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Recovered Columbia Shuttle Data, and other Physics News Briefs

Data from a hard-drive that was aboard the ill-fated Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003 helps explain why the act of shaking a material can quickly transform it into something completely different.

Scientists around the world are scrambling to unlock the secrets behind a new group of superconducting materials.

Placing enough carbon filters around the planet could reel the world's atmosphere back toward the 18th century.

With startup of the Large Hadron Collider scheduled for this summer, the 10 US LHC bloggers bring you news from the LHC’s front lines.

The high-energy Omega laser is giving scientists a better understanding of the evolution and structure of Jupiter, Saturn and extrasolar giant planets.


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