physics

Think You Know Basic Physics? This Balloon Will Prove You Wrong

When you have a balloon floating in a car and start driving, instead of getting thrown back, it actually flies forward. What? Are balloons immune to inertia? Is physics broken? Nope. As SmarterEveryDay explains, it actually makes perfect sense, as science always does.


How You Can Make Graphene At Home In Your Blender

Graphene may be the supermaterial to rule them all — but it turns out you can make it at home. In your kitchen blender. Here’s how.


What Would Happen If The Earth Spinned So Fast A Day Lasted One Second?

The Earth takes a little under 24 hours to rotates on its axis. But what if that leisurely paced pick up — and up and up and up?


What Will Happen When The Earth's Magnetic Field Switches

The Earth’s magnetic field protects life on Earth, shielding it from damaging radiation and moderating our climate. So the idea that it could completely flip around, or collapse altogether, should cause us to worry, right? Well, yes and no.


The Science Behind Making The Fastest Possible Pinewood Derby Car

You wouldn’t think that a four-wheeled car would go faster if one of its wheels didn’t touch the ground. Or if its axles were bent. Or if it was designed to grind against a wall. You would be wrong, and here’s the science to prove it.


Can You Create A Perfectly Silent Space?

Imagine a place with no noise whatsoever: no sound, no light, no radio — hell, no Wi-Fi. How on Earth would you go about creating it?


Amazing Tumblr Reminds Us That Particle Physics Is A Lonely Pursuit

CERN is home to some of the brightest minds in science and the origin of some of physics’ biggest findings — but this Tumblr serves as a reminder that particle physics is a very lonely pursuit indeed.


Large Hadron Collider Finds New Particle Unlike Any Other Form Of Matter

Not content with perhaps the biggest scientific discovery of the decade, scientists at the Large Hadron Collide continue to search for new particles — and now they have found one that seems to be an entirely new form of matter.


The Best Dark Matter Signals Scientists Have Ever Recorded

It may look more like a young child’s art assignment than anything else, but this is in fact the best dark matter signal that scientists have ever recorded. Speaking to New Scientist, Dan Hooper from the Fermi National Laboratory gushed that “this is the most compelling signal we’ve had for dark matter particles — ever.”


The Science Of The Slapshot: Stanley Cup Slo-Mo Physics

The slapshot is the fastest shot in hockey. One satisfying thwack and the puck goes flying at incredible speeds. Except it’s not really one thwack, it’s two, and our buddy Destin at Smarter Every Day has both the science know-how and the super high-speed slow-motion cameras to show you exactly how it works.