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2012-03-15 16:53:06

A group of scientists led by researchers from the University of Rochester and North Carolina State University have for the first time sent a message using a beam of neutrinos — nearly massless particles that travel at almost the speed of light. The message was sent through 240 meters of stone and said simply, "Neutrino." "Using neutrinos, it would be possible to communicate between any two points on Earth without using satellites or cables," said Dan Stancil, professor of electrical...

2012-03-08 14:51:43

An international particle physics collaboration today announced its first results toward answering a longstanding question — how the elusive particles called neutrinos can appear to vanish as they travel through space. The result from the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment [link: http://dayawane.ihep.ac.cn/] describes a critical and previously unmeasured quality of neutrinos — and their antiparticles, antineutrinos — that may underlie basic properties of matter and...

August Supernova Was A White Dwarf
2012-01-11 13:25:22

Fluke observation 4 hours after star exploded allows stronger limits on size of progenitor Last year's discovery of the nearest Type Ia supernova in decades — captured only 11 hours after it exploded — allowed astronomers to finally cinch the identity of the stars behind these explosions, which have become key measures of cosmic distance. That supernova, called SN2011fe, and presumably most Type Ia supernovae were originally white dwarfs extremely dense and compact stars...

2011-12-09 12:12:37

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have found a way to manipulate atoms' internal states with lasers that dramatically influences their interactions in specific ways. Such light-tweaked atoms can be used as proxies to study important phenomena that would be difficult or impossible to study in other contexts. Their most recent work, appearing in Science,* demonstrates a new class of interactions thought to be important to the physics of superconductors that...

2011-11-28 17:26:00

New research adds doubt that a prominent European astrophysics experiment may have found evidence of dark matter. In an interview, Stanford´s Stefan Funk and Justin Vandenbroucke talk about their findings, as well as how they tricked a telescope into searching for particles it wasn´t designed to detect. Like jazz musicians who make up a melody as they go along, scientists often improvise even after an experiment is underway. One recent example of this comes from the Fermi...

Physicists Set Strongest Limit On Mass Of Dark Matter
2011-11-25 04:21:29

Brown University physicists have set the strongest limit for the mass of dark matter, the mysterious particles believed to make up nearly a quarter of the universe. The researchers report in Physical Review Letters that dark matter must have a mass greater than 40 giga-electron volts. The distinction is important because it casts doubt on recent results from underground experiments that have reported detecting dark matter. If dark matter exists in the universe, scientists now have set the...

Fast Than The Speed Of Light? Not So Fast Scientists Say
2011-11-21 09:22:37

Italian scientists who had seemingly found further evidence that neutrino particles were in fact traveling faster than the speed of light based on experiments have been dealt a major blow over the weekend by another team working at the Gran Sasso laboratory in Italy that claims the evidence must be flawed, according to a recent Reuters report. An announcement in September by a team of scientists working on the OPERA (Oscillation Project with Emulsion-tracking Apparatus) experiment claiming...

New Tests Confirm Neutrinos Are Still Faster Than Light
2011-11-18 12:36:05

Scientists who believed to have found in September that certain neutrinos travel faster than light have ruled out a potential source of error in their measurements after completing a second round of tests, further fracturing Einstein´s theory of relativity. The team´s results, posted on the ArXiv preprint server this morning, confirmed their earlier measurements that neutrinos, sent through the ground from CERN -- on the Swiss-French border -- to the Gran Sasso lab in Italy 450...

2011-10-07 13:39:42

Using one of the most sensitive neutrino detectors on the planet, an international team including physicists Laura Cadonati and Andrea Pocar at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are now measuring the flow of solar neutrinos reaching earth more precisely than ever before. The detector probes matter at the most fundamental level and provides a powerful tool for directly observing the sun´s composition. Pocar, Cadonati and colleagues report in the current issue of Physical Review...

CRESST II Experiment Finds Possible Hints Of Dark Matter
2011-09-07 12:35:28

  Researchers at the CRESST II experiment in Italy say they may have seen more hints of dark matter. The team said they have spotted 67 events in their detectors that may be caused by dark matter particles called Wimps. The CRESST II experiment uses a few dozen supercooled calcium tungstate crystals to help look for dark mater from deep beneath the Gran Sasso mountain in Italy. When a particle hits one of the crystals, the crystal gives off a pulse of light, and sensitive...


Latest Exotic matter Reference Libraries

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

WIMP -- In astronomy, WIMPs, or weakly interacting massive particles, figure into one explanation of the dark matter problem. The particles are called "weakly interacting" because they seem not to have much interaction with normal matter (electrons, protons, and neutrons) other than gravitational attraction (thus "massive"). Assuming that there are Weakly Interacting Massive Particles, these particles would then fall out of equilibrium with the universe when they are non-relativistic....

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2004-10-19 04:45:43

White Dwarf -- A white dwarf is a a star supported by electron degeneracy. A star like our Sun will become a white dwarf when it has exhausted its nuclear fuel. Near the end of its nuclear burning stage, such a star goes through a red giant phase and then expels most of its outer material (creating a planetary nebula) until only the hot (T > 100,000 K) core remains, which then settles down to become a young white dwarf. A typical white dwarf is half as massive as the Sun, yet only...

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Supernova -- A supernova is a star that increases its brightness drastically within a matter of days, making it appear as if a "new" star was born (hence "nova"). The "super" prefix distinguishes it from a mere nova, which also involves a star increasing in brightness, though to a lesser extent and through a much different mechanism. Astronomers have classified supernovae in several classes, according to the lines of different elements that appear in their spectra. The first...

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2004-10-19 04:45:42

Strange Matter -- Strange matter (also known as quark matter) is an ultra-dense phase of matter that is theorized to form inside particularly massive neutron stars (which are then known as "strange stars" or "quark stars"). It's theorized that when neutronium is put under sufficient pressure due to the gravitation of a large neutron star, the individual neutrons break down and their constituent quarks form strange matter. Strange matter is composed of strange quarks bound to each...

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2004-10-19 04:45:41

Massive Compact Halo Object (MACHO) -- Massive compact halo objects, or MACHOs, are a type of astronomical body proposed as one possible explanation for the presence of dark matter in galactic halos. A MACHO is a small chunk of normal baryonic matter, far smaller than a star, which drifts through interstellar space unassociated with any solar system. Since MACHOs would not emit any light of their own, they would be very hard to detect. Recent work has suggested that MACHOs are not...

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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.