• 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...

    Physics May 20, 2020
  • 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...

    Physics May 8, 2020
  • 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...

    Physics May 4, 2020
  • 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...

    Physics April 27, 2020
  • History

    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 ...

    Physics April 27, 2020
  • 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...

    Physics April 24, 2020
  • 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...

    Physics April 2, 2020
  • 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 ...

    Physics March 24, 2020
  • 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...

    Physics March 12, 2020
  • 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...

    Physics March 2, 2020
  • 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...

    Physics February 23, 2020
  • 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 ...

    Physics February 19, 2020
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