Physics Buzz

Can We Eavesdrop On E.T.?
Friday, November 21, 2014
Simulation assesses odds of intercepting interstellar communications. Image credit: Yellowstone National Park via flickr | http://bit.ly/1uREyxx Rights : http://bit.ly/NL51dk It may the biggest and oldest question in science... more

Gecko-Style Climbing Becomes a Reality
Thursday, November 20, 2014
"... it doesn't feel like you should be gripping glass. You keep expecting to slip off, and when you don't, it surprises you. It's pretty exhilarating." — Elliot HawkesHumans have a long (and fascinating) history of climbing, and the history of climbing-... more

Podcast: Listening for Black Holes and Neutron Stars
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Gravitational waves: what are they, and what can they tell us about our universe? From pulsar timing arrays to ground-based interferometry, there are currently many strategies and instruments in the works to capture gravitational waves over a range ... more

The Bartender and the Barista: How Physics Makes Beer Easier to Carry than Coffee
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Anyone who has ever carried a tray full of pint glasses without getting their feet wet knows that such a feat is hard work, but perhaps our sympathies should go out to the baristas in coffee shops instead. New research has concluded that carrying co... more

Ancient Meteorite Reveals New Evidence On The Solar System's Beginnings
Monday, November 17, 2014
Originally published: Nov 13 2014 - 2:00pm, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Charles Q. Choi, Contributor(Inside Science) -- An ancient meteorite has now yielded the first physical evidence that intense magnetic fields played a major role in the birth of o... more

Slip-Sliding Away
Friday, November 14, 2014
Two Massachusetts teams develop slick coatings to keep ketchup, other items from sticking to surfaces. Image by Quinn Dombrowski | http://bit.ly/10QLP4L Rights : http://bit.ly/1dWcOPS Research teams at Harvard University and ... more

What does a journey through a wormhole actually look like?
Thursday, November 13, 2014
A simulated wormhole. Credit: Corvin Zahn licensed under cc-by-sa/2.0/de/Let's talk about wormholes. I won't be spoiling anything to say that the plot of Christopher Nolan's latest film, Interstellar, hinges on the existence of a large wormhole allo... more