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Scientists bring the fusion energy that lights the sun and stars closer to reality on Earth

Scientists bring the fusion energy that lights the sun and stars closer to reality on Earth

Physicist Min-Gu Yoo with slides from his paper in background. Credit: Elle Starkman/PPPL Office of Communications; collage by Kiran Sudarsanan Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) have proposed the source of the sudden and puzzling collapse of heat that precedes disruptions that can damage doughnut-shaped tokamak fusion facilities. …

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Water Can Separate Into 2 Different Liquids. We Just Got Closer to Knowing Why

Water Can Separate Into 2 Different Liquids. We Just Got Closer to Knowing Why

The dazzling beauty of a snowflake is testament to the amazing shapes water can form below freezing point. Placed under pressure, the elegant dance of the H2O molecule contorts into something bizarre at super chilly temperatures, virtually tying themselves in knots to avoid transforming into ice. Researchers from the University of Birmingham in the UK …

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Underwater snow reveals new clues about Europa as ocean world missions draw closer

Underwater snow reveals new clues about Europa as ocean world missions draw closer

The underwater snow forms in the global ocean and travels up though the water to attach to submerged ravines and inverted ice peaks, according to new research. This same phenomenon takes place below ice shelves on Earth — and it may be how Europa builds its ice shell. The finding, published Monday in the journal …

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High-altitude balloons over Oregon bring search for life on Mars one step closer

High-altitude balloons over Oregon bring search for life on Mars one step closer

The Near Space Corporation crew manages the upper portion of the high-altitude balloon at the Madras Airport. Brandon Swanson / OPB It’s an icy fall morning at the Madras Airport. In the distance, Mount Jefferson is pink with dawn light. A crew led by Vic Rogers from Near Space Corporation has been working all night …

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