Diamonds Lead to Ultra-High Pressure Situations
Sunday, July 24, 2016
Trying to find the perfect diamond has always been stressful, especially in a high-pressure environment. However, recent experimental results take the relationship between diamonds and pressure to a whole new level. An ultra-high level, in fact, that.. more

Winding Light Takes New Paths
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Light travels in a straight line. If that ceased to be the case, reflections, shadows, and really the whole world would make a lot less sense. During the past several years, however, scientists have created beams of light that curve as they travel, c.. more



 
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Advances in Micro-Drones

Electrostatics help "bug bot" micro-drones cling to surfaces just like their biological counterparts!


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Quantum Computing, Human Processing

Gamers are helping engineer the next generation of supercomputers—and you can, too!


Lasers and nanoengineering team up to take on one of nature's oldest and deadliest diseases.

Using Gold Nanoparticles to Kill Cancer

Lasers and nanoengineering team up to take on one of the deadliest diseases


 
Light refracts through an empty glass to produce a rainbow of color

Dispersion Reveals Coffee at the End of the Rainbow

Dispersion through a glass splits light into its component colors.


There's something amiss about this prismatic rainbow—can you spot it?

ROYGBIV...B?

There's something amiss about this prismatic rainbow—can you spot it?


Well beyond the density of anything we’ve observed, hypothetical types of matter exhibit bizarre and beautiful optics.

Too Big to Cast a Shadow

How can something be too big to cast a shadow?


 
Ionizing radiation from the sun tears apart water molecules to create an

The Electric Wind of Venus

Ionizing radiation from the sun tears apart water molecules to create an "electric wind" that may have stripped Venus of its oceans.


New science may drastically change the way we think about climate change and deforestation.

Trees May Tell it When to Rain

New science may drastically change the way we think about climate change and deforestation.


The next generation of atomic clock may be on the way!

Defining Time

The atomic clock—and the definition of a second—might be up for revision soon.


 
Hot Cocoa Effect

Instant Physics: The Hot Cocoa Effect

A fun and tasty home experiment for the holidays


Inverted Wineglass Harp

Inverted Wineglass Harp

A new take on a musical physics classic


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3D and Polarization at Home

Grab some 3D glasses for this home experiment


 

Star-chaeology: The Next (Stellar) Generation
April 28, 2016
Join Dr. Anna Frebel and PhysicsCentral podcast host Meg Rosenburg in a search for the oldest stars in the universe!

Of Ice Cores & Isotopes
March 31, 2016
Ice cores contain air bubbles that have been encased for close to a million years! Find out what we can learn from this ancient oxygen in this week's PhysicsCentral podcast!

The Truth About Gravitational Waves
February 22, 2016
Host Meg Rosenburg journeys to the Hanford observatory for an exclusive interview with one of the scientists behind LIGO's detection of gravitational waves!

A New Ninth Planet?
February 12, 2016
Is there a ninth planet in the solar system lurking somewhere in the inky depths of space? Learn about "Vulcan, "Planet X", and the history of planetary astronomy in this week's PhysicsCentral podcast!

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Spectra's Current Crisis

Terminal Twins

Registration is now open for this year’s PhysicsQuest, Spectra’s Current Crisis!

Register now for a FREE kit for this year’s PhysicsQuest, Spectra’s Current Crisis. With Miss Alignment in jail Lucy’s town assumes things have gone back to normal, but they would be wrong. Taking advantage of the now-abandoned Con Cave and a trusting town are twins Andy and Cat Terminal. They aren’t your ordinary sheisters, they have sub-atomic superpowers. Your students can help Spectra and her crew put a stop to the Terminal Twins from negatively affecting the town. As students help Spectra defeat the Twins they will learn about current, circuits, motors, and colors. This is a kit you positively can’t resist. Register now for your FREE PhysicsQuest kit!

We will be sending out the Spectra’s Current Crisis kits (for free) in late January. If you would like to purchase past PhysicsQuest kits, that can be done here. If you'd like to download past manuals or comics and create your own kits, that can be done through links on the About PhysicsQuest page.

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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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Click to Read Physics Comics

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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