Physics

  1. Physics

    Baseball: From pitch to hits

    Radar or cameras track the path of virtually every baseball in major league stadiums.

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  2. Physics

    Liquid undergoes magnetic ‘splits’

    The demonstration helps scientists begin how molecules in plants and animals naturally alter their shapes.

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  3. Physics

    Going against the flow

    Tea leaves and other particles can sometimes float upstream.

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  4. Physics

    A light twist

    A new spin on fiber optics packs hefty data into a small space.

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  5. Animals

    Cool Jobs: Moved by life

    Biologically inspired robots travel — naturally.

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  6. Physics

    Black hole mysteries

    Scientists are just getting to know the black holes that help anchor our cosmos.

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  7. Physics

    Smile! Dimples boost your mileage

    Trucks covered with tiny indentations, like those on golf balls, experience less friction.

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  8. Climate

    Explainer: Why a tornado forms

    Tornadoes start with a thunderstorm. But they also require other ingredients, such as instability.

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  9. Physics

    Light dancing on glass

    New type of material lets light travel across its surface without interruption.

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  10. Physics

    Sound cloak

    New device hides objects from sonar.

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  11. Animals

    Feeling the invisible

    Sensor wired into a rat’s brain lets it detect light it can’t see.

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  12. Physics

    A smarter scan

    Scientists introduce a cheap and smart new device that gathers data in a flash.

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