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  • Nuclear fusion reactions mark a 'milestone'

    Nuclear fusion reactions mark a 'milestone'
    It took 192 lasers and a building big enough to contain three football fields, but physicists have finally produced a pair of nuclear fusion reactions that created more energy than was in the fuel to start with. The reactions lasted less than a...
  • Nuclear fusion? Laser-wielding physicists find promising hints

    Nuclear fusion? Laser-wielding physicists find promising hints
    Scientists have been trying to harness the secrets of star power since the days of the Cold War. Now, using a 2-millimeter capsule housed in a cavernous building roughly the length of three football fields, researchers have conducted a landmark...
  • University High wins crown at JPL Regional Science Bowl

    University High wins crown at JPL Regional Science Bowl
    In the end, it came down to a rematch: Arcadia and University high schools, two teams made up of the brightest young science minds in Southern California who one year ago faced off just like this, armed with nothing more than a small pad of paper and a...
  • John Huizenga dies at 92; physicist helped discredit 'cold fusion'

    John Huizenga dies at 92; physicist helped discredit 'cold fusion'
    On Nov. 1, 1952, U.S. scientists detonated the first hydrogen bomb over Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific, introducing a powerful new weapon of war and, in the process, atomizing the rocky island. Air Force planes flying through the debris clouds collected...
  • Rare tiny neutrinos may have huge implications for astronomy

    Rare tiny neutrinos may have huge implications for astronomy
    Together, they contain a tiny fraction of the mass of a single electron. But the 28 neutrinos from deep space detected by an icy observatory beneath the South Pole promise a revolution in the study of the universe, scientists said Thursday. The...
  • Study to test California's kelp forests for radioactive contamination

    Study to test California's kelp forests for radioactive contamination
    The canopies of kelp undulating in the surges off the coast of California camouflage a complex ecosystem of sharks, rock fish, crabs, urchins and anemones that blossom like colorful flowers on the forest floor. Now, Steven L. Manley, a biology professor...
  • Ian Barbour dies at 90; academic who bridged science-religion divide

    Ian Barbour dies at 90; academic who bridged science-religion divide
    For Ian Barbour, the deadly possibilities of the Atomic Age raised questions that science couldn't answer — a perplexing situation for a young physicist after World War II. He responded to the challenge in an unusual way: After completing his...
  • 'Neutrino' author gets a big bang out of a really small thing

     'Neutrino' author gets a big bang out of a really small thing
    Sheldon Cooper, top nerd on "The Big Bang," jokes about neutrinos. So did John Updike in the witty short poem "Cosmic Gall," printed in 1960 in the New Yorker. But Canadian astrophysicist Ray Jayawardhana suggests we take them seriously indeed in...
  • Caltech names physicist from University of Chicago as new president

    Caltech names physicist from University of Chicago as new president
    Thomas Rosenbaum, an expert in condensed matter physics, will become the new president of the California Institute of Technology, officials announced Thursday. Rosenbaum, 58, currently serves as provost at the University of Chicago, where he also...
  • Review: Dogged pursuit of tragedy's truth in 'Challenger Disaster'

    Review: Dogged pursuit of tragedy's truth in 'Challenger Disaster'
    Getting a dual American premiere Saturday, via Discovery and Science Channel, "The Challenger Disaster" is a BBC-made TV movie about physicist Richard Feynman (William Hurt) and the investigation into the causes of the 1986 space shuttle explosion. It...
  • Fred Kavli dies at 86; businessman gave millions to research

    Fred Kavli dies at 86; businessman gave millions to research
    Nobel prizes in science often go to researchers of an advanced age — many are retired by the time the call comes from Oslo saying they've won. Fred Kavli, a Norwegian immigrant who got rich from a business he founded in Van Nuys making...