Physics in Pictures by Topic
The swallow tanager gets its brilliant blue and turquoise hues by harnessing the wavelike properties of light.
The interior of a neutron star plays host to strange phases of matter unlike anything seen here on Earth.
Finding the best way to pack objects into a container of a certain shape is harder than you might think.
The non-Newtonian properties of liquid soap and shampoo fluid let them "bounce" as a stream. Try it at home!
A unique blend of nanoscale structures might let us create frost-proof surfaces
Belousov-Zhabotinsky (or BZ) patterns arise when molecules repeatedly gain and lose electrons in waves.
Learn about plastics and polymers with the newest page from our upcoming all-ages coloring book!
Check out the winners of the Materials Research Society's 2016 "Science as Art" competition!
There's something amiss about this prismatic rainbow—can you spot it?
Electron beam-induced etching (EBIE) conquers nature's hardest surface with ease.
Clouds form enormous eddies over the Juan Fernandez islands.
A layer of meltwater keeps ice moving through fluid with minimal turbulence.
Low-pressure helium gas glows an eerie, soft pink.
Microscopic patterns form with surprising regularity as colloids dry.
Epithelial cells grown in the shape of the United States
Veins in leaves and animals may branch this way for optimal transport
A twist on electron beams may make them shoot more accurately
A close-up of a promising material you may find in future electronics
We handed out tons of physics gear at this year's Comic-Con
Solids can flow like fluids, given the right circumstances
Why do certain liquids transition into glass? There's no easy answer.
A colorful mosaic of nano-scale grains on a super thin film
Nitride alloys expand the applications of energy-saving LEDs.
Altering graphene's electronic properties with Nitrogen tracers.
High temperature superconductor spills secrets: a new phase of matter.
Nanotubes mimic the Devil’s Postpile National Monument in eastern California.
Scanning electron micrograph of iron-titanium nanowires
A soap bubble trapped in a colorful configuration.
These images captured the moment streams of liquid collide, bending the streams and forming beautiful images.
This photo illustrates the insulating properties of aerogel. The crayons on top of the aerogel are not melting, protected from the flame by a layer of aerogel.
Nanoparticles are being used as biological markers
This psychedelic image is a graphical summary of a theory describing striped superconductors.
These antennas could be used in devices that use light in place of the electrical signals.
Physicists have made what they believe to be the first true single molecule transistor.
Crystal-like carbon nanotubes could serve as wiring for future computers.
Physicists have removed the inner electrons from neon with a high energy X-ray laser, leaving behind a hollow atom shell.
This quilt won't just keep you warm; it can teach you about the four electronic states central to understanding the properties of graphene.
Next time you put syrup on your pancakes remember that there is physics behind how the syrup flows.