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Math is no match for locust swarms
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Scientists have now figured out the dynamics that drive locusts across the landscape, devastating everything underfoot -- and the research suggests that people will never be able to predict where the little critters will go. Read the associated Physical Review Focus story. More

Quantum theory survives its latest ordeal
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A simple experiment that sends photons through three slits provides the best proof yet of an important axiom of quantum theory called Born's rule, say physicists in Canada and Austria. The confirmation also provides important guidance to those seeking the holy grail of physics -- a quantum theory that includes gravity. More

Spitzer telescope finds first-ever buckyballs in space
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Astronomers working with NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have discovered buckyballs in space for the very first time, putting an end to a decades-long search for the largest molecules now known to exist in space. More



U.S. funds efforts to turn CO2 emissions into products
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Can industrial CO2 emissions come in handy? The Department of Energy is betting these carbon dioxide emissions, a culprit of climate change, can be turned into useful products such as fuel, plastics, cement and fertilizers. More

Taming time travel
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Time travel is more than a compelling plot device -- it's potentially a serious outcome of Einstein's general relativity equations. Some physicists are now mulling how the quirks and peculiarities of real-life time travel might play out. More

Physicists hail progress in search for Higgs particle
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Physicists on both sides of the Atlantic on Monday claimed major new progress in the search for the elusive Higgs boson, the so-called God particle that is the cornerstone of the standard model of particles and forces. More



Universe's biggest known star discovered by British astronomers
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Scientists at the University of Sheffield found the stellar giant -- named R136a1 -- using the European southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile and data from the Hubble Space Telescope. The star is located in the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small "satellite" galaxy which orbits the Milky Way. More

Dead sea scrolls made locally, tests show
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Proton beams have shed new light on the origin of the longest of the Dead Sea scrolls, suggesting its parchment was manufactured locally. More

Sun's rumored hidden companion may not exist after all
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Some astronomers believe a hidden mini star nicknamed Nemesis is orbiting the sun, but a new analysis of life extinction cycles on Earth suggests this dark companion may not exist. More

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U.S. energy research 2011 funding outlook decent as ARPA-E cashes in
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The Senate spending panel that oversees science at the Department of Energy (DOE) has released a few details about a draft 2011 appropriations bill that passed out of subcommittee yesterday. The big winner appears to be DOE's new blue-sky research shop, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). More

Nuclear fusion reactor faces delays, budget woes
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ITER involves a multinational effort to harness energy produced through nuclear fusion. This week, partner countries are meeting to push for progress amid massive cost overruns and project delays. More

 
 

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