The Lancet: Universal health coverage for US militar veterans within reach, but many still lack coverage

Over a million US military veterans lacked healthcare coverage in 2012, according to new estimates published in The Lancet. While many people believe that all veterans are covered by the Veterans Affairs health care system, less than half — 8.9 million — of the 22 million veterans in the US are covered by VA health benefits, and most veterans are covered by private health insurance. Uninsured veterans are more likely to be young, single, African American, and veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. —> Read More Here

Physicist Helps Discover Subatomic Particles

Syracuse NY (SPX) Nov 20, 2014

A physicist in the College of Arts and Sciences is the lead contributor to the discovery of two never-before-seen baryonic particles. The finding, which is the subject of a forthcoming article in Physical Review Letters (American Physical Society, 2014), is expected to have a major impact on the study of quark dynamics.

Steven Blusk, associate professor of physics, has identified particles —> Read More Here

Time in Space Exposes Materials to the Test of Time

Washington DC (SPX) Nov 24, 2014

Much like that pickup truck rusting in your backyard thanks to time, rain and the elements, extended stays in the brutal environment of space can take its toll on spacecraft, satellites and space stations.

In fact, anything outside the protective blanket of our atmosphere can be assaulted by orbital debris, temperature extremes, micrometeoroids, direct sunlight and, when spacecraft are in —> Read More Here

Sun’s rotating ‘magnet’ pulls lightning towards UK

Washington DC (SPX) Nov 24, 2014

The Sun may be playing a part in the generation of lightning strikes on Earth by temporarily ‘bending’ the Earth’s magnetic field and allowing a shower of energetic particles to enter the upper atmosphere.

This is according to researchers at the University of Reading who have found that over a five year period the UK experienced around 50% more lightning strikes when the Earth’s magnetic f —> Read More Here

Scientists get to the heart of fool’s gold as a solar material

Madison WI (SPX) Nov 24, 2014

As the installation of photovoltaic solar cells continues to accelerate, scientists are looking for inexpensive materials beyond the traditional silicon that can efficiently convert sunlight into electricity.

Theoretically, iron pyrite – a cheap compound that makes a common mineral known as fool’s gold – could do the job, but when it works at all, the conversion efficiency remains frustr —> Read More Here

How to estimate the magnetic field of an exoplanet?

Moscow, Russia (SPX) Nov 24, 2014

Scientists developed a new method which allows to estimate the magnetic field of a distant exoplanet, i.e., a planet, which is located outside the Solar system and orbits a different star. Moreover, they managed to estimate the value of the magnetic moment of the planet HD 209458b.

The group of scientists including one of the researchers of the Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia) pu —> Read More Here

Expedition 42 Trio Launches on Time to Station

Baikonur, Kazakhstan (SPX) Nov 24, 2014

The Soyuz TMA-15M launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station at 4:01 p.m. EST (3:01 a.m. on Nov. 24 Baikonur time). Terry Virts of NASA, Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency now are safely in orbit.

Virts, Shkaplerov and Cristoforetti will dock with the station’s —> Read More Here

European space plane set for February launch: firm

Paris (AFP) Nov 21, 2014

Europe’s first-ever “space plane” will be launched on February 11 next year, rocket firm Arianespace said Friday after a three-month delay to fine-tune the mission flight plan.

The unmanned, car-sized vessel will be sent into low orbit by Europe’s Vega light rocket, on a 100-minute fact-finding flight to inform plans to build a shuttle-like, reusable space vehicle.

Dubbed IXV, for Interm —> Read More Here

Cloaking device hides across continuous range of angles

Rochester NY (SPX) Nov 20, 2014

Inspired perhaps by Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak, scientists have recently developed several ways–some simple and some involving new technologies–to hide objects from view. The latest effort, developed at the University of Rochester, not only overcomes some of the limitations of previous devices, but it uses inexpensive, readily available materials in a novel configuration.

“There’v —> Read More Here

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