NASA Again Delays James Webb, Targets 2021

In a video statement, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced that the agency has again delayed its complex James Webb telescope mission, this time to March 2021. The decision was reached after an assessment from an independent review board. The group also increased the estimated cost of the mission to $9.66 billion, a figure that exceeds the current cap of $8.7 billion set by Congress.

Work Begins to Boost LHC Luminosity

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN officially entered a new stage with a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of the civil-engineering work for its High-Luminosity LHC (HL-LHC) upgrade. By 2026, this major project will considerably improve the performance of the LHC, increasing the number of collisions in the large experiments and boosting the probability for discovering new physics phenomena.

NOvA Reports Strong Evidence for Antineutrino Oscillation

For more than three years, scientists on the NOvA collaboration have observed neutrino particles as they oscillate from one type to another over a distance of 500 miles. Now, in a new result unveiled at the Neutrino 2018 conference in Heidelberg, Germany, the collaboration announced its first results using antineutrinos, presenting strong evidence of muon antineutrinos oscillating into electron antineutrinos over long distances, a phenomenon that has never been unambiguously observed.

Applied Superconductivity Center Names New Director

The reins of the Applied Superconductivity Center (ASC), hosted at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (CSA CSM), have been handed over to scientist and professor Lance Cooley, a CSA board director. Cooley takes over for his longtime mentor David Larbalestier, who will remain the chief scientist for materials at the MagLab and a professor at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.

New Superconducting Cable Surfaces from Research Supporting US Navy

A research team from Florida State University’s Center for Advanced Power Systems and the Colorado-based Advanced Conductor Technologies LLC has demonstrated the first high-temperature superconducting direct current power transmission cable using ACT’s Conductor on Round Core (CORC) cable technology. The cables enable transmission of vast amounts of power at high currents that could be used to fuel power grids or help operate an all-electric ship for the US Navy, according to the team.


A dewar is a type of cryostat named after Sir James Dewar, the researcher who first developed the concept of a vacuum insulated container with silvered walls to reflect thermal radiation. Dewar was the first to liquefy hydrogen, and he created the device to store his discovery. The thermos bottle is a rudimentary form of … Continue reading Dewar