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Thermodynamics & Heat
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.
Plasma arcs from the surface of the sun, guided back down by powerful magnetic field lines.
Cobalt-60 a medical radiation source, was recently stolen in Mexico
Why do certain liquids transition into glass? There's no easy answer.
See the Curiosity rover's parachute flapping in the wind on Mars
A colorful mosaic of nano-scale grains on a super thin film
A Twitter analysis reveals New York's ethnic neighborhoods
Simulation of ocean currents reveals cyclone dynamics
Ultrasound energizes gas bubbles, causing intense pressure and heat
Inside the National Ignition Center — home to extremely energetic lasers
Before landing on Mars' surface, the Curiosity Rover images its parachute's crash site.
The sky is falling! No, those are just snowflakes falling from the clouds. In this Physics in Pictures explore what conditions make snowflakes and what all snowflakes have in common.
Astrophysicists are able to "explode a star" in a virtual computational laboratory by applying physics to calculate the mechanism and progression of the explosion.
Electrons don't normally know one direction from another, so researchers were perplexed a few years ago when they found a cold plane of electrons suddenly choosing to conduct many times better in one direction than in the perpendicular one.
From bonfires to match sticks, flames usually have simple, predictable shapes.
Physicists have cooled single atoms and molecules with two or three atoms to just a few thousandths of a degree above absolute zero, but it has proved hard to push larger molecules below about 10 degrees Kelvin.