Snakey sine waves
The physics of sidewinder snake movement.
Physicists have long studied the unique movement of snakes, and now they have proof that there’s more to snakeskin th...
Researchers prompt self-adapting atoms to mimic the human brain.
Dutch physicists have just taken the first steps towards making a “quantum brain” by building a material that stores ...
Green lantern shoots straight
Record-breaking laser cuts through atmosphere
Scientists have set a world record for the most stable transmission of a laser signal through the atmosphere, effecti...
Yolk study sheds light on traumatic brain injuries.
Scientists say they have identified for the first time what type of impact most likely causes concussion – a serious ...
Diamonds put the heat on cells
Tiny gems help scientists shed light on thermal conductivity.
Using tiny diamonds, or nanodiamonds, scientists have worked out how to measure heat transfer inside living cells – s...
In search of that quantum advantage
Studies suggest we may be getting a little closer.
December is a hectic time of year for everyone, but quantum physicists seem to be especially busy. In particular, ...
Perfect fluid? I like the sound of that
Physicists measure some rare diffusion in the lab.
Physicists in the US say they have been able to measure sound diffusion in a “perfect fluid” for the first time. T...
Whip you up a diamond? No pressure
Researchers do it in the lab, at room temperature.
Australian-led research has taken a leaf out of Superman’s comic book and created diamonds at room temperature for th...
On the wings of an owl
And maybe, one day, the wings of an aircraft.
There’s a lot of learning going on about how owls fly – and what we can learn from that. Last month, as reported i...
Can we control where lightning strikes?
Laser technology offers some tantalising clues.
Pioneering laser technology could be used to tame lightning and control where it strikes the ground, according to an ...
A new spin on atoms
Strange things happen when they get really close.
US researchers have developed a way to control and measure atoms that are so close together they are impossible to di...
Robert Hooke, a man for the times
An underrated overachiever in the world of science.
Robert Hooke was one of the greatest scientists of the 17th century. Think about that. Hooke was born in England, ...