Curiosity Rover's first short spin around Mars: latest pictures

The six-wheel NASA rover did not stray far from the spot where it landed more than two weeks ago. It rolled forward about 4.6 meters, rotated to a right angle and reversed a short distance, leaving track marks on the ancient soil.
Mission managers were ecstatic that the maiden voyage of the $2.5 billion mission was glitch-free.
"It couldn't be more important," said project manager Peter Theisinger at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "We built a rover. So unless the rover roves, we really haven't accomplished anything. It's a big moment."

Curiosity Sends High-Resolution Color Images from Gale Crater


NASA's Curiosity rover has shipped back to Earth high-resolution color images of its surroundings on Mars, sharpening our views of an intriguing channel, layered buttes and a layer of cobbles and pebbles embedded in a finer matrix of material.

Beer Types


In the Schnitzelbahn Bier Tournament, the structure and “competitors” were not really planned in advance.  The competitors emerged as we discovered simply what was available in two local supermarkets. 

Visualization of features of a series of measurements with one-dimensional cellular structure


This paper describes the method of visualization of periodic constituents and  instability areas in series of measurements, being based on the algorithm of smoothing out and concept of one-dimensional  cellular automata. 

Decoherence-protected quantum gates for a hybrid solid-state spin register


Protecting the dynamics of coupled quantum systems from decoherence by the environment is a key challenge for solid-state quantum information processing.

Culturomics 2.0 Forecasts Human Behavior By Supercomputing Global News


News is increasingly being produced and consumed online, supplanting print and broadcast to represent nearly half of the news monitored across the world today by Western intelligence agencies.

Open access and epistemology


In a recent Nature piece, Paul Ginsparg recounts the evolution of ArXiv, an online repository for preprint article submissions in physics that he created two decades ago at the dawn of the Internet, and reflects on the compartmentalized nature of the academic publishing system.

A cloak in time


In his final battle against evil on the big screen, Harry Potter could have used a newfound type of cloak: one that hides not objects in space, but events in time.

Quantum Physics First: Physicists Measure Without Distorting


Quantum mechanics is famous for saying that a tree falling in a forest when there's no one there doesn't make a sound. Quantum mechanics also says that if anyone is listening, it interferes with and changes the tree. And so the famous paradox: how can we know reality if we cannot measure it without distorting it?



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