Physics Buzz

Falaco Solitons: Particles at the Pool
Thursday, September 18, 2014
While the season for swimming has already passed in most of the country, it’s still not too late in the year for some physics fun in the pool! If you’ve got a sunny day, a dinner plate, and access to a calm body of water, you can explore one of the coole... more

Podcast: The Venus Zone
Thursday, September 18, 2014
This week on the Physics Central Podcast, we take a trip to the Venus Zone. You've heard of the Habitable Zone, yes? That's the region around a star where scientists think a planet would receive just the right amount of radiation to support life. The pla... more

Pebbly Space Particles May Kick-start Formation Of Planets And Stars
Friday, September 12, 2014
Curiously large dust grains may contribute to development of bodies in space.   The Orion Nebula, courtesy of NASAInterstellar space can be a dusty place, filled with tiny flecks no bigger than a bacterial cell.But now astronomers have detected part... more

Galaxies Writ Small
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Courtesy imgur user ScienceLlamaAt a glance, it’s easy to tell that something’s not right with the galaxies and clusters in these images from deep space, but it might sound silly when it’s put into words: they’re little! The photographic technique o... more

Podcast: The History of the Helium Crisis
Thursday, September 11, 2014
In the 1990's, the US Bureau of Land Management unintentionally became the worlds largest supplier of helium. Last year, the world faced a potential helium cliff, when the US government had to decide whether to keep selling helium or exit the market as t... more

Breaking Beautiful
Monday, September 08, 2014
Researchers have found out how orderly patterns of cracks form atop electronics.Originally published: Aug 29 2014 - 3:00pm, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Gabriel Popkin, Contributor(Inside Science) -- Repeating crescents, snail shell-like spirals and a ... more

Build Your Own Time-Warp Tube!
Thursday, September 04, 2014
If you spend much time browsing home-science channels on youtube, you’ve probably seen videos of what happens when you drop a magnet through a metal tube. If not, enjoy this mind-bending display of Eddy Current Braking. While it might be difficult t... more