Superheating a Liquid to Create a Single Bubble
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Image Credit: thinkstockphotos.com/assistantuaWhen a superheated material begins the transition from one phase to the next (like liquid to gas), small bubbles can form, a process called bubble nucleation. Scientists at Harvard have presented a new method... more

Podcast: Comic-Con 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014
This week's Physics Central Podcast is all about comics! And physics! Last week, few members of the Physics Central team headed to San Diego Comic Con 2014 (we saw some awesome science costumes)  to give away free physics comics and get people excit... more



 
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Memory, Thermodynamics, and Time

New strides in explaining the arrow of time


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The Dawn of the Tetraquark

A new particle discovery requires some rethinking in particle physics


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First Detection of Elusive Gravitational Waves Explained

One of the biggest discoveries in decades.


 
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Lunar Charge Protection

Can magnetic anomalies on the moon protect future explorers?


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American Cells

Epithelial cells grown in the shape of the United States


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Quantum Cyberattack

Future quantum cryptography could be foiled by a laser attack


 
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India's Connection to the Stars

Documenting the astronomical beliefs of several Indian ethnic groups.


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The Science Behind World Cup Passing Networks

Network theory reveals successful World Cup strategies


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Back Lever Physics

Discover the physics behind this bodyweight skill and master it yourself


 
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Ice Cream at Home

Learn the physics behind making this tasty treat


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Homemade Lava Lamp

Embrace your inner 1970’s teenage self with this makeshift lava lamp


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Hovering Snowflake Decorations

Decorate in style this holiday season with static electricity


 

Comic-Con 2014
July 30, 2014
Our latest trip to Comic-Con International revealed a number of physics-inspired comic books in addition to our own Spectra series.

July News Roundup
July 23, 2014
The blackest material ever invented, solar-powered spacecraft, and the crushing environments inside gas giants round up this month in physics news.

Voices of the Manhattan Project
July 16, 2014
Hundreds of thousands of people were connected to the Manhattan Project to build the first atomic bombs. Now you can hear a few of their unique perspectives as they reflect on this hugely significant project.

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PhysicsQuest

The Quantum Mechanic

The kits are out, and we know many people are working hard to help Spectra and the Quantum Mechanic. If you would like to download the manual, submit your answers, or learn more about PhysicsQuest, click here.

Tesla Junior High is in ruins after H. Toueaux destroyed the gym during the big swim meet. The gang is scattered between 3 different middle schools as they wait for their school to be rebuilt. When Lucy’s mom takes their ancient mini-van to Black Body Repair, she gets a little more than she bargained for. Owner and chief mechanic Pauli Black gives the van more than new brakes, she gives it a quantum kick. With the gang so spread out, Spectra will have to use both her laser powers and the quantum additions to her mom’s mini-van to stop the Quantum Mechanic's super-powered machines.

Learn about topics in modern physics including  what’s hidden in a rainbow, why physicists sometimes claim there are 10 dimensions and why Wint-O-Green lifesavers spark in the dark while helping Spectra!

Information about this year’s PhysicsQuest kit can be found on the PhysicsQuest web page.

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SpectraSnapp

SpectraSnapp

Create your own spectroscope with our free iPhone/Ipad app: SpectraSnapp. Now you can see the spectral lines behind the fluorescent lights, neon signs, sodium lamps, and other light sources you encounter everyday!

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Read all of our physics comic books online, and follow the adventures of Spectra, the original laser superhero.

Science off the Sphere

Science off the Sphere

Astronaut and chemist Dr. Don Pettit did physics demos that are out of this world while he was aboard the International Space Station. Now you can enjoy videos of his fantastic micro-gravity experiments safely on the surface!

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