Physics in Action by Topic

Thermodynamics & Heat

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In Depth: Fusion Strides at NIF

How scientists recently pushed closer to sustainable fusion


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Glowing Carpets: Rolling Out in 2014

Pragmatic and beautiful light transmissive carpets


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Tiny Particle Accelerators

These powerful particle accelerators can fit on a desk


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Neurons and Nuclear Tests

Nuclear bomb tests have opened doors in neuroscience


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"Breathprint" Identification

Scientists can now identify people by their breath — just like a fingerprint


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"Living" Crystal Colonies

These inanimate crystals form colonies under UV-light, like bacteria



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Spraying on Energy Efficiency

In the next few years you might be able to buy a spray that could dramatically increase the energy efficiency of your house.


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GRACE Under Fire

Remote and beautiful, Antarctica is covered by an ice sheet averaging several kilometers in thickness that locks up some 70% of Earth’s fresh water—if it all melted, the oceans would rise about 70 meters.


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Ice Ages

In the controversy over global warming, some people have suggested that human-induced warming might be a good thing if it kept us out of the next Ice Age.


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Blowin' in the Wind

After crossing Florida, Hurricane Katrina headed into the Gulf of Mexico early on August 26, 2005 as a Category One hurricane.