August 11th saw the launch of NASA’s Parker solar probe. A probe with a unique mission; to beam back a record of the plasma that comprises the Sun’s corona and the magnetic fields which shape it. The probe will fly closer to the Sun than any probe has before, facing brutal heat and radiation, even flying through the Sun’s corona, the outermost part of the star’s atmosphere. The research team behind the mission hope that this data will help solve several mysteries surrounding the Sun, such as what heats this plasma to 200 times temperature of the sun’s surface?
These are the Scisco Media science dispatches for the first week of August 2018, including; The rules of attraction, finding the chemical which leads sperm to the egg to enable conception. High-resolution imaging of nanoparticle surface structures achieved for the first time.
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) marked an impressive first on Wednesday 25th July when it accelerated an atom for the first time. The acceleration of the lead ion is hoped to be the first step towards reliable production and study of gamma rays and may eventually lead to the production of never before observed massive particles.
Scientists have made a massive breakthrough in the search for water on Mars, the discovery of a huge reservoir of water beneath the planet’s surface. The subsurface 20km lake at the planet’s southern pole gives us our strongest sign yet that Mars could support living organisms.
That headline may sound like the set-up for a geeky joke aimed at physicists, but in reality, it was the research question asked by a team of MSU scientists at the superconductor located within RIKEN’s Radioactive Isotope Beam Facility in Wako, Japan. The answer, they found, was far more than we expected.
These are the Scisco media science dispatches for the second week in July 2018, including Mars’ ‘ghost’ dunes, CERN’s technology leads to colour X-ray breakthrough which may revolutionise disease identification and the development of ammonia s a renewable, carbon-free fuel.
The source of high-energy ‘cosmic neutrinos’ has eluded scientists for decades, that was until last September when such a particle struck a detector buried in ice at the South-Pole, research published in Science reveals. The event was coupled with the detection of a flaring ‘blazar’ by NASA’s Fermi Gamma-Ray Telescope giving us a clue as to the origin of high-energy neutrinos. This discovery is not just significant for our knowledge of these particles however, it may help usher in a whole new age of astronomy.