• A new world of plasma screens?

    The fourth state of matter can make cheap, smart, waste-free screen components.

    The plasma used to make the coating. Credit: Dr Behnam AkhavanAustralian researchers have used plasma to make a m...

    Australia July 19, 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...

    Core Sciences July 13, 2021
  • Add plasma to biomass to get better biogas

    Researchers try a new way to break down the tricky bits.

    Producing biogas from the bacterial breakdown of biomass seems a relatively simple idea: just let the bacteria do the...

    Energy September 23, 2020
  • History

    The genius who ended up in a Vonnegut novel

    Irving Langmuir won a Nobel and accidently boosted a hurricane.

    A great many books are written about scientists, their lives and work. But far fewer of them have been portrayed in w...

    Chemistry June 9, 2019
  • Supercomputer clues to violent magnetic events

    Modelling clarifies mystery of solar storms and aurorae.

    Researchers are a step closer to understanding the violent magnetic events that cause the storms on the sun’s surface...

    Physics October 23, 2018
  • Solar flare puzzle solution?

    New theory may explain how stars release bursts of energy.

    Giant sheets of plasma bursting into pieces may help produce high-energy magnetic reconnections that set off the enor...

    Physics December 10, 2017
  • Skeins of glowing plasma tubes on the surface of the Sun

    Scientists have cracked the mystery of the huge, glowing tubes of plasma that cover the surface o...

    Spicules are vast, fast-moving tubes of plasma that cover the surface of the Sun.IBIS / UNSOThe surface of the Sun is...

    Space June 23, 2017
  • Secrets of the comet’s tail

    A simulation traces the complex physics that makes a comet visible, writes Michael Lucy.

    Comet Catalina.NASA/JPL-CaltechComets are dull, most of the time. In the outer reaches of the solar system they are f...

    Space May 15, 2017
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