Archive | Physics & Mathematics


Boiling down viscous flow

A new simplified model predicts patterns that form from honey-like fluids. Drizzling honey on toast can produce mesmerizing, meandering patterns, as the syrupy fluid ripples and coils in a sticky, […]


Expanding the reach of metallic glass

Metallic glass, a class of materials that offers both pliability and strength, is poised for a friendly takeover of the chemical landscape. Yale University engineers have found a unique method […]


Smaller and cheaper particle accelerators?

Traditionally, particle accelerators have relied on electric fields generated by radio waves to drive electrons and other particles close to the speed of light. But in radio-frequency machines there is […]


New tabletop detector sees single electrons

MIT physicists have developed a new tabletop particle detector that is able to identify single electrons in a radioactive gas. As the gas decays and gives off electrons, the detector […]


A better grasp on primate grip

Scientists are coming to grips with the superior grasping ability of humans and other primates throughout history. In a new study, a research team led by Yale University found that […]

Quantum model reveals surface structure of water

Quantum model reveals surface structure of water

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK’s National Measurement Institute in collaboration with IBM and the University of Edinburgh, has used a new quantum model to reveal the molecular structure […]

Death of giant galaxies spreads from the core

Death of giant galaxies spreads from the core

Astronomers have shown for the first time how star formation in “dead” galaxies sputtered out billions of years ago. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) […]


On the Road to Spin-orbitronics

Few among us may know what magnetic domains are but we make use of them daily when we email files, post images, or download music or video to our personal […]

Harvesting energy from electromagnetic waves

Harvesting energy from electromagnetic waves

For our modern, technologically-advanced society, in which technology has become the solution to a myriad of challenges, energy is critical not only for growth but also, more importantly, survival. The […]


Inside the most powerful explosions

New research by an international team that includes Penn State University scientists provides new information about what can happen inside the gigantic bursts of gamma rays that are produced by […]

Accelerating universe? Not so fast

Accelerating universe? Not so fast

Certain types of supernovae, or exploding stars, are more diverse than previously thought, a University of Arizona-led team of astronomers has discovered. The results, reported in two papers published in […]