Physics Buzz

Like Parent, Like Child
Friday, April 29, 2016
In honor of yesterday's Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, here is a look at some important scientific advancements made by parent-child collaborations. Just imagine the dinner conversations… *Please note that each person mentioned is an estee... more

Star-chaeology: The Next (Stellar) Generation
Thursday, April 28, 2016
“We are looking back in time by simply studying the grandfathers and all our stellar ancestors.” Dr. Anna Frebel is an Assistant Professor of Physics at MIT and the author of Searching for the Oldest Stars, and she looks for and studies stars that are al... more

Studying Dark Energy...With Light
Monday, April 25, 2016
The universe is teeming with galaxies, but gravity distorts our view of them. Astrophysicists with the ongoing Dark Energy Survey have now collected giant catalogs of the distorted shapes of 24 million distant galaxies, making it possible to probe the un... more

Questions to Consider on Earth Day
Friday, April 22, 2016
“For most of human history we have searched for our place in the cosmos. Who are we? What are we? We find that we inhabit an insignificant planet of a hum-drum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are fa... more

Scientists Observe Plasma Waves That Could Help Prevent Space Debris Collisions
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Scientists at the Institute for Plasma Research have observed a phenomenon in the lab that could help predict collisions between satellites and space debris in the Earth’s ionosphere. Bits of dead and disintegrating satellites, spacecraft, and spend rock... more

Hoverboard Redux
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The “Hoverboard”: simultaneously one of the most popular and irritating gadgets to emerge in recent memory. From the misleading name (unlike other hoverboards we've encountered, they don’t even hover!) to their tendency to go up in flames, the meteoric e... more

“Giant Leaps” Mean Changes to Superconductor Theory and New Magnetic Opportunities
Monday, April 18, 2016
Experimentally verifying a prediction can be ground-breaking and extremely important, like the recent detection of gravitational waves. But finding something that disagrees with a generally accepted prediction? That can be the science of game-changing di... more