Physics Buzz

Apollo Astronauts Help Prepare for Future Space Travel, Even in Death
Friday, July 29, 2016
The impact of the Apollo space program runs deep. Aside from the vast technological and scientific advancements it brought to life, footsteps on the moon left a legacy of hope, wonder, inspiration, and unity. The Apollo astronauts took humanity on a craz... more

Accelerating Electrons by Slingshot
Thursday, July 28, 2016
You load a rock into a small pouch, pull it back until the bands are stretched tightly, and let the rock fly. A few seconds later, a window shatters into a million pieces. Slingshots-5.Image Credit: Stephanie Sicore (CC BY 2.0)Slingshots are much mo... more

Diamonds Lead to Ultra-High Pressure Situations
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Trying to find the perfect diamond has always been stressful, especially in a high-pressure environment. However, recent experimental results take the relationship between diamonds and pressure to a whole new level. An ultra-high level, in fact, that cou... more

Winding Light Takes New Paths
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Light travels in a straight line. If that ceased to be the case, reflections, shadows, and really the whole world would make a lot less sense. During the past several years, however, scientists have created beams of light that curve as they travel, calle... more

Experimental Results Hint at Fifth Fundamental Force
Friday, July 22, 2016
Last week, we reported on a new theory by Dr. Jonathan Feng and collaborators, slated to appear in Physical Review Letters, which postulated a fifth fundamental force of nature. Exciting as this work is, our piece contained some errors and gave altogethe... more

Microwave Technology Heats Up
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Microwaves provide more than just a quick meal. The transmission of information via microwaves (the type of light, not the appliance) is fundamental to technologies such as Bluetooth communication, mobile phone networks, satellite televisions, radar, and... more

Did Rembrandt "Cheat"? Optics Paper Weighs in on Art History Debate
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Works of art by masters like Rembrandt may have harnessed the power of light to create awe-inspiring, realistic paintings. This being Physics Buzz, artistic techniques are not really our specialty. However, it’s worth a look at the way that the scientifi... more