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Nobel Prize in Physics honors the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the heart of the Milky Way

By tracking the orbits of stars close to the galactic center, Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez ruled out all possibilities besides a black hole. Continue reading

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Climate patterns shape forest wildfire recovery

An alternating north–south drought cycle in the western US restricts seedlings’ ability to regenerate after fires. Continue reading

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Phosphine detection highlights unknowns of Venus’s atmosphere

Modeling, lab work, and perhaps a mission to the planet will be required to understand the chemical reactions that take place within Venus’s hot, dense, oxidizing cloud layers. Read more in Physics Today…

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Tropical soils could be accelerating global warming

A field study challenges climate simulations by showing increased carbon loss from warmed low latitude soils. Continue reading

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Tropical soils may accelerate global warming

New experiments challenge climate simulations that predict minimal carbon loss from soils in the tropics. Read more in Physics Today…

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Mechanically stressed phytoplankton light up

The bioluminescent intensity depends on the rate and amplitude of the micro – organism’s deformation.  Continue reading

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Mechanically stressed phytoplankton light up

The intensity of bioluminescence depends on the rate and amplitude of the microorganism’s deformation.  Continue reading

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Smog-forming particles may grow quickly in supersaturated urban air

Ammonium nitrate particles nucleate and grow in winter-like conditions, according to a new experiment. Continue reading

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Seafloor avalanches travel fast and far

Acoustic measurements of sediment concentration quantify the wide-reaching influence of turbidity currents.  Continue reading

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Pressure alters rock magnetization

A rock buried in Earth’s crust or a meteorite compressed on impact may end up with increased magnetization.  Continue reading

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