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Highlights from 25 Years of Cold Fusion Research
Friday, August 29, 2014
Back in 1989, Stanley Pons  and Martin Fleischmann stunned the world by announcing a new form of fusion that could take place at nearly room temperature. That's not particularly cold, but it's much colder than the temperatures of the sun, fusion bom... more

"Water Tractor Beam" Makes a Splash
Thursday, August 28, 2014
A new paper from researchers at the Australian National University is making waves in physics this month; the group claims to have developed a “tractor beam” of sorts. However, as is usual for claims of science-fiction technology made real, there’s a cat... more

Podcast: August News Round-Up
Thursday, August 28, 2014
This week on the Physics Central Podcast, we have our monthly news round-up. It's a mostly space-themed show this month. First up, the biggest astronomy news of the summer: after 10 years of travel, the Rosetta spacecraft has finally reach... more

Woodpecker Bodies Cushion Collision Impact On Bird Brains
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Originally published: Aug 25 2014 - 10:30am, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Katharine Gammon, Contributor(Inside Science) -- Woodpeckers are some of the most industrious birds in nature. Their intense tapping -- all an elaborate effort to procure food --... more

A Better Way to Build a Pyramid?
Monday, August 25, 2014
The Egyptian pyramids are some amazing works of engineering. The biggest, the Great Pyramid at Giza, held the record for nearly 3,800 years as the tallest man-made structure in the world. What's astounding is that each limestone and granite block weighin... more

Subatomic Physics in Your Medicine Cabinet
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Aspirin’s Form I has a structure that is more robust all-around, whereas Form II is strongest along one axis and weaker on others, making the second version less stable.Scientists in Berlin have just cracked the case on a recently-raised question about o... more

Podcast: How a Telephone Company Revolutionized Science Outreach
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Before Neil deGrasse Tyson; before Bill Nye; before Beakman and Mr. Wizard; before Carl Sagan—there was Dr. Research.On the set of Our Mr. Sun (from left), Academy-Award winning director Frank Capra, leading Frank C. Baxter ("Dr. Research") and Eddie Alb... more