Physics Buzz

"Couture in Orbit": High-tech & High Fashion Take the Runway
Friday, May 27, 2016
If you weren’t at the Science Museum in London on Wednesday night, here’s some of what you missed…Image Credit: Science Museum/Barry MacDonaldImage Credit: Science Museum/Barry MacDonaldImage Credit: Science Museum/Barry MacDonaldCouture in Orb... more

New Study Shows Rich Physics in Models of Hypothetical Boson Stars
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Studying something you’re not sure exists may seem strange to a non-scientist. But when you’re dealing with things so large or so small or so weird that no one even knows what to look for, theoretical predictions can be more than informative, they can be... more

Nanostructures Yield New Form of Hologram
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
By relying on scientific advances that recently helped develop invisibility cloaks, scientists have created a new kind of hologram that they suggest could be used in virtual reality and augmented reality headsets, and prevent counterfeiting of cash and c... more

A New Way to Stop & Store X-rays
Monday, May 16, 2016
X-rays reveal broken bones and objects hidden in airport luggage. They detect abnormalities in breast tissue, examine blood vessels while arteries are being repaired, and kill cancer cells. X-rays illuminate structures in crystals and stars. Although x-r... more

Fractal "Superlens" Defeats Diffraction Limit
Thursday, May 12, 2016
New advances in the design of metamaterials—specially engineered substances which have properties not found in nature—may have just overcome one of the major challenges in designing compact optical devices. The breakthrough, reported in Physical Review B... more

Kepler Confirms Nearly 1300 New Planets
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Yesterday, scientists from NASA’s Kepler team added a whopping 1,284 planets to the official list of planets we’ve found outside of our solar system. Credit for the large number of new exoplanets being added at the same time goes to a new, automated tech... more

Ask a Physicist: Nuke the Sun?
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Sharon from Pittsburgh, PA wants to know:Would it be a bad thing to shoot our nuclear waste into the sun?It's a fun idea, and at first blush you might think it'd be a great way to get rid of something toxic—after all, what's more "gone" than something in... more