Today’s physics news: Mega-array reveals birthplace of giant stars; Cassini captures spectacle in Saturn’s shadow

Here is our physics news for Thursday 20 December 2012.

Mega-array reveals birthplace of giant stars

The Atacama Large Millimetre Array (ALMA) has punched through a brick wall. ALMA has seen into the heart of a massive cloud of cold dust and gas near the Galactic Centre that, because it blocks visible light, had been dubbed the ‘brick’.


Cassini captures spectacle in Saturn’s shadow

A rare chance for NASA’s Cassini spacecraft to observe the planet’s rings while in Saturn’s shadow has led to a new stunning image.

New Scientist

Private reservations about a very public consultation

Times Higher has obtained private responses from a selection of Russell Group Universities to the Government’s White Paper on Higher Education.  The responses reveal significant concerns.

Times Higher Education

Head of the Line

Japanese scientists deserve support in their bid for the next big collider.


History journals revolt on open access

A group of prominent UK-based history journals has thrown down the gauntlet to Research Councils UK over open access by announcing a new policy that is not compliant with the organisation’s requirements.

Times Higher Education

Make things for the real world, not the web

Our most valuable companies are not in the ether. If we want jobs, think goods, not software

The Times (Subscription only)

Part-timers don’t get support they need or credit they deserve

Although around 40 per cent of staff in higher education work part-time, they tend not to receive the level of academic or administrative support supplied to their full-time peers, according to a paper delivered at the Society for Research into Higher Education’s annual conference.

Times Higher Education


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