Museum of Math aims to show off ‘magic of math’ with ‘Beaver Run’
NEW YORK — The latest exhibit at the National Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan was supposed to have been put on display last fall, except it was not quite working.
Investigators focus on tail booms in crash of space plane
The Virgin Galactic space plane that broke apart over the Mojave Desert on Friday shifted early into a high-drag configuration that is designed to slow it down, federal accident investigators have said.
Better microscopy earns chemistry prize Chemistry Nobel Prize awarded to two Americans and one German
Three scientists, two American and one German, received this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for circumventing a basic law of physics and enabling microscopes to peer at the tiniest structures within living cells.
Mars Curiosity rover discovery revealed
SAN FRANCISCO — In a sand drift on Mars, NASA’s Curiosity rover discovered … sand.
MIT professor wins $3 million
Physicists are rarely wealthy or famous, but a new prize rewarding research at the field’s cutting edges has made nine of them instant multimillionaires.
Solar storm reaches Earth, and experts say to expect more
Solar storms like the one that buffeted the Earth’s magnetic field Thursday will soon become a common occurrence.
Discovery of zinc- and bromine-laden Mars rock excites scientists
It has been driving on and off for more than seven years, but this month it reached its new destination. Opportunity, a small exploratory rover that landed on Mars in 2004, has trundled to a crater called Endeavour.
NASA locates a moon oasis that’s wetter than the Sahara
The Moon, at least at the bottom of a deep, dark cold crater near its south pole, seems to be wetter than the Sahara, scientists reported Thursday.
Obama budget privatizes NASA space exploration
The ambitious space initiative that President Barack Obama unveiled for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Monday calls for sweeping changes in mission and priorities for the 52-year-old agency, yet omits two major details: where the agency will send its astronauts and a timetable for getting them there.
Scientists Lucky to Have Spotted Planet
Were astronomers just lucky when they discovered the planet WASP-18b?
NIH Pleads for Discretion, Hopes Grantees Hire Fast
The acting director of the National Institutes of Health begged university administrators on Wednesday to avoid even applying for stimulus money unless the universities planned to hire people almost immediately.
Apollo 17 Moon Rock Reveals Magnetic Beginnings
The lasting impression left by the Apollo missions is of a moon that is gray, dusty, desolate and dead. But instruments left behind by Apollo astronauts recorded moonquakes and wobbles in its rotation that gave hints of a still molten core.
18 Mathematicians, Advanced Computers Depict the Universe Results of Computation Revealed at MIT
It is one of the most symmetrical mathematical structures in the universe.
Research Uses Sonofusion to Generate Temperatures Hot Enough For Fusion
Brian Kappus, a physics graduate student at UCLA, tipped the clear cylinder to trap some air bubbles in the clear liquid inside. He clamped the cylinder, upright, on a small turntable and set it spinning. With the flip of another switch, powerful up-and-down vibrations, 50 a second, started shaking the cylinder.