Physics

  1. Animals

    Where does Godzilla get his atomic breath?

    Some secrets of the kaiju’s atomic breath can be explained with creative applications of physics and biology.

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  2. Physics

    Scientists Say: Supercool

    When a liquid is supercooled, it has been chilled below its freezing point without freezing.

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  3. Chemistry

    Creation of quantum dots wins 2023 chemistry Nobel

    The award honors three scientists who discovered and built quantum dots, which are now used in everything from TVs to medical tools.

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  4. Physics

    ‘Feathering’ helps explain Gentoos’ record-breaking swim speed

    Videos and computer analyses reveal the secrets of the penguins’ superspeed. The results could inspire future underwater vehicles.

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  5. Physics

    Efforts to create ultrafast light pulses win 2023 physics Nobel

    Pierre Agostini, Ferenc Krausz and Anne L’Huillier won the prize for creating light bursts that last billionths of a billionth of a second.

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  6. Chemistry

    Scientists Say: Rare earth element

    Rare earth elements aren’t all that rare — but skyrocketing demand for these metals makes them precious.

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  7. Physics

    Scientists Say: X-ray

    X-rays are a type of light that doctors use to image the inside of the body. Astronomers use X-rays to explore the cosmos.

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  8. Animals

    Analyze This: White wing spots may help monarch butterflies fly far

    Monarchs with more white on their wings are more successful migrants, new research shows

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  9. Materials Science

    Made from fungi, this vegan leather can self-heal holes or rips

    If made under gentle conditions, leather formed from the “roots” of mushrooms can retain the ability to regrow and repair minor damage.

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  10. Tech

    Gravity ‘batteries’ might help a weighty renewable-energy problem

    To store the energy generated by wind and solar power, researchers are looking at mammoth systems that raise and lower weights.

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  11. Space

    Experiment: A puzzling parallax helps stargazers

    In this project, we explore how perspective, or parallax, can be used to measure the distances to objects such as stars.

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  12. Physics

    Scientists Say: Radio Waves

    Lightning, stars, supermassive black holes and more give off radio waves.

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