Physics Buzz

The Ghostly Glow of St. Elmo's Fire
Friday, October 31, 2014
Adapted from Wikimedia Commons"Everything is in flames, — the sky with lightning, — the water with luminous particles, and even the very masts are pointed with a blue flame."— Charles Darwin, 1832"... sometime I'ld divide,And burn in many places; on... more

Podcast: October Physics News Roundup
Friday, October 31, 2014
October was a big month for physics with Chinese rockets to the moon, new particles at CERN's Large Hadron Collider, physicists modeling the feel of cities and of course, the Nobel prizes. Catch this month's top physics stories condensed into thirteen mi... more

Scientists and Activists Call for the Release of Imprisoned Iranian Physicist
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Thirty-one physics Nobel laureates called for the release of an Iranian scientist jailed for refusing to work on his country's weapons program.Elise Auerbach of Amnesty International shows off copies of the petition signed by 31 Nobel laureates.For nearl... more

A Leafy Curse: The Physics of Leaves on the Track
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Photo by author  It's that time of year again. The colors of the trees are beautiful and vivid oranges, reds, and purples.But autumn leaves are a nightmare for train operators, affecting anywhere with heavy deciduous tree growth — places like New En... more

Early Universe's Room Temperature Could Have Supported Life
Monday, October 27, 2014
Originally published: Oct 20 2014 - 4:15pm, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Ker Than, Contributor(Inside Science) -- Life in the universe could be much older than previously thought, forming as early as fifteen million years after the Big Bang, according ... more

Quantum Mechanics from a Classical Multiverse
Friday, October 24, 2014
Quantum mechanics can be hard to grasp, even for the physicists who use it every day. As a result, people have argued from the very birth of the field about what's really going on in quantum mechanical systems. To some extent, it doesn't really matter ho... more

How Fidel Castro Helped Bring Us the Hubble Space Telescope
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Fifty two years ago this week, the world was gripped by the unfolding drama of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Most of the world remembers it as a showdown between President John F. Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to remove newly installed nuclear... more