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Physics and Astronomy News Archive: December 2011

Image: Meteorite Shockwaves Trigger Dust Avalanches on Mars
Meteorite Shockwaves Trigger Dust Avalanches on Mars
Source: UA   Posted: 12/19/11
Dust avalanches around impact craters on Mars appear to be the result of the shock wave preceding the actual impact, according to a new study.

Image: Possible Hints of the Higgs Remain in Latest Analyses
Possible Hints of the Higgs Remain in Latest Analyses
Source: BNL   Posted: 12/19/11
Two experiments at the LHC have nearly eliminated the space in which the Higgs boson could dwell. However, the ATLAS and CMS experiments see modest excesses in their data that could soon uncover the famous missing piece of the physics puzzle.

Image: Supernova Caught in the Act
Supernova Caught in the Act
Source: NSF   Posted: 12/19/11
Data-enabled science allowed detection of Type Ia supernova just hours after explosion.

Image: First Habitable Planet Discovered
First Habitable Planet Discovered
Source: NASA/JPL   Posted: 12/7/11
NASA's Kepler mission has confirmed its first planet in the 'habitable zone,' the region around a star where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface.






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