Physics Buzz

Physics Central at Comic-Con 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Once again, the Physics Central team will be attending this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego from July 23rd through July 27th.We'll be handing out tons of free laser and Tesla comic books along with extra goodies for Comic-Con attendees.The Ph... more

What Rolling Over in Your Sleep Can Say about Your Health
Friday, July 18, 2014
Whether awake or asleep, people can only lie still for so long. Staying in one position for too long can lead to bed sores as well as circulation and breathing problems. Sleeping without moving enough can also be an indication that something is medically... more

Podcast: Voices of the Manhattan Project
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Sixty-nine years ago today, a huge fireball rose slowly above the New Mexican desert. The Trinity test signified that for the first time, physicists working on the Manhattan Project had successfully split the atom and built the first nuclear bomb.Photo b... more

Bubbles Help Your Pancakes Gel
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
My family was big on Sunday morning breakfasts growing up, and pancakes made a frequent appearance. When I was old enough to learn how to make them, my father shared one common piece of advice: wait to flip the pancakes until bubbles start to burst on th... more

The Most Highly-Cited Universities and Countries
Monday, July 14, 2014
Publish or perish.That's the mantra many young researchers live by as they compete to establish their early scientific career. But not all publications are treated equally in the world of academia.Some journals are considered more prestigious than others... more

Impact Craters May Have Cradled Life On Early Earth
Friday, July 11, 2014
Artist's impression of a major impact event.Fredrik via Wikimedia commonsRights information: http://bit.ly/1jbtszLAsteroid and comet impacts could have created refuges for early life on Earth, protecting the first microorganisms from the sun’s harsh ray... more

Podcast:Yoctonewtons: The Smallest Recorded Force
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
This week on the Physics Central Podcast, I talk with physicist Dan Stamper-Kurn about making the smallest measurement of a force ever recorded.  He and his group (including lead author Sydney Schreppler) applied a force to a cloud of 1200 atom... more