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Physics and Astronomy News Archive: April 2006

Image: Mini MIT satellites rocketing to space station
Mini MIT satellites rocketing to space station
Source: MIT   Posted: 4/27/06
A Russian rocket launched Monday, April 24, is carrying the first of three small, spherical satellites developed at MIT to the International Space Station.

Image: Pieces of NASA's Next Mars Mission are Coming Together
Pieces of NASA's Next Mars Mission are Coming Together
Source: NASA   Posted: 4/27/06
NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander, the next mission to the surface of Mars, is beginning a new phase in preparation for a launch in August 2007.

Image: Frictionless Motion Observed in Water
Frictionless Motion Observed in Water
Source: USC   Posted: 4/9/06
Researchers at USC and Brown University said they have achieved near-frictionless motion in water by using lasers to spin a molecule like a propeller.

Image: New Evidence on Disappearing Neutrinos
New Evidence on Disappearing Neutrinos
Source: Caltech   Posted: 4/9/06
Physicists have observed the disappearance of muon neutrinos traveling from the lab's site in Illinois to a particle detector in Minnesota. The observation is consistent with an effect known as neutrino oscillation.

Image: Quantum Dot Method Rapidly Identifies Bacteria
Quantum Dot Method Rapidly Identifies Bacteria
Source: NIST   Posted: 4/9/06
A rapid method for detecting and identifying very small numbers of diverse bacteria, from anthrax to E. coli, using a quantum dot sensor, has been developed by scientists.

Image: ESA's Venus Express to reach final destination
ESA's Venus Express to reach final destination
Source: ESA   Posted: 4/9/06
After travelling 400 million kilometres in only about five months, the Venus Express spacecraft is about to reach its final destination.






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