Wrestling the Demon: the Physics of Free Will
Thursday, February 15, 2018
At the intersection of physics and philosophy, there's a question that's weighed on the minds of great thinkers for centuries: Is there truly such a thing as free will? When we make a choice, are we fundamentally any different than a calculator "choo.. more

Introducing the Newest Member of the PhysicsCentral Team
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Allow me to take a moment to introduce myself and tell you a bit about my background. I am the new APS science writing intern. Currently, I hold four bachelor's degrees and am working on a master's.  My first bachelor's was in English from Flori.. more



 
Getting humans to Mars safely means figuring out how to protect the body from the damage of cosmic rays.

Shields Up: What's Holding Up Human Travel to Mars?

Getting humans to Mars safely means figuring out how to protect the body from the damage of cosmic rays.


China's Micius satellite is pioneering the use of quantum entanglement in communications.

Micius and the Journey of Spaceborne Entangled Photons

China's Micius satellite is pioneering the use of quantum entanglement in communications.


A supergiant star's mysterious disappearing act has scientists questioning the standard theories of black hole formation.

A Black Hole Born Sans a Supernova?

A supergiant star's mysterious disappearing act has scientists questioning the standard theories of black hole formation.


 
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.


 
When GPS isn't an option, scientists turn to physics to help control and track swarms of underwater sensors.

A New Approach to Mapping the Mysteries of Ocean Life

When GPS isn't an option, scientists turned to physics to control and track swarms of underwater sensors.


Sometimes, all it takes to unlock ancient secrets is to look at the problem in a new light.

Examining Hidden Text in a New Light

Sometimes, all it takes to unlock ancient secrets is to look at the problem in a new light.


Scientists are developing greener and cheaper technologies to pave our way to a solar energy future.

Here Comes the Sun

Scientists are developing greener and cheaper ways to pave our way to a solar energy future.


 
Watch the interplay of electricity and magnetism in action, with this see-thru version of a classic physics demonstration!

Lenz's Law: Time Warp Tube

Watch the interplay of electricity and magnetism in action, with this see-thru version of a classic physics demonstration!


Learn how this mysterious

Wheels and Whirlwinds: the Coriolis Effect

Learn how this mysterious force works with a trip to the playground!


Have some summer physics fun at the pool, and learn about buoyancy & vorticity in the process!

Physics at the Pool: Bubble Rings

Have some summer physics fun at the pool, and learn about buoyancy & vorticity in the process!


 

Drag Racing Cubesats with the NASA CubeQuest Challenge
December 23, 2016
In this edition of the PhysicsCentral podcast, we hear from a few teams who are still in the running for the CubeQuest Challenge: a contest for homegrown teams to build their own small satellites - cubesats - and compete against each other by demonstrating technological feats. Five million dollars in prize money will be divided among teams who can get into orbit around the moon, maintain a stable orbit for a long time, or make it almost all the way to Mars' orbit while still communicating with Earth.

Star-chaeology: The Next Stellar Generation
April 28, 2016
Join Dr. Anna Frebel and PhysicsCentral podcast host Meg Rosenburg in a search for the oldest stars in the universe!

Of Ice Cores and Isotopes
March 31, 2016
Ice cores contain air bubbles that have been encased for close to a million years! Find out what we can learn from this ancient oxygen in this week's PhysicsCentral podcast!

The Truth About Gravitational Waves
February 22, 2016
Host Meg Rosenburg journeys to the Hanford observatory for an exclusive interview with one of the scientists behind LIGO's detection of gravitational waves!

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