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Allotropy: Why Winter Spells Trouble for the Tin Man
Friday, July 31, 2015
Tin is a commonplace metal that’s used industrially in a thousand different ways. From the solder that holds your computer’s motherboard together to the PVC plumbing under your sink, tin compounds are everywhere. In spite of its versatility, tin possesse... more

How Insects' Legs Can Improve Man-Made Materials
Thursday, July 30, 2015
In an effort to improve materials used in aviation and medicine, a team of Irish researchers is studying the legs of certain insects. Some features that appear to contribute to the legs' sturdiness don’t actually do so, they found, while others that woul... more

Paranormal (AC)tivity
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Engineering designer Vic Tandy had just seen a ghost.  That, or he was losing his mind, he thought.Image Credit: Mark Strozler, Creative Commons by-nc-ndIt happened the way these things often do; he was alone in the laboratory, after dark. It was a ... more

Party of Five! Physicists Discover Long-Sought ‘Pentaquark’ In Stroke of Luck
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
One week ago, an international team of scientists announced that they had discovered the pentaquark, an exotic, short-lived chunk of matter that had long eluded researchers. Its serendipitous discovery fills in one of the remaining gaps in the Standard M... more

The Aftermath of 'Con
Friday, July 24, 2015
Greetings, science fans!I know you missed us during our recent hiatus, but we’re back to bring you the latest and most exciting stories from the world of physics! If you read our last post, you might have guessed that the Physics Central team has been do... more

Clearing the Air: Why You Get Gassy on the Plane
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Surprisingly, it's not just the food.If you've ever gotten unusually bloated on an airplane, you might have chalked it up to the stress of traveling, carbonated drinks, or the fact that you wouldn't really think twice about passing gas if not for the per... more

Of Mice And Magnets
Friday, June 26, 2015
Image credit:mouse: Baggie Bird 1, compass: wikimedia commons, illustration by Michael Greshko Quantum mechanics governs the quirky, counter-intuitive way the world works at the small scale... more