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The World's Best Microphones May Soon Be Made Of Graphene

Graphene, everybody’s favourite wonder material, has yet another trick up its sleeve. The ultra-strong, highly conductive carbon lattice is extraordinarily good at detecting faint and high frequency sound waves.

Simulation Of A Leg Gushing Blood Is As Gross As You'd Expect

If you’ve watched any modern action movies, you’ve probably got a pretty good mental picture of what happens when a person haemorrhages blood. But this, my friends, is the first scientific visualisation of the splatterfest. Squeamish viewers, look away.

Physicists: Nobody's Telling The Truth About That Downed Russian Warplane

Russia and Turkey each have their own version of what happened with that downed jet earlier this week, but science may have the last word. According to two Belgian astrophysicists, neither nation is being entirely truthful.

Clever Physics Explains Why A Dropped Phone Lands Screen-Down

Believe it or not, it’s not Sod’s Law that dictates a dropped smartphone will land screen down: it’s actually the same physics that influences buttered toast in free-fall.

David Tennant Celebrates 100 Years Of General Relativity

Video: Perhaps you’ve noticed all the fuss this week over Albert Einstein and his famous general theory of relativity, which turned 100 years old. Who better to give you a glimpse into what the theory is all about than a Time Lord — the Tenth Doctor himself?

Tiny Bubbles Can Help Ultrasound See Blood Vessels In Amazing Detail

A new ultrasound technique that uses tiny micro-bubbles to help improve the contrast of its images is capable of producing highly detailed pictures of blood vessels inside living animals.

The LHC Is Now Colliding Lead At The Highest-Ever Energies

The Large Hadron Collider has been back online and pushing the limits of physics again for a few months now. But it’s about to enter a new phase, colliding lead ions at twice the energy that any collider has ever achieved in the past.

Surfers Rejoice -- Physicists Have Found The Perfect Wave

Experienced surfers are great intuitive physicists, able to spot the best waves and manipulate the various forces at play because they have spent years actively developing those skills. French scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique in Paris are quantifying what good surfers know intuitively by building their own mini surfing laboratory.

Our Planet's Magnetic Poles Aren't Reversing Any Time Soon

Over the past couple of hundred years, the strength of the Earth’s geomagnetic field has been waning, leading scientists to wonder if our planet’s polarity is on the verge of flipping. A new study suggests this won’t happen in the near future — and that the intensity of today’s field is uncharacteristically strong.

The Physicist Who Defied The Temperance Laws Of 1905 Berkeley

Ludwig Boltzmann is best known as the Austrian physicist who wrote down the statistical formula for entropy, but if the physics thing hadn’t worked out, he would have made an excellent travel writer. The travelogue he composed of his 1905 trip to Berkeley, California, is chock-full of amusing anecdotes, keen observations, and local history of dubious accuracy. It’s pure joy to read.

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