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Physics and Astronomy News Archive: July 2010

Image: NASA Telescope Finds Elusive Buckyballs in Space for First Time
NASA Telescope Finds Elusive Buckyballs in Space for First Time
Source: NASA/JPL   Posted: 7/25/10
Astronomers have discovered carbon molecules, known as 'buckyballs,' in space for the first time. Buckyballs are soccer-ball-shaped molecules that were first observed in a laboratory 25 years ago.

Image: Explained: Bandgap
Explained: Bandgap
Source: MIT   Posted: 7/25/10
Understanding how electrons get excited is crucial to creating solar cells and light-emitting diodes.

Image: A plane that lands like a bird
A plane that lands like a bird
Source: MIT   Posted: 7/25/10
An innovative control system allows a foam glider to touch down on a perch or a wire like a pet parakeet.

Image: Radio Astronomers Develop New Technique for Studying Dark Energy
Radio Astronomers Develop New Technique for Studying Dark Energy
Source: NRAO   Posted: 7/25/10
This new telescope promises to provide valuable clues about the nature of the mysterious 'dark energy' believed to constitute nearly three-fourths of the mass and energy of the Universe.






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