physics

The Physics Of Why You Get Confused When You Reverse A Car

Driving forwards is easy. Reversing is… weirdly much trickier. This video from Minute Physics explains why you shouldn’t feel dumb about it — because it’s all down to physics working against you.


Could Cinderella's Glass Slippers Physically Exist Without Shattering?

It is delightful to have my masters degree in Mechanical Engineering put to use in resolving age old engineering problems.


Can Santa Claus Exist According To The Laws Of Physics?

I love this cool visualisation of Santa Claus’ Christmas Eve trip as seen from space but, with the current laws of physics, we know he wouldn’t be able do it. Or would he? Can Santa be real and deliver on his promises? The question is tricky, as this scientific debate shows. Let the classic scientific fight begin once again.


Tons Of Albert Einstein Documents Are Now Online For Free

On Friday Digital Einstein went live, bringing with it a treasure trove of Einstein letters, correspondences, postcards, and notes detailing the life of one of the world’s greatest thinkers. As The New York Times reports, these are The Dead Sea Scrolls of physics and you can read them today for free.


Could You Launch Someone Into The Sun With A Big Enough Cannon?

In the spirit of making problems go away, sometimes you want to just launch a particular person/problem into the sun. So — could you? And just how big would the canon need to be?


5 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical realism has been struggling with the facts of physics for some time now. The paradoxes that baffled physics last century still baffle it today, and its great hopes of string theory and supersymmetry aren’t leading anywhere.


Physicists Invented A Horrible New Pasta Shape, For Science

Physicists at the University of Warwick created a new hard-to-eat pasta shape they call anelloni to demonstrate the complicated formations ring-shaped polymers can form when they intertwine.


A New Super-Thin Coating Could Cool Buildings Without AC

When it’s hot out, buildings have a hard time staying cool: bombarded with ambient heat and generating yet more inside, their air conditioning systems have to work hard to keep temperatures down. Now, a new super-thin coating developed at Stanford could be applied to buildings to help them cool themselves more effectively.


5 More Crowdfunded Projects That Defy All Logic And Reason

Online panhandling is out of control. With Kickstarter and Indiegogo’s tendencies to wash their hands of the garbage on their sites, scams and impossible projects are in a golden age. While fantastically impossible bullshit abounds, these are but a few of the most egregious.


How You Can Get Temperatures Below Absolute Zero

It used to be that scientists all agreed that it was impossible to achieve temperatures below absolute zero, but now they realise that’s not entirely true. This video explains how you can reach temperatures below absolute zero.