physics

How To Win Your Physics Class Egg Drop Competition

The problem is simple enough. You’ve got a raw egg, and it’s going to be dropped from a high place. You have to build a contraption so that it doesn’t break when it hits. Easy? Maybe. But how do you make it as light as possible? Or as small as possible?


This Is The First Single-Molecule Diode That Could Actually Be Useful

The diode is a very simple-sounding little electronic device: it allows current to flow easily in one direction, but not the other. But while the quest to miniaturise them to the molecular scale has worked in the past, only now is it a truly practical proposition.


You'll Feel Way Smarter After Watching These YouTube Physics Lessons

If you like the Explain Like I’m Five subreddit, which demystifies life’s mysteries in layman speak (like this one about why kids eat boogers), then you should bookmark MinutePhysics. It’s a popular YouTube channel that breaks down one of the more confounding branches of science by drawing cartoons with a Crayola marker.


The Sun's Light Is Way Older Than You Think

You probably know that it takes about eight minutes for light travel from the surface of the sun to our humble planet. But sunlight is far older than that — in fact, it’s thousands of years old.


This Magnetic Shield Will Push The Boundaries Of Particle Physics

This chamber might not look empty — but in fact it’s missing something that usually permeates every space on Earth: magnetic fields. And it will help physicists in the quest for a unifying Theory of Everything.


The Large Hadron Collider Just Detected Extremely Rare Particle Decays

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have just announced the detection of a rare particle decay “harder to find than the famous Higgs particle”. The strange B meson is certainly a lot less famous than the Higgs boson, but it also has an important role to play in the Standard Model of particle physics.


A Plane Took A Wrong Turn And Ended Up In A Cloud Of Antimatter

Where the hell did the antimatter come from? That’s what atmospheric scientist Joseph Dwyer has been trying to figure out for the past six years, after his research plane accidentally flew through a thunderstorm into a cloud of antimatter in 2009.


Science Just Developed A Portable Cloaking Device 

If you’re a non-magical being, you might think your chances of becoming invisible are slim to nil. But don’t jump to conclusions just yet: Researchers are now claiming to have developed a portable system that can make small objects, like your keys or pet lizard, disappear from sight.


New Images Reveal The Dark Inner Workings Of Sunspots

A series of new images captured by researchers provide the first-ever detailed view of the dark central patches of sunspots — revealing with more detail than ever how they work.


Bats Fly By Touch Using Sophisticated Sensors In Their Wings

As if bats weren’t badass enough, we now know that their wings are loaded with ultra-sensitive sensors that help the bats manoeuvre like airborne ninjas. This could lead to aircraft design that might reduce turbulence, improve flight control, and generally be a lot less clumsy.