How much do you need to knead?
Looking at the science of good breadmaking.
You know breadmaking is a serious business when scientists get involved. Physicists from Germany’s Technical Univers...
Dance that’s really (fluid) dynamic
Unique collaboration merges physics and choreography.
By Nick CarneBeing told you dance like a scientist may not be an insult.At the University of Michigan in the US, flui...
Building a picture of bamboo’s strengths
Researchers investigate its thermal properties and structural potential.
By Nick CarneA team of architects and engineers has mapped the way heat flows across the cell walls of bamboo, provid...
Making glass flex, not fracture
It must be dense and flawless, study suggests.
Glass is strong, despite being brittle. Imagine its potential if it wasn’t.That’s not totally out of the question, ac...
The puzzle of a proton’s proportions
Two new experiments only add to the confusion.
We are built of protons – there are around 10 octillion (1028) of them in the centre of the atoms that make up our bo...
That’s unsinkable behaviour
Lasers, spiders, ants and air combine in interesting ways.
US scientists have created a metallic structure they say is so water repellent it refuses to sink – even if damaged. ...
The science behind Jackson Pollock’s art
Research finds he was a master of fluid dynamics.
By Natalie ParlettaWhatever you think of Jackson Pollock’s abstract art, it seems there’s a bit of science to it. In ...
Analogue approach to quantum problems
Quantum chemists may soon be using simulators to reach results.
Although the field of quantum chemistry has been around since the 1960s, in practice it is often hampered by availabl...
Exciting Quantum computing milestone
But quantum computers are still a dream.
A quantum computer may have solved a problem in minutes that would take the fastest conventional supercomputer more t...
Very black is the new black
Engineers get dark with carbon nanotubes.
Engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US, say they have created a material that is 10 times black...
Seductive light from the dark side
The promise of power at night flickers for a quarter of the developing world’s population. Ian Co...
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Stanford University in the US have generated lig...
So was it the chicken or the egg?
Physicists find time, but not as we know it.
Physicists have finally answered the question of which came first, the chicken or the egg? Using two of the most pow...