Physics

Articles about physics, cosmology, astrophysics, electricity, energy, forces, gravity, light and maths...

06 April 2011

Spinning hundreds of times per second and carrying a load equivalent to the weight of a family car, often at...

19 January 2011

Fifty years from now, our kids are going to look incredulously at us and ask – "you burnt things to get...

07 December 2010

Is earthquake prediction for California truly a problem beyond the powers of science, or is there something that...

21 November 2010

A massive star ends its life with a BANG – a supernova - seen on Earth as bursts of energy in the form of light,...

16 October 2010

First came fire. Cavemen rubbed sticks together and there it was, a source of ‘artificial’ heat and light, giving us...

10 October 2010

The tale of antiquity's greatest mathematician, Archimedes, leaping from his bath and bustling naked through the...

11 March 2010

Antimatter can make anything - even anybody - vanish merely by touching it. But at the moment antimatter itself appears...

01 December 2009

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland is now back in operation. By smashing particles together at...

15 June 2009

Sure, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and has received a number of other honours, but has Sir Tim Berners-Lee yet...

19 January 2009

Physics is full of surprises, but none so great as the discovery that 95% of the mass of the Universe is invisible to...

16 July 2008

Simpsons fans will know only too well the opening sequence to the cartoon in which Homer discovers, during his commute...

21 February 2008

When the clipper ship Southern Cross sailed into a living hell off Chile during the night of 2 September 1859, little...

01 February 2008

Scientists recently spotted a planet being born. It's just formed and is still enshrouded within the disk of dust...

22 December 2007

Snowflakes form when water vapour condenses directly into ice crystals, and for many years writers have used their...

03 June 2007

There was a time when almost every action movie seemed to involve the hero or villain becoming swamped in quicksand,...

03 June 2007

What is a thunderstorm, how is lightning generated by clouds, how much energy is there in a lightning bolt, and could...

05 October 2006

How were superconductors discovered, what are they, how do they work, what can they do for us, and what's new in...

05 October 2006

Superconductors are amazing materials whose resistance drops to zero when cooled. Chris looks at how they can be used...

21 June 2006

The Rubik's Cube is all about symmetry... How do you solve the rubiks cube - what is the maths behind the rubiks...

08 March 2006

The story of rocketry pioneer John Parsons, who founded the Jet propulsion Lab...

22 February 2006

Things usually are not what they seem, and sometimes the fundamentals become discomfortingly alien... Frank Witte...

11 January 2006

The Hubble Space Telescope has been sending us back incredible pictures of the cosmos. How have recent policy changes...

14 December 2005

George Bush's plan to establish a permanent base on the Moon by 2020, and send astronauts to Mars by 2030, has...

09 November 2005

The illuminating story of colour constancy: why what you think you see and what you actually see are different...