Physics

  • Focusing sound waves is child’s play

    Lego figures demonstrate ‘time reversed’ sound waves that could have military and medical applica...

    In the 2003 sci-fi movie The Core, the Earth faced catastrophe in the aftermath of tests of a weapon designed to crea...

    Physics January 4, 2022
  • Why are planets spherical?

    A battle between gravity and rotation gives our planets their shape.

    Why are the Sun, the planets and their moons all spherical in shape? Lionel Wait, what? The Earth is actually...

    Astrophysics December 29, 2021
  • 9 coolest black hole stories of the year

    There was so much epic research into these cosmic monsters that it was hard to narrow down the list.

    We still don’t understand a lot about black holes – objects that are so massive and sense that nothing can escape the...

    Astrophysics December 21, 2021
  • Isaac Newton: magic man

    A world-famous scientist with a passion for alchemy.

    In Michael Hart’s 1978 book The 100: A Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History, renowned scientist Issac N...

    Physics December 19, 2021
  • Einstein’s theory holds up after 16-year test

    Observation of double pulsar system shows that general relativity still can’t be beat.

    An international team have put Einstein’s theory through the wringer with the help of a double pulsar system and 16 y...

    Physics December 14, 2021
  • Batting with anticipation

    Researchers learn more about how bats track and catch prey and filter out unnecessary sounds.

    Being a bat chasing prey, scientists say, is a bit like trying to hit a tennis ball under a strobe light. That...

    Animals December 11, 2021
  • Conversation

    3 reasons the announcement to dump radioactive waste in South Australia is extremely premature

    The national nuclear waste storage facility will be at Napandee, near Kimba in South Australia. B...

    Radioactive waste from nuclear medicine facilities around Australia will be trucked to and buried near the South Aust...

    Physics December 4, 2021
  • Quantum spin liquid observed in physics first

    Researchers finally document never-seen-before state of matter.

    After 50 years of hunting, physicists have finally observed a new state of matter known as a quantum spin liquid. ...

    Physics December 3, 2021
  • Could gravitational waves help us find dark matter?

    Astronomers use super-sensitive instruments to look for boson clouds, a leading contender for dar...

    Over the last few years, gravitational waves have revolutionised physics. Sensitive instruments like the Laser Interf...

    Astrophysics December 2, 2021
  • Ultra-thin material mimics quantum entangled rare earth compounds

    Easy-to-make material might provide new platform for quantum computing.

    Finnish physicists have created an ultra-thin, 2D material with quantum properties that would usually only be made po...

    Physics November 25, 2021
  • History

    Charles Townes shines a light

    From maser to laser, the development of radiation emission devices became a little messy and liti...

    In the 1964 movie Goldfinger, based on the book of that name by acclaimed British writer Ian Fleming, the avaricious ...

    Physics November 21, 2021
  • How do fingers snap?

    It’s friction – and surprisingly fast motion.

    Humans have been snapping fingers for thousands of years – records of finger clicking go back to ancient Greece, and ...

    Physics November 17, 2021
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