How would an alien world like this look? That’s the question that ASU undergraduate art major Joshua Gonzalez attempted to answer. He worked with Professor Patrick Young’s group to learn how to analyze stellar spectra to find chemical abundances, and inspired by the scientific results, he created two digital paintings of possible unusual extrasolar planets,

Artist’s depiction of a neutron star. Credit Credit: NASA Astronomers like to say we are the byproducts of stars, stellar furnaces that long ago fused hydrogen and helium into the elements needed for life through the process of stellar nucleosynthesis. As the late Carl Sagan once put it: “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium

University of Central Florida Professor Zenghu Chang broke the record for the fastest light pulse. Credit: University of Central Florida A research team at the University of Central Florida has demonstrated the fastest light pulse ever developed, a 53-attosecond X-ray flash The group led by Professor Zenghu Chang beat its own record set in 2012:

The NOvA detector measures 50 feet by 50 feet by 200 feet, and the top surface of the detector as shown here is covered with readout and monitoring systems. Each gold-colored box in the image contains a photodiode array, cooling components, and associated electronics to detect light from 32 of the 344,000 cells that make

Yadav Pandit analyzing data at STAR. Credit: Image courtesy of Yadav Pandit Scientists using the atom smasher at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have observed a phase transition different than the smooth transition of the early universe from the hot “soup” of subatomic particles to the atoms, made up of neutrons, protons

Lithium metal coats the hybrid graphene and carbon nanotube anode in a battery created at Rice University. The lithium metal coats the three-dimensional structure of the anode and avoids forming dendrites. Credit: Tour Group/Rice University Rice University scientists have created a rechargeable lithium metal battery with three times the capacity of commercial lithium-ion batteries by

Electrons rotate on their way through the chip in a spiral pattern. Adjustments in the voltage lead to changes in the wavelengths of this pattern and thus the orientation of the spin can be controlled. At a specific location (gray box) the electron spin has a different orientation depending on the voltage. Credit: University of

This is an illustration to explain the dynamics of the ultra-relativistic third Van Allen radiation belt, by Andy Kale. Credit: Andy Kale Earth’s magnetosphere, the region of space dominated by Earth’s magnetic field, protects our planet from the harsh battering of the solar wind. Like a protective shield, the magnetosphere absorbs and deflects plasma from

Solid-state transformers, developed at NC State, can make the smart grid concept a reality. Credit: NC State University A new study using complex computational models finds that smart solid-state transformers (SSTs) could be used to make a stable, reliable “smart grid” — allowing the power distribution system to route renewable energy from homes and businesses

During the neutron scattering experiment, the sample containing copper ions exhibited exotic quantum properties as certain quasiparticles spin in a wave-like configuration, eventually revealing the Higgs amplitude mode. Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Dept. of Energy A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has used sophisticated neutron scattering techniques to detect

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