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  • A Flame Ball Named Kelly

    2003Sept. 20, 2011

    Onboard the Space ShuttleColumbia (STS-107), experimental flame balls have been doing some strange and wonderful things--e.g., flying in corkscrew patterns and beating like human hearts.

  • Robot Blood

    2003April 6, 2011

    This week Astronautsonboard the International Space Stationare studying strange magnetic fluids that might one day flow in the veins of Robotsand help buildings resist earthquakes.

  • Mob Rules

    2004April 6, 2011

    An experiment onboard the International Space Stationis helping physicists decipher the group behavior of atoms and molecules.

  • In Search of Gravitomagnetism

    2004Sept. 20, 2011

    Gravity Probe B has left Earth to measure a subtle yet long-sought force of Nature.

  • Was Galileo Wrong?

    2004April 6, 2011

    Could one of the fundamental assumptions of modern Physicsbe wrong? A group of NASA-supported researchers are going to find out by bouncing laser beams off the Moon.

  • A New Form of Matter: II

    2004Sept. 20, 2011

    NASA-supported researchers have discovered a weird new phase of matter called fermionic condensates.

  • Evicting Einstein

    2004April 6, 2011

    A Physicsexperiment on the drawing board for the International Space Stationcould help find the grand unifying "Theory of Everything."

  • Gentlemen, start your gyros!

    2004April 6, 2011

    Four months after launch, NASA's Gravity Probe B spacecraft has begun its search for an elusive space-time vortex around Earth.

  • Mystery in a Cup of Tea

    2004April 6, 2011

    Using odds and ends from the Space Stationpantry, researchers have learned something new about fluid physics.

  • A Pocket of Near-Perfection

    2004April 6, 2011

    Right now, one of the most precise Physicsexperiments ever attempted is orbiting Earth: Gravity Probe B. Its builders have created "a pocket of near-perfection" inside the spacecraft where spinning gyroscopes can sense the twisting of spacetime around Earth.