“The Kavli Prizes recognize three scientific areas we believe are exceptionally exciting in the 21st Century and at the brink of remarkable discoveries – astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. Created to honor, support and recognize scientists whose work have had a profound impact in these areas, through these Prizes we also hope to raise people's awareness of the benefits of basic science in their own lives.” — Fred Kavli, founder of The Kavli Foundation Science prizes for the 21st century, the Kavli Prizes recognize scientists for their seminal advances in three research areas: astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. Consisting of a scroll, medal and cash award of one million dollars, a prize in each of these areas is awarded every two years beginning in 2008. About the Kavli Prize
Video: Stellar cataclysm The protons that constantly smack into Earth's atmosphere at near the speed of light get their huge energies from exploding stars. At least that's what physicists and astronomers had long suspected, but direct evidence for the idea has been difficult to come by – until now. Cosmic rays are any charged particles arriving at Earth from space. Nearly all of them are protons, and some have been accelerated to speeds higher than any achieved by a particle accelerator on Earth. Although we have known about cosmic rays since 1912, their origins have remained a puzzle. Mystery of cosmic rays' origin finally solved - physics-math - 14 February 2013
Astronomers Do It In The Dark - astrophotography, astronomical photos, astronomical photography, astro photos, astro photography, Dark Nebulae, IC Nebulae, Reflection Nebulae, Open Clusters, Abell Galaxies, Spiral Galaxies, Galaxy Clusters, Planetary Nebu Welcome to AstronomersDoItInTheDark.com If you came to this site hoping to find images of scientists expanding their knowledge of the carnal variety, please accept my humble apologies. For, while I think we'll all agree that galaxies are impressive in their size, and many globular clusters are extraordinarily well endowed, the only thing bare on this site are references to one's ability to see the objects pictured with the unaided (i.e. naked) eye. You see, I am a lover. But, in the context of this website, a different kind of lover. I am an "amateur astronomer", and that phrase loosely translates from Latin to a "lover of the stars".
History: The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) was already operating an efficient archive for distribution of the Hubble Space Telescope data in 1997, when the International Ultraviolet Explorer mission ended and NASA began to search for a permanent home for the IUE data archive. The clear synergy between HST and IUE science made it logical to combine the data into a single archive. Soon thereafter NASA made STScI the archive center for data from similar space-based missions with data in the Ultraviolet/Optical/Near-IR range. The name Multimission Archive at STScI (MAST) was chosen to convey that the broader focus of the extended archive. On April 5, 2012, the archive was named the Barbara A. Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST) to honor Senator Mikulski for her career-long achievements and becoming the longest-serving woman in U.S. About MAST
CANDELS: A Cosmic Odyssey CANDELS is a powerful imaging survey of the distant Universe being carried out with two cameras on board the Hubble Space Telescope. CANDELS is the largest project in the history of Hubble, with 902 assigned orbits of observing time. This is the equivalent of four months of Hubble time if executed consecutively, but in practice CANDELS will take three years to complete (2010-2013). The core of CANDELS is the revolutionary near-infrared WFC3 camera, installed on Hubble in May 2009. About CANDELS
CMB Cosmic Background Radiation : One of the foremost cosmological discoveries was the detection of the cosmic background radiation. The discovery of an expanding Universe by Hubble was critical to our understanding of the origin of the Universe, known as the Big Bang. However, a dynamic Universe can also be explained by the steady state theory.
The MareNostrum Universe According to the Bible, the universe was created in about a week. Astrophysicists are currently building a virtual universe that will be completed in about four months, using 2048 processors of the MareNostrum supercomputer. Hosted by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, this 10,240-processor IBM machine is able to perform more than 94 trillion operations per second. This unique facility, the largest in Europe and ironically located inside an old chapel, is the perfect place to compute the formation and evolution of a virtual replica of our own universe. The latest generation of astronomical instruments has allowed astronomers to have a clear view of the universe at its infancy, based on the so-called "cosmic microwave background," as well as a very detailed knowledge of the universe at present, in its fully adult, grown-up age.
CERN Confirms New Particle --"We Know it Must be a Boson" The Higgs boson is a potential key to understanding why elementary particles have mass and to the existence of diversity and life in the universe. Both the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN observed a new particle in the mass region around 125-126 GeV, physicists announced at a seminar held at CERN yesterday. The next step will be to determine the precise nature of the particle and its significance for our understanding of the universe. Are its properties as expected for the long-sought Higgs boson, the final missing ingredient in the Standard Model of particle physics?
Boson de Higgs