Physics

  • Why can’t anything travel faster than light?

    How we began trying to measure the speed of light.

    We all know the number one traffic rule of the universe – nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. And that...

    Physics January 5, 2015
  • Origami and the laws of physics

    A physicist’s take on an ancient art has provided new solutions for folding telescopes and airbag...

    Robert Lang's origami Black Forest cuckoo clock of 1987. More at www.langorigami.com – Robert Lang/ www.langorigami.c...

    Physics December 22, 2014
  • Twisted beams of light sent across Vienna

    The city of Vienna has been the site of an outdoor experiment, in which twisted beams of light were transmitted over ...

    Physics November 13, 2014
  • Interstellar – where special effects meet astrophysics

    What does a black hole or a wormhole look like? These are the questions former Caltech astrophysicist Kip Thorne trie...

    Physics November 4, 2014
  • Australians set new quantum computing accuracy benchmarks

    Our old friend Andrea Morello has chalked up another milestone in his groundbreaking work on quantum computing, setti...

    Physics October 14, 2014
  • Measuring gravity: Have we finally cracked it?

    Physicists use a fountain of cold atoms to close in on Big G.

    More than 300 years after Sir Isaac Newton first grappled with calculating the strength of gravity, measurements cont...

    Physics July 14, 2014
  • Flying on sunshine – a solar jet fuel

    Industrialised photosynthesis could revolutionise the way we power aircraft and cars.

    The “solar chemical reactor” uses sunlight to split water and carbon dioxide, producing carbon monoxide and hydrogen....

    Physics May 26, 2014
  • How to make a superheavy element

    The latest addition to the periodic table is the heaviest yet. But how much further can scientist...

    The 120-metre long linear accelerator at GSI, which crashes atoms together to form new, heavier elements. – Image cou...

    Physics May 19, 2014
  • Neutron beams reveal innermost secrets

    3D imaging of everything from rocks to jet engines.

    Aircraft engineers and palaeontologists might not seem to have much in common but both sets of scientists are set to ...

    Physics November 10, 2013
  • Shakespeare and the stars

    The bard was born in the same year as Galileo and witnessed a cosmic revolution. Some say it is t...

    Missions to Mars; reading our genomes; Google: welcome to the modern age, where science repeatedly revolutionises our...

    Physics September 2, 2013
  • A brief history of Stephen Hawking

    Stephen Hawking’s fame is enormous, but how will his legacy stand up? Robin McKie looks at the ma...

    Stephen Hawking’s office on the ground floor of a modern academic block in Cambridge is a surprisingly plush affair, ...

    Physics August 1, 2007
  • Michio Kaku: a fish out of water

    He stretches his mind to 11 dimensions, understands what Einstein failed to grasp, and he plans f...

    IT WAS EINSTEIN'S UNFINISHED BUSINESS. The world's best-known and most prolific physicist was driven in his latter ye...

    Physics August 1, 2005
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