Team Takes Part in Discovering New Planet
extra extra newspaperTel Aviv, Israel (SPX) May 15, 2013 – For the past two years, Professor Tsevi Mazeh and his PhD student, Simchon Faigler, from the School of Physics and Astronomy at TAU, have been searching for planets around other stars using a novel detection method. Their technique is based on identifying three very small effects that occur simultaneously as a planet orbits a star. The first effect is Einstein’s relativistic “beaming” effe … more

Scientists demonstrate pear shaped atomic nuclei
Liverpool UK (SPX) May 14, 2013 – Scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown that some atomic nuclei can assume the shape of a pear which contributes to our understanding of nuclear structure and the underlying fundamental interactions. Most nuclei that exist naturally are not spherical but have the shape of a rugby ball. While state-of-the-art theories are able to predict this, the same theories have predicted t … more

New magnetic graphene may revolutionize electronics
Madrid, Spain (SPX) May 14, 2013 – Researchers from IMDEA-Nanociencia Institute and from Autonoma and Complutense Universities of Madrid (Spain) have managed to give graphene magnetic properties. The breakthrough, published in the journal ‘Nature Physics’, opens the door to the development of graphene-based spintronic devices, that is, devices based on the spin or rotation of the electron, and could transform the electronics indu … more

Impacts of Strong Solar Flares
Greenbelt MD (SPX) May 15, 2013 – Given a legitimate need to protect Earth from the most intense forms of space weather – great bursts of electromagnetic energy and particles that can sometimes stream from the sun – some people worry that a gigantic “killer solar flare” could hurl enough energy to destroy Earth, but this is not actually possible. Solar activity is indeed currently ramping up toward what is known as solar … more

Sifting Through the Atmosphere’s of Far-Off Worlds
Pasadena CA (JPL) May 14, 2013 – Gone are the days of being able to count the number of known planets on your fingers. Today, there are more than 800 confirmed exoplanets – planets that orbit stars beyond our Sun – and more than 2,700 other candidates. What are these exotic planets made of? Unfortunately, you cannot stack them in a jar like marbles and take a closer look. Instead, researchers are coming up with advanced techn … more