Physics Buzz

"Slinky" Lens Could See Cancer and Other Tiny Objects
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Looking like a miniature Slinky, a new lens can manipulate and resolve light in ways impossible for traditional lenses. Researchers say this "hyperlens" may help detect early-stage cancer and identify single molecule sequences. This "Slinky" hyperle... more

Good Vibrations For Computations
Friday, May 22, 2015
Image credit: Stefan Kontur| information: computers, like the one you're using to read this story, are a fantastically successful technology, having grown in just 70 years into a bedrock of the g... more

Physics in Verse: Maxwell's "I come from fields of fractured ice..."
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Here's another lovely bit of physics poetry. Last week it was John Updike on neutrinos. This week it is Scottish mathematican and physicist, James Clerk Maxwell, who is most famous for his theory of electromagnetic radiation (commonly known as Maxwell's ... more

Holograms in Everyday Life: Going to the Movies
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
As someone who has trouble understanding and following movies without subtitles, I got into the habit of not jumping to go see new movies in the theater growing up. My local theaters’ closed captioning devices were these small, LED screens you could set ... more

Octopus-inspired Robotic Arm Manipulates "Organs"
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
The strength and flexibility of an octopus arm has inspired Italian researchers from the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies to create a robotic tool that may assist in future keyhole surgeries.An octopus-inspired robotic arm adapts to delicate objects ... more

How Ants Go Marching And Never Cause Traffic Jams
Monday, May 18, 2015
Traffic scientists study ants because they manage traffic better than humans. Originally published: May 11 2015 - 12:45pm, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Joel N. Shurkin, Contributor(Inside Science) -- The old children's song about marching ants is a goo... more

The Amtrak Derailment And Newton's First Law
Friday, May 15, 2015
Walter Siegmund via wikimedia | evening's deadly derailment that sent an Amtrak Northeast Regional train careening off its tracks has many people asking how such a tragedy could happen. Investigators on the case hav... more