn (Sun Jan 24 11:00 pm)
    (University of Ottawa) Dr. Robert Ben, a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Ottawa, is one half of the brainchild behind the development of ice recrystallization inhibitors, which are small organic molecules that...
  4. Boosting the efficiency of carbon capture and conversion systems (Sun Jan 24 11:00 pm)
    (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Researchers at MIT have developed a method to boost the performance of carbon capture systems that use catalytic surfaces to enhance the rates of carbon-sequestering electrochemical reactions.
  5. Photocatalytic reaction in the shadow (Sun Jan 24 11:00 pm)
    (Science China Press) Photoelectrochemical water splitting is a promising technology to convert solar energy into value-added fuels. Theoretically, silicon-based metal-insulator-semiconductor (MIS) photocathode can achieve high efficiency....

EurekaAlert Space & Planetary Science News (Top 5 items)

  1. CHEOPS finds unique planetary system (Sun Jan 24 11:00 pm)
    (University of Bern) The CHEOPS space telescope detects six planets orbiting the star TOI-178. Five of the planets are in a harmonic rhythm despite very different compositions - a novelty. CHEOPS is a joint mission by the European Space Agency...
  2. NASA's Roman mission will probe galaxy's core for hot Jupiters, brown dwarfs (Sun Jan 24 11:00 pm)
    (NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Roman Space Telescope will conduct a microlensing survey to reveal worlds that are similar to the planets in our solar system. Now, a new study shows that the same survey will also unveil more extreme...
  3. New galaxy sheds light on how stars form (Sun Jan 24 11:00 pm)
    (University of Bath) Detailed observations of molecular gas in a tidal dwarf galaxy have important implications for our understanding of how stars are formed.
  4. When galaxies collide (Sun Jan 24 11:00 pm)
    (University of Tokyo) It was previously thought that collisions between galaxies would necessarily add to the activity of the massive black holes at their centers. However, researchers have performed the most accurate simulations of a range...
  5. Puzzling six-exoplanet system with rhythmic movement challenges theories of how planets form (Sun Jan 24 11:00 pm)
    (ESO) Using a combination of telescopes, including the Very Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory (ESO's VLT), astronomers have revealed a system consisting of six exoplanets, five of which are locked in a rare rhythm around...

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