Physics

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

15 July 2012

In a world with ever-increasing energy demands and pollution, clean and abundant energy is urgently needed. The Sun...

25 May 2012

Meteorites on the open market routinely fetch a higher price than the equivalent weight of gold. But how does this...

09 February 2012

Almost 70% of the energy produced by a car engine is lost, mostly in the form of heat that exits along the exhaust pipe...

10 January 2012

So much sound and fury over the Higgs Boson, signifying what?

18 October 2011

The inside of a modern aircraft jet engine is a harsh and complex environment, but the drive for ever more powerful and...

06 July 2011

CSI has come to Swansea. But rather than solving murders, for a team at the University's Technology Centre (UTC)...

21 April 2011

Countless atomic recipes and crystal arrangements mean there are literally trillions of possible materials that could...

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

Niraj Lal looks at a growing part of our electrical future: the solar cell...

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

Contrary to what Hollywood would have you believe, although it’s almost impossible to escape from quicksand, it's...

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...