The discovery of a “heat wave” on a planetary scale in the atmosphere of Jupiter

Europlanet Media Center A panoramic view of the upper atmosphere temperatures of Jupiter, 1,000 km above the cloud tops. Jupiter appears above the visible image of the context. In this shot, the auroral region (near the North Pole, in yellow/white) appears to have cast a massive planetary-scale heating wave toward the equator. This feature is … Read more

Scientists trace high-energy particles to the sun’s plasma

Scientists may have discovered when and how the high-energy particles that bombard the Earth and other objects emerge from violent environments like sun atmosphere. These high-energy particles pose a threat to sensitive satellite technology And astronauts, and can even affect aircraft flying over the North Pole. Although researchers have been studying these particles for decades, … Read more

Surprising new features of mysterious fast radio bursts challenge current understanding

Technical rendering of the Five Hundred Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) in China. Credit: Jingchuan Yu Fast Radio Bursts – A deep and puzzling puzzle An international team of scientists reveals the evolving, magnetized environment and location of a surprising source of fast radio bursts in deep space – observations that challenge current understanding. … Read more

The deepest scientific drilling in the ocean sheds light on the upcoming Great Japan Earthquake

The deep-sea scientific drilling ship Chikyu, which in 2018 conducted the deepest drilling of an earthquake fault in the subduction zone. Credit: Satoshi Kaya / Flickr Scientists who have delved deeper into an undersea earthquake fault than ever before have found that tectonic stress in Japan’s Nankai subduction zone is lower than expected, according to … Read more

Researchers answer the fundamental question of quantum physics

Schematic depiction of dynamics across a phase transition in a 1/2 rotation model. In the initial paramagnetic state (bottom), the spins align with the direction of the transverse magnetic field. Measuring spin formation in this state along the ordering direction usually results in a random pattern of spins pointing up (blue cones) or downward (red … Read more

Danish initiative aims to develop the first quantum computer for the life sciences

Denmark’s Novo Nordisk Foundation is spending $200 million developing what it says will be the first practical quantum computer for life science research, with applications ranging from creating new drugs to finding links between genes, environment and disease. The nonprofit, the largest owner of the drug group Novo Nordisk, is joining a crowded field of … Read more

Catching neutrinos in the LHC

CERN physicist Jimmy Boyd enters a tunnel near the ATLAS detector, an experiment at the world’s largest particle accelerator. From there, it turns into an underground space called TI12. “This is a very special tunnel,” Boyd says, “because that’s where the old transmission line of the Large Electron-Positron Collider used to be, before the Large … Read more

Solid matter takes on a new behavior

Exotic magnesium (Mg) structures observed at extreme pressures (more than three times the pressure of Earth’s center) at the National Ignition Facility support old theories that quantum mechanics forces would place valence electron density (gold) in spaces between magnesium (gray) atoms to form” electrodes”. Credit: Adam Connell/LLNL Investigating how solid matter behaves at enormous pressures, … Read more

Mars Is Mighty In Webb’s First Observations Of The Red Planet

Written by Margaret W. Carothers, Space Telescope Science Institute The first web images of Mars, captured by the NIRCam instrument on September 5, 2022 [Guaranteed Time Observation Program 1415]. Left: A reference map of the observed hemisphere of Mars from NASA and the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA). Top right: NIRCam image showing 2.1 microns … Read more