Physics Buzz

Two Physicists Share Nobel Prize For Detecting Changes In Neutrino Identities
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Courtesy of Kamioka Observatory, ICRR (Institute for Cosmic Ray Research), University of Tokyo, rights: 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to a Japanese physicist and a Canadian physicist for discovering that abundant s... more

The People's Choice for a Physics Nobel: Dark Matter
Monday, October 05, 2015
The Bullet Cluster is one astronomical object that proves the existence of dark matter. The Nobel Prize committees don't seem to worry much about popular opinion (or at least my opinion), but if they did I'm pretty sure Vera Rubin and Kent Ford would win... more

Moonshine and Lunacy
Friday, October 02, 2015
I got an email from a reader yesterday asking for help in understanding a video that she’d seen, in which a citizen-scientist performs an experiment with a very surprising result: moonlight makes things colder! How could this be? To find out, I took a di... more

A Rough Neighborhood
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Once every century or so, a supernova occurs somewhere in the Milky Way, blasting out as much energy in one event as a sun-like star emits over billions of years. According to a paper recently accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters, the leve... more

The Math Of Brewing Coffee Can Model Anesthesia
Friday, September 25, 2015
Mathematics that can describe coffeepots, forest fires and flu outbreaks may also underpin the brain’s response to anesthesia, a new study suggests.The mathematical model of the brain, published in Physical Review Letters, marks the latest attempt to sim... more

Ask a Physicist: Cold Light and Negative Work
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
It's been a while since we got around to opening up the "Ask a Physicist" inbox, but we've had some great questions recently, and you can look forward to Ask a Physicist being a more regular feature on the Buzz Blog. Let's get to it!Grunka, from Scotland... more

Papers in the Pipeline: Simulating New Materials
Friday, September 18, 2015
Designing things like LEDs and transistors has, for a long time, been an arduous process of trial and error, but that could be changing soon, thanks in part to a technique developed by physicists at SUNY-Buffalo.In a paper that’s just been accepted ... more