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2011-01-06 15:10:00

The Crab Nebula, one of our best-known and most stable neighbors in the winter sky, is shocking scientists with a propensity for fireworks"”gamma-ray flares set off by the most energetic particles ever traced to a specific astronomical object. The discovery, reported today by scientists working with two orbiting telescopes, is leading researchers to rethink their ideas of how cosmic particles are accelerated. "We were dumbfounded," said Roger Blandford, who directs the Kavli Institute...

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2010-12-10 06:30:00

Using lasers to contain some ultra-chilled atoms, a team of scientists has measured the viscosity or stickiness of a gas often considered to be the sixth state of matter. The measurements verify that this gas can be used as a "scale model" of exotic matter, such as super-high temperature superconductors, the nuclear matter of neutron stars, and even the state of matter created microseconds after the Big Bang. The results may also allow experimental tests of string theory in the future. Duke...

2010-12-05 13:42:00

NEWPORT, Mich., Dec. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Fermi 2 Nuclear Power Plant returned to service today when operators synchronized the plant to the Detroit Edison electrical system, following a safe, successful refueling and maintenance outage that began Oct. 24. Currently operating at about 25 percent power, the plant will gradually increase to full power over the next several days. "The Fermi 2 team completed an enormous amount of work during the outage, while always keeping safety as...

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2010-11-09 14:20:00

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has unveiled a previously unseen structure centered in the Milky Way. The feature spans 50,000 light-years and may be the remnant of an eruption from a supersized black hole at the center of our galaxy. "What we see are two gamma-ray-emitting bubbles that extend 25,000 light-years north and south of the galactic center," said Doug Finkbeiner, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., who first recognized the...

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2010-11-04 09:15:12

Black holes could produce the enormous energies of a burst, but not neutron stars A gamma-ray burst is an immensely powerful blast of high-energy light thought to be generated by a collapsing star in a distant galaxy, but what this collapse leaves behind has been a matter of debate. A new analysis of four extremely bright bursts observed by NASA's Fermi satellite suggests that the remnant from a long-duration gamma-ray burst is most likely a black hole "“ not a rapidly spinning, highly...

2010-11-02 12:17:44

NASA will hold a media teleconference at 2:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Nov. 9, to discuss a new discovery by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. Gamma rays are the highest-energy form of light. The soon-to-be published findings include the discovery of enormous but previously unrecognized "gamma-ray bubbles" centered in the Milky Way. Teleconference panelists are: - Jon Morse, director, Astrophysics Division, NASA Headquarters in Washington- Julie McEnery, Fermi project scientist, NASA's Goddard...

2010-10-04 15:20:00

GREENBELT, Md., Oct. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three employees of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. were recipients of the 2010 Robert H. Goddard Award for Science. The award was bestowed upon Matt Greenhouse, Randy Kimble and Alexander Moiseev for outstanding work in sciences at NASA Goddard. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) William R. Oegerle, Director of the Astrophysics...

2010-09-21 13:03:00

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- GPU Technology Conference 2010 (GTC) - PNY, a leading supplier of NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics solutions to system integrators, value-added resellers, and distributors, announced today it is showcasing its new family of NVIDIA Fermi-based professional graphics boards: the NVIDIA Quadro 6000 by PNY, NVIDIA Quadro 5000 by PNY and NVIDIA Quadro 4000 by PNY. PNY and its partners will demonstrate how high performance workstations, featuring...

2010-09-21 13:00:00

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- GPU Technology Conference 2010 (GTC) -- Elemental Technologies, the leading provider of massively parallel video processing solutions, today announced support for the latest generation of graphics processing units (GPUs) from NVIDIA®, based on NVIDIA Fermi architecture. The most recent software releases for Elemental's video compression systems now enable compatibility across the most extensive range of NVIDIA CUDA(TM)-based...

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2010-08-13 08:00:00

Astronomers using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have detected gamma-rays from a nova for the first time, a finding that stunned observers and theorists alike. The discovery overturns the notion that novae explosions lack the power to emit such high-energy radiation. A nova is a sudden, short-lived brightening of an otherwise inconspicuous star. The outburst occurs when a white dwarf in a binary system erupts in an enormous thermonuclear explosion. "In human terms, this was an...