What it Takes to Build the Next James Webb Space Telescope with Blake Bullock and Scott Willoughby

Northrop Grumman Astrophysicist, Blake Bullock, and Engineer, Scott Willoughby, share what it takes to build the next generation James Webb Space Telescope. Join in to lean about Blake’s job to understand the future and Scott’s role to bring that future to reality at the inaugural X-STEM Symposium in Washington, D.C. on April 24, 2014. The X-STEM Symposium is sponsored by MedImmune and the Northrop Grumman Foundation and is a program of the USA Science & Engineering Festival....

Black holes and coffee - Scientists & Engineers on Sofas (and other furnishings)

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Over a cup of coffee, astrophysicist Dan Evans chats about black holes, his research and what’s on the horizon.

Credit: NSF

Best image ever of planet formation around infant star - panel discussion

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The National Science Foundation-funded National Radio Astronomy Observatory will expand on a news release just issued this morning related to Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array's (ALMA) new high-resolution capabilities. Astronomers have captured the best image ever of planet formation around an infant star as part of ALMA’s testing and verification process for new high-resolution capabilities. We invite journalists, astronomers, and anyone just interested in cool astronomy...

Illustrating the environment around infant stars like HL Tau

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Artist's impression of a protoplanetary disk. Newly formed planets can be seen traveling around the central host star, sweeping their orbits clear of dust and gas. These same ring-link structures were observed recently by ALMA around the young star HL Tau.

For more information visit: go.nrao.edu/pr/planet-formation-alma

Credit: National Science Foundation, A. Khan

Inner workings of StarDrive Propulsion

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This video shows the inner workings of StarDrive Mark I and how it creates thrust.

Skate Parks: Countercultural Communities Reclaiming Urban Public Space

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The central focus of this study has attempted to deconstruct the idea of public space through an analysis of skate parks and the colonization of public space by youth and countercultural communities. The existing scholarly literature primarily concentrates on the architecture and spatial function of skate parks.