Physics

  • Dark matter exists in the inner parts of our galaxy

    Evidence has been compelling, but hard to pin down.

    A study published in Nature Physics has found for the first time direct observational proof of dark matter at the hea...

    Physics February 10, 2015
  • 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

    Ancient art provides solutions for folding telescopes and airbags.

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

    Physics December 22, 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

    It 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.

    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

    Born in the same year as Galileo, he witnessed a cosmic revolution.

    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

    His fame is enormous, but how will his legacy stand up?

    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

    Michio Kaku is a superhero of the incomprehensible.

    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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