Physics Buzz

For Real-Life Transformers, Mix Paper, Batteries and Origami
Monday, August 18, 2014
Originally published: Aug 7 2014 - 2:00pm, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Charles Q. Choi, Contributor(Inside Science) -- Disappointed that your Transformers action figures can't transform themselves? Researchers have created real-life transformer robots... more

How Quantum Mechanics Helps Us Breathe
Friday, August 15, 2014
New insights explain how respiration does not result in asphyxiation. Image credit: Antonio Guillem via shutterstockRights information: don't we suffocate whenever we try to take a breath? An international team of scientists h... more

Podcast: Hypervelocity Stars
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Looking to hitch a ride out of the galaxy? You might want to buy a ticket on a hypervelocity star. These speedy sprites travel between one and two million miles per hour—fast enough to escape the gravitational pull of the entire galaxy. All stars in the ... more

Better Than Trek Technology
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
With the genre of science fiction, it can be fun to make comparisons between an imagined future and the current reality. A huge franchise in science fiction that seems rife for comparisons with modern technology is Star Trek. There have been va... more

Best GRE Scores by Major — 2014 Edition
Monday, August 11, 2014
It's back to school season, and for many aspiring graduate students, it's standardized testing season. Future lawyers have the LSAT; doctors have the MCAT; but many graduate programs require a more general test: the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).Edu... more

Cell Phones are as Carcinogenic as Hammers . . . (*Updated August 13)
Friday, August 08, 2014
(See the updated section "Brain Cancer Trends" at the end of this article) . . . which is to say, they are not carcinogenic at all. The analogy between the cancer risk that results from hammers and cell phones is better than you might imagine.I only brin... more

Podcast: The 2014 Flame Challenge Winner
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Alan Alda started the Flame Challenge in 2012 to get scientists and science enthusiasts to explain complex topics to 11-year-olds. "What is a Flame?" was the first question, followed the next year by "What is Time?" The winner of this yea... more