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Saturn’s hexagon: an amazing phenomenon

Saturn’s hexagon: an amazing phenomenon

The puzzling hexagon-shaped weather pattern around Saturn's north pole was first found in images from Voyager 2 (left). Cassini has obtained higher-resolution pictures of the hexagon (such as the one on the right, taken in 2009) - which tell scientists the hexagon is a remarkably stable wave in one of the jet streams that remains 30 years later. (Credit : NASA-JPL)

Researchers at the Planetary Sciences Group of the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country reveal some of the secrets of Saturn’s mysterious hexagonal wave, including its rotation period, which could be that of the planet itself



News Release April 8, 2014 University of the Basque Country



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How plants become zombies

How plants become zombies


Forget popular video game Plants Vs. Zombies, some plants are zombies and scientists have uncovered how bacterial parasites turn them into the living dead.

John Innes Centre

News Release APRIL 8, 2014 John Innes Centre


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Study Tests Theory that Life Originated at Deep Sea Vents

Study Tests Theory that Life Originated at Deep Sea Vents


One of the greatest mysteries facing humans is how life originated on Earth. Scientists have determined approximately when life began (roughly 3.8 billion years ago), but there is still intense debate about exactly how life began. One possibility has grown in popularity in the last two decades – that simple metabolic reactions emerged near ancient seafloor hot springs, enabling the leap from a…

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Hidden miracles of the natural world

Hidden miracles of the natural world

Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world

We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes. At TED2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D film…

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From Quark Soup to Matter

From Quark Soup to Matter

Brookhaven physicist Zhangbu Xu, spokesperson for the STAR collaboration, in the STAR control room
Tracking the Transition of Early-Universe Quark Soup to Matter-as-we-know-it New evidence from the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider reveals different kinds of phase changes at different collision energies


News Release By Karen McNulty Walsh April 4, 2014 Brookhaven National Laboratory 

Απο την κοσμική σούπα του πρώιμου σύμπαντος στην ύλη του σήμερα

Στα ίχνη που άφησε η ύλη καθώς…

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Like a giant elevator to the stratosphere

Like a giant elevator to the stratosphere

In tropical thunderstorms over the West Pacific air masses and the chemical substances they contain are quickly hurled upward to the edge of the stratosphere. If there are sufficient OH molecules in the atmosphere, the air is extensively cleaned by chemical transformation processes. Where OH concentrations are low, such as those now found in large sections of the tropical West Pacific, the cleaning capacity of the atmosphere is reduced. Photo: Markus Rex, Alfred Wegener Institute

Recent research results show that an atmospheric hole over the tropical West Pacific is reinforcing ozone depletion in the polar regions and could have a significant influence on the climate of the Earth.


News Release April 3, 2014 Alfred Wegener Institute

Ένας γιγάντιος ανελκυστήρας προς την στρατόσφαιρα

Πρόσφατα αποτελέσματα έρευνας δείχνουν ότι η ατμοσφαιρική τρύπα πάνω από τον…

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Νew insights into quantum dynamics and quantum chaos
Physics researchers provide new insights into quantum dynamics and quantum chaos

A team of researchers led by University of Notre Dame physicist Boldizsar Janko has announced analytical prediction and numerical verification of novel quantum rotor states in nanostructured superconductors.


Research News April 1, 2014 By William G. Gilroy  University of Notre Dame



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What Happened to the Soul?

What Happened to the Soul?





Iain McGilchrist, psychiatrist and author, considers the contemporary status of the soul.

Video lecture March 31, 2014

This event was live streamed on Monday 31 March at 6pm


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Cosmic barometer
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‘Cosmic barometer’ could reveal violent events in universe’s past

Scientists have developed a way of reading the universe’s ‘cosmic barometer’ to learn more about ancient violent events in space.

News release March 31, 2014 by Colin Smith Imperial College London




” Κοσμικό βαρόμετρο ”  θα μπορούσε να αποκαλύψει βίαια γεγονότα στο παρελθόν του σύμπαντος

Οι επιστήμονες έχουν αναπτύξει…

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First sightings of solar flare phenomena

First sightings of solar flare phenomena

First sightings of solar flare phenomena confirm 3D models of space weather Video of magnetic field lines “slipping reconnection” bring scientists a step closer to predicting when and where large flares will occur. 

Human civilisation is nowadays maintained by technology and that technology is vulnerable to space weather

Dr Jaroslav Dudik 

News Release March 27, 2014 University of Cambridge


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