Light can take billions of years to reach Earth. Along its way, though, this ancient light can be distorted by the pull of matter, leading to a twisted light pattern. Now, astronomers have finally detected this twisted pattern of light, called B-modes, which could lead to better maps of matter acros...
How do stars form? Scientists have long speculated exactly how these bright objects form in our universe. Now, we're learning a bit more about star birth. Scientists have provided an explanation for the origin of three observed correlations between various properties of molecular clouds in the Milky...
The exact pressure that permanently changes copper crystals has been pinpointed, according to a study released this month.
The popular conception of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle is that measurement is unavoidably invasive. We disturb an object when we observe it, thus introducing error into subsequent measurements.
EPFL scientists have provided the first evidence ever that it is possible to generate a magnetic field by using heat instead of electricity. The phenomenon is referred to as the Magnetic Seebeck effect or ‘thermomagnetism’.
The world's thinnest glass may have more to offer scientists than just being part of the Guinness Book of World Records. It turns out that by bending this glass, the researchers have been able to directly image the deformation associated with breaking glass and the resulting "dance" of rearranging a...
Unexpected result shows that in some cases, pulling apart makes cracks in metal fuse together.
James Tour has enhanced a polymer material to make it far more impermeable to pressurized gas and far lighter than the metal in tanks now used to contain the gas.
Quantum mechanics, which aims to describe the nano-scale world around us, has already led to the development of many technologies ubiquitous in modern life, including broadband optical fibre communication and smartphone displays.
The strongest material ever could be carbyne, atom-thick chains of carbon, according to theoretical calculations by Rice University Physicists. The big question is now if and when anyone can make it in bulk.
The 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was yesterday jointly awarded to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel for developing foundation computer software that chemists today use to investigate how biological molecules work.
Why do some icicles have ripples while others remain smooth? Good question--and one that scientists decided to investigate in order to learn more about the physics of water. Now, they've uncovered the answer to the question, revealing a little bit more about the dynamics of water.