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“IN 1998, just after he won a share of the Nobel prize for physics, Robert Laughlin of Stanford University in California was asked how his discovery of “particles” with fractional charge, now called quasi-particles, would affect the lives of ordinary people. “It probably won’t,” he said, “unless people are concerned about how the universe works.”  Read all about it here.

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Courtesy of letouj on Flickr

Is time travel possible? Science weighs in with conflicting viewpoints. Read about researchers trying to influence the past. Then, see why other scientists say that time travel is impossible.

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“Sunlight can cause asteroids to spin more quickly…showing anew just how dynamic a place our solar system can be.”

 Photo and link from Reuters.com

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Apple vs Super-sonic wave

“An apple experiences a super-sonic shockwave.

The photograph was triggered by a laser beam break set up behind the apple. The high speed flash unit has a flash duration of approximately 1/2,000,000th of a second.”

 Photo and description courtesy of nebarnix on Flickr.

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Pillars of Creation

“..One of the most famous images of modern times. This image, taken with the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995, shows evaporating gaseous globules (EGGs) emerging from pillars of molecular hydrogen gas and dust. The giant pillars are light years in length and are so dense that interior gas contracts gravitationally to form stars…”

Read more and see the picture here.

Photos and article from NASA

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Scientists working at the University of Toronto are moving closer to finding the missing particle responsible for mass: the Higgs-boson. Read the article to learn more:

Physicists closing in on mysterious missing particle

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