A new wave way to grow biomaterials
Controlling biofilms opens a world of opportunities.
Australian physicists have developed a way to use waves to manipulate the growth of bacteria biofilms – one of the mo...
Making water-repellent surfaces toughen up
New approach equips them for the real world.
Superhydrophobic surfaces are smart, but not that tough. They repel water brilliantly but are easy to cut, scratch...
Watch the art of Roman Hill on film
Fluid dynamics in action can be a visual feast.
Roman Hill’s canvas is eight square millimetres of glass and his media are commonly available: oil, water, ink, paint...
A laser that could really make waves
Researchers deliver high energy in a trillionth of a second.
Physicists in Australia and the US have developed a new type of laser that can deliver high amounts of energy in very...
Microwave signal stability gets a boost
Researchers report a 100-fold improvement.
US researchers say they have taken a giant step towards more accurate time dissemination, improved navigation and mor...
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...