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Physics and Astronomy News Archive: April 2009

Image: Scientists Give a Hand(edness) to the Search for Alien Life
Scientists Give a Hand(edness) to the Search for Alien Life
Source: NIST   Posted: 4/24/09
Visiting aliens may be the stuff of legend, but if a scientific team working at the NIST is right, we may be able to find extraterrestrial life even before it leaves its home planet—by looking for left- (or right-) handed light.

Image: Mysterious Space Blob Discovered at Cosmic Dawn
Mysterious Space Blob Discovered at Cosmic Dawn
Source: CIW   Posted: 4/24/09
Using information from a suite of telescopes, astronomers have discovered a mysterious, giant object that existed at a time when the universe was only about 800 million years old.

Image: Discovery of an Unexpected Boost for Solar Water-Splitting Cells
Discovery of an Unexpected Boost for Solar Water-Splitting Cells
Source: NIST   Posted: 4/24/09
A researchers have discovered, that a residue of a process used to build arrays of titania nanotube plays an important role in improving the performance of the nanotubes in solar cells that produce hydrogen gas from water.

Image: Continent-sized Radio Telescope Takes Close-ups of Fermi Active Galaxies
Continent-sized Radio Telescope Takes Close-ups of Fermi Active Galaxies
Source: NASA   Posted: 4/24/09
An international team of astronomers has used the world’s biggest radio telescope to look deep into the brightest galaxies that NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope can see.






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