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UI-led team confirms 'gusty winds' in space turbulence

A solar prominence erupts into the sun's atmosphere, or corona. Credit: NASA.

Why is the atmosphere of the sun far hotter than the surface of the sun? The answer, scientists believe, lies in the concept of turbulence, a phenomenon directly measured in the laboratory for the first time by a research team led by the University of Iowa. Story

Hidden portals in Earth's magnetic field


Jack Scudder, a University of Iowa professor of physics and astronomy, has discovered how to find magnetic portals in space. Story from:

An astronomical illumination

Sun-Earth interaction drawing

When you think of the process that enables the northern lights, think of spaghetti becoming untangled, says University of Iowa researcher Jack Scudder. He and his colleagues have reached a milestone in describing how the northern lights work by way of a process called “magnetic reconnection.” Story

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