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US labs compete for X-ray laser

July 31, 2013 Leave a comment

The competition is as intense as the light that the future laser may one day emit.

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Imprint of matter seen in Big Bang’s echo

July 25, 2013 Leave a comment

A characteristic speckle pattern (known as B mode polarization) has been seen for the first time in ripples of the cosmic microwave background.

Categories: Astrophysics

Cylotrons to make cheaper neutrinos

July 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Physicists’ grass-roots planning exercise — known as Snowmass after the mountain resort where it has often taken place — is likely to discuss the use of cyclotron technology for making neutrino beams to study the symmetry between matter and antimatter. A story profiling the DAEdALUS experiment is online at Nature.

US research firms asked to commercialize

July 10, 2013 Leave a comment

New benchmarks due out from the Small Business Administration may pose a challenge for small, research-oriented businesses who receive SBIR grants, I report for Nature.

Electron microscopes hit noise barrier

July 10, 2013 Leave a comment

A new source of thermal magnetic noise is limiting the resolution of cutting-edge imaging instruments, which may never reach the 0.1 Angstrom goal set by Richard Feynman in 1959.