Physics Buzz

Cake Icing and Climbing Ropes: the Physics of Curling Threads
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
A stream of honey on toast, a line of cake icing, and a cascading climbing rope all produce similar curlicues and coils as they fall. More than merely decorative, these curls are used to make nonwoven fabrics such as felt, yet are something to be av... more

'Picturing' Words Makes Faster Readers
Monday, March 30, 2015
Originally published: Mar 25 2015 - 10:00am, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Jyoti Madhusoodanan, Contributor(Inside Science) – "Agua" is water, "pan" is bread, "cerveza" is beer. Exams are done and bags packed for spring break, but vacationing students (... more

Space Privatization, Tourism And Morals
Friday, March 27, 2015
Image credit: Mollenborg via flickr | http://bit.ly/1xvH3cJ Rights information: http://bit.ly/NL51dk Novel technologies, innovative engineering and breathtaking discoveries could be the story of the next 100 years of space e... more

Physics Life Hack Number 2 - Makeshift Firestarter
Thursday, March 26, 2015
A simple way to start a fire using the physics of electricityLet's suppose you're out camping. It's damp and cold and you need to start a fire in a hurry. But alas the matches are wet and impossible to light!Here's a quick and simple alternative that use... more

Podcast: How Robocats Land on Their Feet
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The physics of “cat-turning” has been a subject of fascination for hundreds of years, in part because a cat’s almost uncanny ability to land on its feet seems, at first glance, to violate the conservation of angular momentum. “It sounds like a paradox w... more

"The Happiest Thought of My Life": 100 Years of General Relativity
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
One hundred years ago this year, Einstein first published his theory of general relativity. This theory fundamentally changed how physicists think about the universe and is thoroughly embedded in the everyday technologies we rely on here on Earth.In trib... more

Simple Test May Detect Toxic Drugs Faster
Monday, March 23, 2015
Originally published: Mar 20 2015 - 2:15pm, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Ben P. Stein, Director(Inside Science) -- Testing whether a drug is safe and effective usually takes many years and millions of dollars. Now, researchers have discovered a surpris... more