aug 272012
 The Van Allen Radiation Belts to be Examined

  A University of Minnesota-led experiment is aboard NASA’s Radiation Belt Storm Probes (RBSP) mission, a probe of the forces that govern radiation in the Van Allen Radiation Belts. These two concentric, doughnut-shaped regions of space girdle the Earth and pose radiation danger to astronauts and spacecraft. The twin RBSP satellites and the Van Allen [continue reading]

mei 242012
The Search For Dark Matter Goes On

  With LUX ZEPLIN Berkeley Lab researchers seek to increase the sensitivity of LUX, the most sensitive search for dark matter yet, by orders of magnitude.   The Bullet Cluster of galaxies is shown in visible light, x-ray emission (pink), and the calculated distribution of invisible dark matter (blue). Dark matter can be measured on [continue reading]