More Stories in Physics

  1. Tech

    Holey basketballs! 3-D printing could be a game-changer

    Wilson’s 3-D printed “airless” basketball is nearly silent and will never deflate, but will it prove a slam dunk for players and fans?

  2. Chemistry

    Scientists Say: Excitation

    Excited electrons are to thank for dazzling fireworks displays, plants harnessing energy, the semiconductors behind modern tech and more.

  3. Materials Science

    New lab trick makes diamonds without extreme pressure

    The lab-grown diamonds form in a liquid of gallium, iron, nickel and silicon.

  4. Chemistry

    Experiment: How to make the boldest, brightest tie-dye!

    Clothes are made from a variety of fibers, from natural to synthetic ones. Let’s explore how different fibers react with dyes.

  5. Plants

    Flowers may electrically detect bees buzzing nearby

    The discovery may reveal how plants time nectar production and share information with neighboring blooms.

  6. Physics

    Here’s why scientists want a good quantum computer

    These machines could tackle big problems in climate, medicine and more. But the tech is still in its infancy — and runs on truly strange physics.

  7. Physics

    Aerodynamics involved in shooting hoops can make vehicles greener

    Some ships host tall spinning cylinders that act like sails. Roughing the cylinders’ surface will greatly boost fuel efficiency, teen scientists find.

  8. Materials Science

    A bit of electricity can glue hard metals to soft materials

    Using this method to stick and unstick metals from soft materials could one day create new types of batteries.

  9. Physics

    The movie Frozen inspired the icy, 3-D printing of blood vessels

    Ice guides a 3-D printing method to make realistic, artificial blood vessels. One day, such vessels could be used in lab-grown organs.