Physics in Pictures

The interplay of surface tension and evaporation leads to some spectacular fluid dynamics!

Bursting a Different Kind of Bubble

The interplay of surface tension and evaporation leads to some spectacular fluid dynamics!


Charged particles, imaged with a bubble chamber, spiral and curl in a magnetic field.

Bubble Tracks: A Window on the Subatomic

How do we photograph something too small to be seen with the naked eye?


Belousov-Zhabotinsky (or BZ) patterns arise when molecules repeatedly gain and lose electrons in waves.

Color Charge: BZ Patterns

Belousov-Zhabotinsky (or BZ) patterns arise when molecules repeatedly gain and lose electrons in waves.


Stars are powered by nuclear fusion, but the early universe may have played host to quasi-stars, astronomical behemoths with black holes at the center.

Black Hole Sun: Quasi-Stars

Stars are powered by nuclear fusion, but the early universe may have played host to quasi-stars, astronomical behemoths with black holes at the center.


Developing and testing the most destructive weapons in history was a process fraught with danger—and discovery.

Nuclear Mysteries: the Rope Trick Effect

Developing and testing the most destructive weapons in history was a process fraught with danger—and discovery.