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3,000 Images Combine for Stunning Milky Way Portrait
Image Credit: Dr. Axel MellingerA new panoramic image of the full night sky with the Milky Way as its centerpiece has been made by piecing together 3,000 individual photographs. The panorama's creator, Axel Mellinger of Central Michigan University, spent 22 months and traveled over 26,000 miles to take digital photographs at dark sky locations in South Africa, Texas and Michigan. "This panorama image shows stars 1,000 times fainter than the human eye can see, as well as hundreds of galaxies, star clusters and nebulae," Mellinger said.

A Visual History: 50 Years of Space Exploration
National Geographic
Ever Wonder What Every Space Mission From the Last 50 Years Looks Like on One Map? Well, here it is. National Geographic has plotted the route of every space mission carried out over the last 50 years onto a map of the solar system, giving a nice visual look at the history of space travel. Each line represents a different space mission, highlighting notable missions, including those from different countries, those of historical significance, and those which have failed.

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AIP UniPHY offers new discovery and networking site for the physical sciences
American Institute of Physics
Image Credit: American Institute of Physics AIP UniPHY is an online network linking physical science professionals, academics, and serious enthusiasts worldwide. Anyone 18 years of age and older can join and explore the global connections they share through the commonality of publishing in the scholarly community. Register for free and you'll discover who has published in areas that interest you, who has collaborated with these individuals, and who has collaborated with them. . .and on what. You'll also learn where your peers and potential colleagues are located in more than 100 countries across the globe.

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Dawn on the northern face of Saturn's rings
The Planetary Society Blog, by Emily Lakdawalla
REUTERS/Ronald Dejarnett/U.S. Navy/HandoutI've been watching Cassini's raw images website for the latest eye candy from Saturn's equinox. Here is a particularly nice view of a crescent Saturn with dark rings, just a week after equinox. I love the skinny shadow cast by the vast ring system, and the way the rings are brightened by reflected Saturnshine. The image is composed of red, green, and blue frames so has some relationship natural color, but because Saturn is so much brighter than the rings the color doesn't work particularly well.

Jill Tarter's TED Prize Wish

Imagine being granted one wish in support of your greatest passion. That’s what the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Prize makes possible. In this video, the SETI Institute's Jill Tarter elaborates on her TED Prize wish: "I wish that you would empower Earthlings everywhere to become active participants in the ultimate search for cosmic company." Using a growing array of radio telescopes, she (and all of us) can listen for patterns that may be a sign of intelligence elsewhere in the universe. More...

 Tom Baer interviews 2009 Nobel Laureate in Physics George Smith -OSA
• What's a Bachelor's Degree Worth? -American Institute of Physics
• Molecular Currents -Physical Review Focus
• Street Corner Science with Stephen Benkovic -ScienceCentral
• Rocketeers Win $1.65 Million in Prizes -CosmicLog
• Storage Ring Dust-Up -Physical Review Focus

Physics website
American Physical Society (APS)
Image credit: American Physical SocietyAPS has developed Physics with students in mind. Every week, APS publishes almost 400 articles, each being of interest to a large or small group of physicists.In Physics we select a few outstanding articles each week, and invite an expert to write an introductory piece, called a "Viewpoint", that explains the context and background of the selected article. This helps non-specialists and students to understand and appreciate the new research article. If you get interested and want to read the original journal article, we also make it free to download from the Physics website. Go to the Physics website...

• 8 Ways Scientists Look at—But Don't Yet See—Dark Matter -Discover
• Searching for Extraterrestrial Life -New York Times
• Scientists Claim New State of Matter Created -LiveScience
• Elevator to space? They're really trying -Physorg.com
• IMAX Filmmakers Push Scientists To The Max -ScienceCentral

AIP's Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (JRSE)
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Image credit: AIP/JSREAIP is pleased with the success of its newest journal: the Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy (JRSE). To complement this online-only journal, AIP has developed a website with components that go beyond the standard journal webpage, including: (i) a blog—in which insightful commentary on news, policy, and research related not just to the journal, but to renewable and sustainable energy in general, can be found, (ii) a list of top stories—culled from major newspapers, magazines, and websites, these stories cover the most important news happening in the field, and (iii) interviews (audio, video, and text) with researchers, newsmakers, and other persons of interest to the field of basic renewable and sustainable energy research. More...

• 'Green Pea' Galaxies Spotted -CosmicLog
• A Fabric with Vision -MIT News
• The Electric Slide -Physical Review Focus
• Planet-Hunting Kepler Telescope Lifts Its Lid -Space.com
• New Einstein @ Home effort hunts for pulsars -EurekaAlert

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ΣΠΣ Celebrates Art & Science
1st Place Awardee, Future Faces of Physics Category at the 2008 ΣΠΣ Congress, 'In Dimension,' by Jeanette Powers.
Artist's Choice Awardee, Future Faces of Physics Category at the 2008 ΣΠΣ Congress, 'The Bubble Chamber Reliquary,' by Kristal Feldt, Undergraduate, University of Kansas. Photo by Aaron Paden.

One of the themes explored during the 2008 Sigma Pi Sigma Congress was Art and Science. The Fermilab grounds boast unique architecture and art. Founding director Robert R. Wilson, a renowned physicist and an accomplished artist and sculptor, believed that a research laboratory should be a cultural center for the community and the nation. In celebration of Wilson’s vision, Congress participants created more than 30 works of art for display and/or judging at the Congress. Shocased here are those works receiving prizes—see abstracts for all art entries here.

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