'Material universe' yields surprising new particle
6 hours ago
An international team of researchers has predicted the existence of a new type of particle called the type-II Weyl fermion in metallic materials. When subjected to a magnetic field, the materials containing the particle act ...
Researchers discover why E. coli move faster in syrup-like fluids than in water
7 hours ago
Swimming in a pool of syrup would be difficult for most people, but for bacteria like E. coli, it's easier than swimming in water. Scientists have known for decades that these cells move faster and farther in viscoelastic ...
CERN collides heavy nuclei at new record high energy
8 hours ago
The world's most powerful accelerator, the 27 km long Large Hadron Collider (LHC) operating at CERN in Geneva established collisions between lead nuclei, this morning, at the highest energies ever. The LHC has been colliding ...
Identifying new sources of turbulence in spherical tokamaks
8 hours ago
For fusion reactions to take place efficiently, the atomic nuclei that fuse together in plasma must be kept sufficiently hot. But turbulence in the plasma that flows in facilities called tokamaks can cause heat to leak from ...
Will we have to rewrite Einstein's theory of general relativity?
10 hours ago
Einstein famously laboured hard to create the theory of general relativity, but it is less well known that he also helped to launch quantum mechanics, which he didn't much care for. These two views of the world are the very ...
Dynamic calibration of pressure sensors for engines
11 hours ago
The characterisation of the pressure sensors used to develop the next generation of petrol and diesel engines is crucial to optimising their design, improving efficiency and reducing emissions. The National Physical Laboratory ...
How Einstein's general theory of relativity killed off common-sense physics
11 hours ago
Gravity ties our bodies to planet Earth but it does not define the limits of the soaring human mind. In November 1915 – exactly one century ago – this was proven to be true when Albert Einstein, in a series of lectures ...
Physicists set quantum record by using photons to carry messages from electrons almost 2 kilometers apart
12 hours ago
Researchers from Stanford have advanced a long-standing problem in quantum physics – how to send "entangled" particles over long distances.
Inkjet hologram printing now possible
13 hours ago
Vivid holographic images and text can now be produced by means of an ordinary inkjet printer. This new method, developed by a team of scientists from ITMO University in Saint Petersburg, is expected to significantly reduce ...
Exploring the physics of a chocolate fountain
Nov 24, 2015
A mathematics student has worked out the secrets of how chocolate behaves in a chocolate fountain, answering the age-old question of why the falling 'curtain' of chocolate surprisingly pulls inwards rather than going straight ...