Physics Buzz

Scientists and Activists Call for the Release of Imprisoned Iranian Physicist
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Thirty-one physics Nobel laureates called for the release of an Iranian scientist jailed for refusing to work on his country's weapons program.Elise Auerbach of Amnesty International shows off copies of the petition signed by 31 Nobel laureates.For nearl... more

A Leafy Curse: The Physics of Leaves on the Track
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Photo by author  It's that time of year again. The colors of the trees are beautiful and vivid oranges, reds, and purples.But autumn leaves are a nightmare for train operators, affecting anywhere with heavy deciduous tree growth — places like New En... more

Early Universe's Room Temperature Could Have Supported Life
Monday, October 27, 2014
Originally published: Oct 20 2014 - 4:15pm, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Ker Than, Contributor(Inside Science) -- Life in the universe could be much older than previously thought, forming as early as fifteen million years after the Big Bang, according ... more

Quantum Mechanics from a Classical Multiverse
Friday, October 24, 2014
Quantum mechanics can be hard to grasp, even for the physicists who use it every day. As a result, people have argued from the very birth of the field about what's really going on in quantum mechanical systems. To some extent, it doesn't really matter ho... more

How Fidel Castro Helped Bring Us the Hubble Space Telescope
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Fifty two years ago this week, the world was gripped by the unfolding drama of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Most of the world remembers it as a showdown between President John F. Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to remove newly installed nuclear... more

Podcast: The Infinite Universe
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Is the universe infinite? Or is it confined to a finite amount of space? Is it shaped like a donut, or does it stretch on forever as an infinite plane? A lot of people wonder about these questions, and a few people are actually trying to answer them. Lik... more

10 Nerdy Science Costumes for Halloween
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Halloween is only 10 days away and maybe you need a cool (and easy) costume. Because you're reading this, I'm guessing you have more than a casual interest in science. To celebrate this awesome love, here are 10 very nerdy science costumes.Credit: 3268za... more