When you cough, how far can it go?
Physics suggests we should be ‘distancing’ further.
Airborne transmission of viruses is not well understood, but a good baseline for study is a deeper understanding of h...
Scanning with golden ‘bow ties’
Detectors would operate in terahertz region.
Australian and British physicists have unveiled their design for a high-precision detector they say could enable a ne...
2D materials with a twist
Doing it a scale could release their potential.
Welcome to the world of twistronics – electronics with a twist. There is increasing interest in the potential of t...
Just how runny can a liquid get?
It seems there’s an equation for that.
You’ve probably never wondered how runny a liquid can get, which is no bad thing because it’s not an easy question to...
Hans Geiger counts particles
His device changed physics and films.
The Geiger counter is fundamental to popular entertainment, especially in sci-fi films in which a scientist carrying ...
Wiring quantum computers
Researchers propose new ‘simple build’.
Physicists from Japan and Australia have proposed a novel two-dimensional design for a quantum computer that can be c...
Getting to grips with superconductivity
Energy gap modulations in a cuprate superconductor.
The explanation of this schematic diagram may do your head in if you’re not a physicist, but the work is well worth n...
Entanglement and a quantum internet
Researchers say they have found the ‘missing link’ for success.
US physicists say they have found “the missing link” for a practical quantum internet and, as such, taken a big step ...
Scientists crack 58-year-old quantum mystery
Fluke find could revolutionise nuclear magnetic resonance.
Curiosity-driven research can yield exciting discoveries. The latest is an accidental breakthrough by Australian engi...
Turbulent times in the aquarium
Researchers unravel how fluids transform from order to disorder.
While turbulence is everywhere – from planes to white water rafting and whirlpools in the bathtub – it’s one of the l...
Don’t fear the craquelure
Cracks can make wood paintings less vulnerable.
Cracks in the paint of a great work of art may not be quite the problem they seem. In fact, if it’s a painting on woo...
Reducing noise below the sound of silence
Researchers manipulate quantum light with telling effect.
Researchers from Australia, Singapore and China have developed a technology that manipulates quantum states of light ...