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2011-10-18 09:45:39

[ Watch the Video ] NASA's Fermi team recently released the second catalog of gamma-ray sources detected by their satellite's Large Area Telescope (LAT). Of the 1873 sources found, nearly 600 are complete mysteries. No one knows what they are. "Fermi sees gamma rays coming from directions in the sky where there are no obvious objects likely to produce gamma rays," says David Thompson, Fermi Deputy Project Scientist from Goddard Space Flight Center. Gamma rays are by their very nature...

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2011-09-11 04:32:43

  Every three hours, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope scans the entire sky and deepens its portrait of the high-energy universe. Every year, the satellite's scientists reanalyze all of the data it has collected, exploiting updated analysis methods to tease out new sources. These relatively steady sources are in addition to the numerous transient events Fermi detects, such as gamma-ray bursts in the distant universe and flares from the sun. Earlier this year, the Fermi team...

2011-07-30 02:02:48

New theory of 'Extremely Correlated Fermi Liquids' may explain anomalous photoemission spectra of high-temperature superconductors Although high-temperature superconductors are widely used in technologies such as MRI machines, explaining the unusual properties of these materials remains an unsolved problem for theoretical physicists. Major progress in this important field has now been reported by physicists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, in a pair of papers published...

2011-07-20 09:30:00

NEWPORT, Mich., July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant today notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that it intends to apply for renewal of Fermi 2's operating license. The current license expires in 2025; the renewal would permit the plant to operate an additional 20 years. "Fermi 2 has produced safe, clean, reliable power for the past 23 years, and we want to continue serving the needs of southeast Michigan with our energy," Joe Plona, Fermi 2 site vice...

2011-07-01 13:45:00

MONROE, Mich., July 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, four bald eagle chicks living at two DTE Energy sites have new names. And the names are quite appropriate as the celebration of Independence Day draws near: Spirit, Freedom, Honor and Grace. DTE Energy received more than 600 votes on its Facebook page (facebook.com/dteenergy), with the top four names capturing 32 percent of the total vote. The four bald eagle chicks hatched at the Monroe Power Plant...

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2011-06-30 06:57:38

In December 2010, a pair of mismatched stars in the southern constellation Crux whisked past each other at a distance closer than Venus orbits the sun. The system possesses a so-far unique blend of a hot and massive star with a compact fast-spinning pulsar. The pair's closest encounters occur every 3.4 years and each is marked by a sharp increase in gamma rays, the most extreme form of light. The unique combination of stars, the long wait between close approaches, and periods of intense...

2011-06-27 12:22:34

Scientists of the MINOS experiment at the Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory announced today (June 24) the results from a search for a rare phenomenon, the transformation of muon neutrinos into electron neutrinos. The result is consistent with and significantly constrains a measurement reported 10 days ago by the Japanese T2K experiment, which announced an indication of this type of transformation. The results of these two experiments could have implications for our...

2011-06-21 09:00:00

MONROE, Mich., June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DTE Energy's (NYSE: DTE) Monroe Power Plant and Fermi 2 Nuclear Plant have four new residents: bald eagle chicks. And the company needs your help to name these iconic American symbols just in time for the Fourth of July. Starting today, you can visit DTE Energy's Facebook page -- Facebook.com/dteenergy -- to suggest names for the eaglets. There are two male eaglets at the Monroe Power Plant, and two eaglets at Fermi 2 that are too young to...

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2011-05-20 14:30:00

An international team, including NASA-funded researchers, using radio telescopes located throughout the Southern Hemisphere has produced the most detailed image of particle jets erupting from a supermassive black hole in a nearby galaxy. "These jets arise as infalling matter approaches the black hole, but we don't yet know the details of how they form and maintain themselves," said Cornelia Mueller, the study's lead author and a doctoral student at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in...

2011-05-11 15:18:00

WASHINGTON, May 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The famous Crab Nebula supernova remnant has erupted in an enormous flare five times more powerful than any flare previously seen from the object. On April 12, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope first detected the outburst, which lasted six days. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The nebula is the wreckage of an exploded star that emitted light which reached Earth in the year 1054. It is located 6,500...


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