Physics Buzz

"Water Tractor Beam" Makes a Splash
Thursday, August 28, 2014
A new paper from researchers at the Australian National University is making waves in physics this month; the group claims to have developed a “tractor beam” of sorts. However, as is usual for claims of science-fiction technology made real, there’s a cat... more

Podcast: August News Round-Up
Thursday, August 28, 2014
This week on the Physics Central Podcast, we have our monthly news round-up. It's a mostly space-themed show this month. First up, the biggest astronomy news of the summer: after 10 years of travel, the Rosetta spacecraft has finally reach... more

Woodpecker Bodies Cushion Collision Impact On Bird Brains
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Originally published: Aug 25 2014 - 10:30am, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Katharine Gammon, Contributor(Inside Science) -- Woodpeckers are some of the most industrious birds in nature. Their intense tapping -- all an elaborate effort to procure food --... more

A Better Way to Build a Pyramid?
Monday, August 25, 2014
The Egyptian pyramids are some amazing works of engineering. The biggest, the Great Pyramid at Giza, held the record for nearly 3,800 years as the tallest man-made structure in the world. What's astounding is that each limestone and granite block weighin... more

Subatomic Physics in Your Medicine Cabinet
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Aspirin’s Form I has a structure that is more robust all-around, whereas Form II is strongest along one axis and weaker on others, making the second version less stable.Scientists in Berlin have just cracked the case on a recently-raised question about o... more

Podcast: How a Telephone Company Revolutionized Science Outreach
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Before Neil deGrasse Tyson; before Bill Nye; before Beakman and Mr. Wizard; before Carl Sagan—there was Dr. Research.On the set of Our Mr. Sun (from left), Academy-Award winning director Frank Capra, leading Frank C. Baxter ("Dr. Research") and Eddie Alb... more

For Real-Life Transformers, Mix Paper, Batteries and Origami
Monday, August 18, 2014
Originally published: Aug 7 2014 - 2:00pm, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Charles Q. Choi, Contributor(Inside Science) -- Disappointed that your Transformers action figures can't transform themselves? Researchers have created real-life transformer robots... more