Indiana University Research & Creative Activity


Volume XXVII Number 1
Fall 2004

Table of Contents

Editor's Notes



The Last Page

by Karen Grooms

Catherine Pilachowski testifies to presidential commissions and reaches out to students all in the name of stars.

by Elizabeth E. Hunt

A physicist answers cosmic questions at 6,800 feet below ground.

by David Bricker

An IU research team is helping guide NASA's search for extraterrestrial life.

by David Bricker

Do Martian minerals hold water? Some special "x-ray vision" may reveal an answer.

by Eric Pfeffinger

Twentieth-century sci-fi—it's not simply fantasy, but a cultural mindset that is sticking with us.

by Jeremy Shere

By 2007, the International Space Station may be crawling, or floating, with rats.

by Kimi Eisele

At a mountaintop telescope in Arizona, IU astronomers keep busy, even when it rains.

by Lauren J. Bryant

University observatories have long put stars in the eyes of faculty, staff, students, and the community.

by Lauren J. Bryant

Open clusters offer star "laboratories" for examining the universe's past and future.

by Eric Pfeffinger

Dwarf galaxies many times smaller than the Milky Way reveal the basics of how all galaxies evolve.

by Erika Knudson

A mysterious "dark energy" propels the universe's expansion—determining its nature could be a SNAP.

by Michael Wilkerson

The power of the Internet and space-based telescopes has revolutionized the study of "exotic stars."

by Hal Kibbey

Computer simulations are pointing to new understandings of how planets are born.

by Jeremy Shere

What was the Big Bang like? Nuclear physicists are using massive colliders and detectors to recreate the condition of the universe immediately after its birth.