Physics Buzz

The Dark Side of Ghost Imaging
Friday, August 26, 2016
Displays of candy corn and costumes may soon be replacing sunscreen and beach towels, but this post isn’t meant to detract from what’s left of the summer. Ghost imaging is a technique for imaging something that you can’t see directly. It does seem a bit ... more

In Combat and Car Accidents, Nanoparticles Could Fight Internal Bleeding
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Injury is the number one cause of death in Americans ages 1-44. Resulting from violence and accidents, injuries claim nearly 200,000 lives per year in the United States alone. A team of researchers from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County is fig... more

Ballistic Fungi Use Surface Tension to Create Extraordinary Accelerations
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Put a droplet of water on the table. Wet your finger and then, observing closely, touch your finger to that water droplet, and watch as the water on the table joins the droplet on your fingertip. It's a mundane process, but this humble mechanism is power... more

The Forces in Spilled Coffee Awaken
Friday, August 19, 2016
Like much of the world, scientists thrive on coffee. It’s not just because of the caffeine though, it turns out that even spilled coffee fuels research.Most people are annoyed by nagging coffee stains, but to physicist Sidney Nagel they were inspiration.... more

Captured Lightning: Electrons Follow Fractals Through Insulators
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Fractals, shapes that look similar to their parts no matter how much you zoom in, are everywhere from broccoli to seashells. Now, a new study of an old physics problem has found more: Electrons inside some conductive materials may be hopping around atoms... more

Escaping a Black Hole: Strongest Evidence Yet for Hawking Radiation
Monday, August 15, 2016
The exotic cosmic objects we call black holes aren’t truly holes, and it turns out that they may not be totally black either. In an article that appears today in the journal Nature Physics, Jeff Steinhauer from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technio... more

This is Your Brain on Physics
Friday, August 12, 2016
Like the physics engine in a video game that brings to life car crashes, nosedives, touchdown passes, and other physical events, humans may have a kind of “physics engine” in the brain that helps us survive. After all, even non-physicists quickly swerve ... more