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Researchers Take A New Look At Masers
2012-08-17 05:39:36

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online While we´ve been fixated with lasers – shooting them from flying ships, attaching them to shark´s heads, what have you – there´s been another sort of beam waiting in the wings for someone to take notice. In fact, "Masers" have been around before their cooler, younger sibling the Laser. They´ve also been more difficult to generate, requiring high magnetic fields and plenty of cooling. Masers are...

2012-06-11 23:03:42

As working from home and entrepreneurship become more than just a lofty goal for many Americans, Patrick Maser is living proof that from hard work and dedication, anyone can set themselves up for success. New York, NY (PRWEB) June 11, 2012 A recent study from Global Workplace Analytics indicates that there are currently 2.9 million telecommuters in the U.S -- a 66% increase over just seven years. As the trend of working from home continues to grow, the self-employed and prosperous, such as...

2011-12-15 13:11:45

Physicists in Low Temperature Laboratory of Aalto University have shown how a nanomechanical oscillator can be used for detection and amplification of feeble radio waves or microwaves. A measurement using such a tiny device, resembling a miniaturized guitar string, can be performed with the least possible disturbance. The results were recently published in the most prestigious scientific arena, the British journal Nature. The researchers cooled the nanomechanical oscillator, thousand...

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2010-05-15 08:10:00

Fifty years ago Sunday, a man named Theodore Maiman built the first working laser. The Hughes Labs researcher built something that colleagues at a number of other companies and institutions had been feverishly trying to do for months, even years. Hughes Lab veteran and current Raytheon optics and lasers senior principal physicist, Daniel Nieuwsma, said many people were working with radar and were looking for ways to boost their power. One attempted method was using masers, or microwave...

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2010-03-26 13:55:00

ESA's Maxus-8 sounding rocket was launched today from Kiruna in northern Sweden carrying four microgravity research modules on a hectic 12-minute space voyage. The ultimate results may include improved turbine blades for aircraft engines. At 14:43 CET, Maxus-8 took off from the launch pad at the Esrange Space Center watched by Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General of ESA, Simonetta Di Pippo, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight, Olle Norberg, Director General of the Swedish National Space...

2010-01-25 15:45:10

What would life be like without the laser? No DVDs, no precision laser surgery, no high-speed optical communication, no laser light shows over the pyramids at Giza. We have a lot for which to thank Charles Townes, UC Berkeley professor emeritus of physics and 1964 Nobel Laureate in physics. Fifty years ago, the first working laser was built to Townes's specifications, launching the fields of quantum electronics and photonics. In appreciation of the laser, and of Townes' role in stimulating...

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2009-12-15 07:36:33

Today at the Paris headquarters of the French space agency (CNES), Simonetta Di Pippo, ESA Director of Human Spaceflight, and Thierry Duquesne, CNES Director for Strategy, Programs and International Relations, signed an agreement that paves the way for the launch of a high-accuracy atomic clock to be attached to the outside of the European Columbus laboratory onboard the International Space Station (ISS). The PHARAO (Projet d'Horloge Atomique par Refroidissement d'Atomes en Orbite) atomic...

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2009-11-16 11:40:00

The constellation of Orion is a hotbed of massive star formation, most prominently in the Great Nebula that sits in Orion's sword.  The glowing gas of the Nebula is powered by a group of young massive stars, but behind it is a cluster of younger stars and clumps of gas. Still gathering together under gravity's pull, these gas clumps will eventually ignite into stars. The youthful cluster cannot be seen with traditional telescopes because of the surrounding gas and dust, but a new...

2009-09-04 13:17:18

A man in Georges Township, Pa., fired a cannon in his yard, sending a cannonball through the side of his neighbor's home, police allege. Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Brian Burden said William Edward Maser, 54, allegedly fired his 80-pound French and Indian War replica cannon Wednesday evening, sending a two-pound lead ball into his neighbor's closet, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Thursday. Burden said the cannonball broke a window while going through the side of the unidentified...

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2009-04-22 09:16:13

Astronomers have found the most distant signs of water in the Universe to date. Dr John McKean of the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) will be presenting the discovery at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science in Hatfield on Wednesday 22nd April. The water vapor is thought to be contained in a jet ejected from a supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy, named MG J0414+0534. The water emission is seen as a maser, where molecules in the gas amplify and emit...


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callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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