• Video

    Lifting things with sound waves

    Watch a polystyrene ball get levitated by sound waves alone.

    Watch a hemisphere of ultrasound transducers that create sound waves, lifting a polystyrene ball off a reflective sur...

    Physics July 26, 2021
  • Video

    The polymer brush solution

    Molecule-sized brushes: how on earth could they work?

    Polymer brushes are substances with a range of medical and environmental uses - environmentally friendly cleaning pro...

    Physics July 22, 2021
  • (Almost) home-made microswimmers

    Simple, self-powered microswimmers could also help with research.

    Microswimmers – micrometre-sized drops that can move through liquids – are used to study the way tiny organisms move....

    News July 16, 2021
  • Measuring the Sun’s electric field

    NASA’s solar probe is diving ever closer to our star.

    To the delight of solar physicists, the Parker Solar Probe is taking a page from the story of Icarus and flying too c...

    Physics July 14, 2021
  • Plasma’s powers of 10 (phases)

    Picture this: magnetised plasma’s shapes now classified

    Physicists Hong Qin, left, and Yichen Fu with rendering of 10 phases of plasma from their Nature Communications paper...

    Physics July 13, 2021
  • China demonstrates most powerful quantum computer

    Google trumped as physicists set a new quantum computing benchmark.

    A Chinese research team has surpassed Google, building a quantum computer that completed a calculation in just over a...

    Physics July 6, 2021
  • Deep Space Atomic Clock is truly next-gen

    NASA’s orbiting clock set to help probes navigate in deep space.

    The future of space navigation is almost here – NASA scientists have reported that its Deep Space Atomic Clock is up ...

    Space Exploration July 1, 2021
  • Black hole gulps down neutron star

    Gravitational-wave astronomers finally spot a black hole consuming a neutron star.

    For the first time, scientists have detected gravitational waves from a black hole swallowing a neutron star – and no...

    Astrophysics June 29, 2021
  • New type of supernova spotted

    Theory becomes reality as astronomers observe an electron capture supernova, more than 40 years a...

    An international team of astronomers has uncovered the first convincing evidence for a new type of stellar explosion:...

    Astrophysics June 29, 2021
  • Mary Sherman Morgan – Rocket Girl

    The fuel that launched America’s first artificial satellite was formulated by a woman – “the best...

    In 2008, American playwright George Morgan wrote a play titled Rocket Girl, which he followed up in 2013 with a book ...

    Physics June 20, 2021
  • Conversation

    Approaching zero

    Super-chilled mirrors edge towards the borders of gravity and quantum physics.

    By David Ernest McClelland, Robert Ward and Terry McRae The LIGO gravitational wave observatory in the United Stat...

    Physics June 19, 2021
  • Monitoring earthquakes with transoceanic cables?

    New technique could provide early warning of tsunamis and earthquakes from the ocean depths.

    What if we could monitor what goes on at the inaccessible depths of the oceans – using infrastructure that’s already ...

    Physics June 14, 2021
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