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Giant Mission To A Dwarf Planet
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Image credit: nasa.gov | http://1.usa.gov/1zxRkpqIt isn't new, and it doesn't even qualify as a full-fledged planet. But Pluto, the dwarf planet in the depths of our solar system, is creating the brand of excitement among modern astronomers that Eng... more

The Skinny On Skin
Monday, May 04, 2015
What makes skin so tough? Originally published: May 4 2015 - 11:45am, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Lisa Marie Potter, Contributor(Inside Science) -- Skin has to be flexible enough to jump, crawl, and kick with us. It also has to be resilient enough to ... more

Transcendence: A New Play Explores the Einstein Nobel Prize Controversy
Friday, May 01, 2015
Einstein and the controversy surrounding the Nobel Prize in Physics take center stage, while Franz Kafka steals the showYou would think it's impossible to simultaneously spurn a professor and award him the greatest academic prize in the world, but you ar... more

Mercury Spacecraft Crashes with the Energy of Two Thousand Falling Trees
Thursday, April 30, 2015
For the past eight years NASA's MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) spacecraft has been sending back gigabytes of images and data from the Sun's closest companion, Mercury. Today this will come to a fiery end when th... more

The Best Short Quantum Films You'll See Today
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
This award winning film lets you experience what happens when solar wind slams into Earth's magnetosphere. The results are downright spooky.This is the short film 20hz, based on data from the CARISMA radio telescope array during a geo-magnetic storm... more

Podcast: On Vacation this Week
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
The PhysicsCentral podcast is taking a much needed vacation. We'll return next week, but to tide you over until then, we're rerunning our post from September highlighting the 2014 winners of the annual Ig Nobel Prizes.Ig Nobel founder and master of cerem... more

The 'Silly Walk' of a Motor Protein is Revealed
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks has a new addition: the pivoting gait of a motor protein that transports cargo throughout the cell. This walk has been imaged by researchers at the University of Oxford, who first had to develop a new high-speed ima... more