• Explainer

    What is energy?

    Energy is one of the most basic concepts in physics, but also one of the hardest to define.

    Any physics textbook will tell you energy is the capacity to do work. Then it usually goes on to explain that “work” ...

    Physics October 8, 2021
  • Diabolical design is a puzzle

    Scientists discover secret of a near-indestructible beetle.

    It’s not uncommon for scientists to take cues from nature when it comes to self-protection. In recent months, Cosmos ...

    Animals October 22, 2020
  • Sci-fi tractor beams one step closer

    Bringing Star Trek trope just a bit nearer.

    A key science fiction device - a tractor beam powerful enough to lift a human - is now a step closer to reality, foll...

    Physics January 22, 2018
  • Eeewww! Man sneezes, rips his own throat open

    Fear of letting loose can result in severe injury, doctors warn.

    We’ve all done it – tried really, really hard to suppress the explosive reflex that epitomises a sneeze. It’s a perfe...

    Body and Mind January 15, 2018
  • Conversation

    The science of Spider-Man

    Spider-Man: Homecoming spins a web of fact and fantasy.

    “Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can” Spider-Man: Homecoming is the second modern reboot of the Spider...

    Physics July 6, 2017
  • Coconut crab pinches with force of a tiger bite

    Strongest clamping force of all crustaceans.

    A new study confirms the coconut crab's pinch rivals the bite of land predators. Credit: Tobias Bernhard Raff / Getty...

    Biology November 23, 2016
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