Physics in Action by Topic



Electrifying Tesla Coil Music and Fashion

Creating art with stunning electric arcs


In Depth: Fusion Strides at NIF

How scientists recently pushed closer to sustainable fusion


Neurons and Nuclear Tests

Nuclear bomb tests have opened doors in neuroscience


Mixing Physics: Rayleigh-Taylor Instabilities

Fluid dynamics behind beautiful video of mixing patterns


Ionizing Radiation and Humans – The Basics

In the wake of the Fukishima Nuclear Reactor incident, radiation is on the minds of many people, but did you know that people are exposed to radiation everyday? Ionizing radiation, like many things, isn’t bad unless a living organism is exposed to too much of it.

Stock Trade

Stock Trades at the Speed of Light

What does the speed of light have to do with the stock market? When stock market trading time is of the essence some financially savvy physicists proposed a solution.


Seeing Lightning in the Ash

The eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland created an ash cloud that disrupted air traffic throughout Europe. And as if the magma and ash violently spewing out of the volcano's crater wasn't scary enough, the eruption also generates lightning!


Fiddle Physics

Physicists are using sophisticated recording equipment and computer models to probe how a violin makes its sound. Could they be on the verge of discovering the "secret of Stradivari"?


The Theory of Everything... Everything Alive!

Physicists like to explain a broad range of phenomena with a few simple mathematical laws.


Chaos Rules

In the 17th and 18th centuries, Newtonian mechanics was triumphant in its explanation of the solar system.


Granular Materials

In our everyday world, matter is usually classified into solids, liquids, and gases. But what about dry sand?