Physics Buzz

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

When Science and Entertainment Work Together
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
“We’re here to inspire filmmakers,” says Rick Loverd, Program Manager of the Science and Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences. “We’re here to provide mainstream media content creators with great science.” Launched in 2... more

Wrinkle In Time Divides Quantum World From Everyday Reality
Friday, June 19, 2015
Image credit: Alan Cleaver via flickr | Rights information: The world becomes a fuzzy, surreal place at its smallest levels, according to quantum physics. It has long been a myste... more