Physics Buzz

New Technology Could Better Detect Dangerous Materials At US Ports
Friday, April 24, 2015
Image credit: Tristan Taussac via flickr | information: is the stuff of scientists' nightmares and science fiction writers' plot points: a nuclear weapon is slipped into the U.S. on a cargo ship and det... more

Hubble Turns 25: Our Top 5 Images and an Anniversary Reveal
Thursday, April 23, 2015
The Hubble Space Telescope turns 25 tomorrow and like many other science organizations, we've compiled a list of some of our favorite Hubble images over the years. Stay tuned to the bottom where we will reveal the official 25th anniversary image, unveile... more

Podcast: Wine Physics
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Richard Feynman once commented that “if you look at a glass of wine closely enough, you will see the entire universe.” On today’s podcast, we take a little wine tour of our own, to explore some of the physics behind the reds, whites, and rosés. First, w... more

Plankton Become Stealthy When They Swim Breaststroke
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Plankton and other tiny swimmers need to move around in order to find food and reproduce, but if they splash too much, they could easily become food themselves. According to new research by scientists in Denmark, this dilemma is solved by adopting the br... more

The Science Of Beer Brewing
Monday, April 20, 2015
Originally published: Apr 16 2015 - 8:45am, Inside Science TVBy: Karin Heineman, Executive Producer(Inside Science TV) – Beer! Most Americans choose it over all other alcoholic beverages.It's also one of the world's oldest beverages. In fact the first ... more

Found Physics - Scratch Holograms
Friday, April 17, 2015
I'm always intrigued when I stumble across a cool physics phenomenon that most people would tend to pass by without a second thought. One of my favorite overlooked physics effects is scratch holograms. They can turn up just about anywhere you have a poli... more

Survival Of The Shiniest: Iridescence And Defense In Nature
Thursday, April 16, 2015
The color-shifting displays prevalent in nature could puzzle potential predators. Originally published: Apr 14 2015 - 7:15pm, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Ker Than, Contributor(Inside Science) — The rainbow-hued shimmer of fish scales, bird feathers, a... more