Love them or hate them, so-called fidget spinners are hitting a critical mass in pop culture — the millennial’s yo-yo. The fad’s meteoric rise is likely bolstered by social media,... Continue reading "PHYSICS EXPLAINS WHY FIDGET SPINNERS ARE SO FUN"
The world’s thinnest, strongest and most conductive material, discovered in 2004 at the University of Manchester by Professor Andre Geim and Professor Kostya Novoselov, has the potential to revolutionize material... Continue reading "Graphene’s ‘Big Mac’ creates next generation of chips"
Why does a solid metal that is engineered for ductility become brittle, often suddenly and with dramatic consequences, in the presence of certain liquid metal impurities? The phenomenon, known as... Continue reading "Lehigh University ceramics researchers shed light on metal embrittlement"
Not long after the development of the first laser in 1960 scientists discovered that shining a beam through certain crystals produced light of a different color; more specifically, it produced... Continue reading "Stanford engineers create nanoscale nonlinear light source"
Researchers at Oregon State University have created a new, unifying method to describe a basic chemical concept called “electronegativity,” first described almost 80 years ago by OSU alumnus Linus Pauling... Continue reading "Advance offers new opportunities in chemistry education, research"
University of California Santa Barbara study reveals how gas, temperature controlled bacterial response to Deepwater Horizon spill
In a new study, UC Santa Barbara scientists explain how they used DNA to identify microbes present in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and how... Continue reading "University of California Santa Barbara study reveals how gas, temperature controlled bacterial response to Deepwater Horizon spill"
More than 60 percent of the energy produced by cars, machines, and industry around the world is lost as waste heat — an age-old problem — but researchers have found... Continue reading "Microwave ovens a key to energy production from wasted heat"
Better physics teaching with a particular emphasis on radioactivity and radiation science could improve public awareness through education of the environmental benefits and relative safety of nuclear power generation, according... Continue reading "Rebalancing the nuclear debate through education"
You wouldn’t want one for a close neighbour – at their fiercest, they can be five billion times brighter than the sun – but supernovae, briefly capable of outshining an... Continue reading "In praise of … supernovae | Editorial"
Reference code 00008798 Power your life Vestas offers you challenging career opportunities within a global organisation. As the world’s leading supplier of wind power solutions, we have delivered more than... Continue reading "Lead Engineer in Conceptual Design for Transport & Handling Solutions, Vestas"
Related images(click to enlarge) Wiring systems powered by highly-efficient superconductors have long been a dream of science, but researchers have faced such practical challenges such as finding pliable and cost-effective... Continue reading "Innovative superconductor fibers carry 40 times more electricity"
Related images (click to enlarge) In the Hollywood blockbuster “Speed,” a bomb on a bus is rigged to blow up if the bus slows down below 50 miles per hour.... Continue reading "Our galaxy might hold thousands of ticking ‘time bombs’"
Researchers at Northwestern University have created a new kind of cloaking material that can render objects invisible in the terahertz range. Though this design can’t translate into an invisibility cloak... Continue reading "Hiding objects with a terahertz invisibility cloak"
An international team of scientists has developed a novel X-ray technique for imaging atomic displacements in materials with unprecedented accuracy. They have applied their technique to determine how a recently... Continue reading "Scientists observe smallest atomic displacements ever"
In things thick and thin: Cornell physicists explain how fluids — such as paint or paste — behave by observing how micron-sized suspended particles dance in real time. Using high-speed... Continue reading "Cornell physicists capture microscopic origins of thinning and thickening fluids"
University of Florida researchers may help resolve the public debate over our future light source of choice: Edison’s incandescent bulb or the more energy efficient compact fluorescent lamp. It could... Continue reading "Manufacturing method paves way for commercially viable quantum dot-based LEDs"
Efforts to build larger wind turbines able to capture more energy from the air are stymied by the weight of blades. A Case Western Reserve University researcher has built a... Continue reading "Researchers build a tougher, lighter wind turbine blade"
Scientists from the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville have determined that an inexpensive semiconductor material can be “tweaked” to generate hydrogen from water using sunlight. The research,... Continue reading "Novel alloy could produce hydrogen fuel from sunlight"
This week Alok Jha meets the Guardian’s new brains blogger Mo Costandi to discuss his Neurophilosophy blog – which lifts the lid on the human brain and takes a peek... Continue reading "Science Weekly podcast: Blogging the brain, and the sounds of space"
If you squeeze mass into a smaller and smaller volume (for instance when a big star collapses) the gravitational field around it gets stronger and stronger. At some point it... Continue reading "Black holes turn into fuzzballs and destroy a thousand sci-fi plots | Jon Butterworth"
Related images(click to enlarge) The Eyes are about 50 million light-years away in the constellation of Virgo (The Virgin) and are some 100 000 light-years apart. The nickname comes from... Continue reading "VLT looks into the eyes of the virgin"
Related images (click to enlarge) A new physics-based theory could give researchers a deeper understanding of the unusual, slow dynamics of liquids composed of large polymers. This advance provides a... Continue reading "New theory may shed light on dynamics of large-polymer liquids"