Physics Buzz

Inside the Global Effort to Track Mysterious Space Radio Signals
Monday, January 26, 2015
Astronomers are building a global collaboration to identify recently discovered radio blips seemingly originating from deep space. Called "fast radio bursts," or FRBs for short, these enigmatic cosmic signals have so far confounded astronomers, and are t... more

Historic Atom Smasher Felled
Friday, January 23, 2015
Unfortunate news out of Pittsburgh this week. The nearly 80-year-old, long defunct Westinghouse Atom Smasher has been toppled.The felled Atom Smasher in Forest Hills, Penn.Image: WTAE PittsburghThe five-story steel bulb was the first industrial particle ... more

A New Anti-Water Metal: What It Is and What It Is Not
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Scientists at the University of Rochester have created new metal surfaces that are super water repellent, using short intense laser blasts. Because these surfaces don't accumulate water, they are self-cleaning and resistant to both corrosion and ice, mak... more

Your Smartphone Can Do Physics
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
That smartphone you carry around in your pocket all day is a pretty versatile lab assistant. It is packed with internal sensors that measure everything from acceleration to sound volume to magnetic field strength. But I'll wager most people don't realize... more

Abusing Science with Stories of Post-Death Experiences
Friday, January 16, 2015
I love Kojo Nnamdi's show on NPR. He's a smart, tech savvy, engaging host, and I almost always learn something new when I listen in. A few weeks ago, unfortunately, I learned that Kojo is not immune to falling for pseudoscientific nonsense.The topic came... more

Keeping Climbers Alive with Physics
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Tommy Caldwell (second from left) and Kevin Jorgeson (fourth from left) celebrating their climb of Dawn Wall yesterday afternoon. Credit: Peter Stevens via flickrYesterday afternoon in Yosemite National Park, rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorges... more

Podcast: Paleomagnetism 101
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Earth's magnetic field, which is generated by convection currents in the highly-conductive liquid outer core, has been documenting our planet’s past for billions of years. Just like that of a standard bar magnet, our magnetic field behaves, on average, ... more