jun 182012
Black Holes as Particle Detectors

Previously undiscovered particles could be detected as they accumulate around black holes say scientists at the Vienna University of Technology. Artist’s impression of a black hole, surrounded by axions. Finding new particles usually requires high energies – that is why huge accelerators have been built, which can accelerate particles to almost the speed of light. [continue reading]

jun 132012
Nanoparticles Explain Weird Lunar Soil Behaviour

  A stunning discovery by QUT soil scientist Marek Zbik of nano particles inside bubbles of glass in lunar soil could solve the mystery of why the moon’s surface topsoil has many unusual properties. 3D image obtained using Transmission X-Ray Microscope (TXM), shown here as the anaglyph, reveals fine structure within vesicle in the lunar [continue reading]