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SwRI patents high-speed flash memory system for use on satellites

SAN ANTONIO -- Feb. 27, 2018 -- Engineers from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have patented a flash memory storage system that allows satellites to collect and store vast amounts of data for later transmission to ground stations. The patent, titled "Systems and Methods for Improved Access to Flash Memory Devices," was awarded recently to inventors Michael A. Koets, Larry T. McDaniel III and Miles R.…

Inauguration of European Regional Office of Astronomy for Development

IMAGE: IAU European Regional Office of Astronomy for Development Signing ceremony at Leiden University, the Netherlands. From left to right: Prof. Dr. Huub Röttgering (Director, Leiden Observatory), Dr. Vanessa McBride (Acting... view more  Credit: Leiden University, the Netherlands/P. Rusch On Feb. 26,2018, the European Regional Office of Astronomy for Development (ROAD) was brought into existence at a signing ceremony at Leiden University in the Netherlands. It…

California, Arizona Students to Speak with Astronauts on Space Station

Two astronauts living and working aboard the International Space Station will talk live with students in Arizona and California on Friday, March 2. The separate Earth-to-space calls will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Black holes from small galaxies might emit gamma rays

IMAGE: This photo shows from left: Vaidehi Paliya, Marco Ajello, Dieter Hartmann. view more  Credit: Clemson College of Science CLEMSON, South Carolina - As a general rule of thumb, if there is a puzzling phenomenon occurring somewhere deep in outer space, a black hole is often the culprit behind it. This is according to postdoctoral researcher Vaidehi Paliya in the department of physics and astronomy, whose…

Six decades of cosmology

"Cosmologists are often wrong but never in doubt," Russian physicist Lev Landau once said. In the early days, astronomers began by observing and modelling stars in different stages of evolution and comparing their findings with theoretical predictions. Stellar modelling uses well-tested physics, with concepts such as hydrostatic equilibrium, law of gravitation, thermodynamics, nuclear reactions etc. Yet in contrast, cosmology is based on a large number…

ERC Consolidator Grant for fundamental calculations on strong interaction effects

IMAGE: This is professor Dr. Harvey Meyer. view more  Credit: Thomas Hartmann, JGU Particle physicist Professor Harvey Meyer of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) has received a grant from the European Research Council supporting his research on fundamental questions of physics with the help of highly complex calculations. One of those questions he is exploring is whether so-called sterile neutrinos could be candidates for dark matter.…

SwRI’s Burch elected to S.A. Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame

SAN ANTONIO -- Feb. 28, 2018 --Dr. James L. Burch, vice president of the Space Science and Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute, is one of four honorees being inducted into the San Antonio Aviation and Aerospace Hall of Fame at a dinner and reception March 22, 2018. "As the founder of space science and engineering at SwRI, over the past 40 years Jim Burch…

Astronomers detect earliest evidence yet of hydrogen in the universe

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- In a study published today in the journal Nature, astronomers from MIT and Arizona State University report that a table-sized radio antenna in a remote region of western Australia has picked up faint signals of hydrogen gas from the primordial universe. The scientists have traced the signals to just 180 million years after the Big Bang, making the detection the earliest evidence…

Making the moon

Simon Lock wants to change the way you think about the Moon. A graduate student in Harvard's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Lock is the lead author of a study that suggests the Moon - rather than being spun out of the aftermath of a collision - emerged from a massive, donut-shaped cloud of vaporized rock called a synestia. Along with Lock, the study,…

Unlocking the secrets of the universe

IMAGE: This artist's rendering shows the universe's first, massive, blue stars embedded in gaseous filaments, with the cosmic microwave background just visible at the edges. Using radio observations of the distant... view more  Credit: N.R.Fuller, National Science Foundation Long ago, about 400,000 years after the beginning of the universe (the Big Bang), the universe was dark. There were no stars or galaxies, and the universe was…
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