Physics Buzz

Building An Earthquake Resistant Home
Friday, February 27, 2015
Earthquakes are unexpected, terrifying and can hit at any time, causing major destruction and even death.More than 1.3 million earthquakes of varying magnitudes rattle our world each year destroying homes and changing the landscape of cities around th... more

The First Colorblind, Ultrathin Lens Is Developed
Thursday, February 26, 2015
A new kind of flat, ultrathin lens has been created by Harvard physicists that can focus multiple colors of light in the same spot.Traditional lenses and other optical devices focus different colors in different places, requiring multiple lenses to creat... more

Podcast: The Physics Behind the Silver Screen
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Have you ever sat in a movie theater and wondered how the projector gets an image onto the screen? It turns out there's a lot of physics that goes into it, whether you're using a traditional film projector, digital, or the latest laser technology. On to... more

Hunting Language Sounds Through History
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
All languages evolve over time, but finding how and when certain changes happen is a daunting task for linguists faced with an overwhelming amount of data. Now researchers from the U.S. and the U.K. have used a statistical technique popular in physics to... more

A More Finely Tuned Universe
Monday, February 23, 2015
Could life as we know it have developed if fundamental physics constants were different?Originally published: Feb 20 2015 - 12:15pm, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Gabriel Popkin, Contributor(Inside Science) -- For all the progress physicists have made i... more

Zealots Help Sway Popular Opinions
Friday, February 20, 2015
Enthusiasts can greatly influence the adoption of new ideas. Image credit: Gabriel Saldana via Flickr | Rights information: Opinions rarely form in a vacuum. People are heavily inf... more

Controlling Water Drops on the Space Station with Legos and Electricity
Thursday, February 19, 2015
What do you do when you've got free time on the International Space Station and a bunch of legos? Build a Van de Graaff generator out of lego bricks, a rubber band, and a drill of course! In 2012 astronaut Don Pettit did exactly this when he was on ... more