We tend to think of Albert Einstein has a highfalutin theoretical physics guru, but the physicist also worked on much more everyday tasks...like developing an energy-efficient refrigerator. Allow Jennifer Ouellette from Cocktail Party Physics to explain.
The Higgs boson is the missing particle that would complete the standard model of particle physics, but so far we've found little to even suggest it actually exists. But a new finding might just have come from a decaying Higgs.
Gravity is usually the arch-nemesis of quantum mechanics, stubbornly refusing to play nice with the forces governing the interactions of subatomic particles. Now we've discovered a rare instance where gravity actually assists quantum interactions, which just might help unify physics.
Behold the basic physics of the wet dog shake, as explored by Andrew Dickerson, Grant Mills, Jay Bauman, Young-Hui Chang, David Hu of the Georgia Institute of Technology.
String theorists and particle physicists possess skills that also come in handy when playing poker, as it's a game rife with probabilities and grueling mental calculations. Here, Jennifer Oulette of Cocktail Party Physics talks physicists who are also card sharks.
We're pretty much certain that dark matter exists, but we're still working to nail down precisely what dark matter is. One leading candidate, known as the WIMP, might be trapped inside the Sun, sucking heat away and altering fusion reactions.
The strength of the electromagnetic interaction, one of physics's most fundamental constants, is actually very slowly changing, and has different values in different parts of the universe. This amazing find could help us find a grand unified theory of physics.
When it comes to undesired noises, silencing guns is the same thing as silencing incessant yammerers. It all comes down to dealing with hot gas.
Why do strands of spaghetti so rarely snap into only two pieces? Take a look at the solution to a mystery that, no fooling, baffled famed physicist Richard Feynman.
Parachutes are designed to create as much drag as possible. So why do parachutes have holes in them?
You'd think a totally smooth surface would be better at flying through the air with the least amount of wind resistance. So why do golf balls have all those little indentations? So they can use the air against itself.
Find out what a sonic boom is, and how you can create it in the privacy of your own household.
A leading candidate for room temperature superconductors is the copper compound cuprate, but no one knew how cuprates facilitated superconductivity...until some brave souls looked inside a black hole and broke out the string theory to explain how they work.
A new theory explains the accelerating universe without invoking mysterious, unseen dark energy to account for the expansion. But it also gets rid of singularities, an unchanging speed of light...and the most famous astrophysical phenomenon of all, the Big Bang.
White holes are basically black holes in reverse: They eject all the matter sucked into a black hole. We've never observed one, and most astrophysicists suspect they don't exist - all because they're not the exact opposite of black holes.
The uncertainty principle is at the foundation of quantum mechanics: You can measure a particle's position or its velocity, but not both. Now it seems that quantum computer memory could let us violate this rule.
There's a simple way to measure the speed of sound. It's low tech and unimpressive, but you get to blast an air horn. How many times can you say that you're using one for science and not sheer obnoxiousness?
The current explanation of the universe's origins relies on clumsy assumptions and can't explain most subatomic particles. A small tweak to general relativity solves these problems - and seemingly proves the universe must have come from a black hole elsewhere.
A working knowledge of surface tension allows you to shove a skewer through a balloon without popping it and a pencil through a plastic bag full of water without spilling. Make your nieces and nephews think you're cool.
Water is clear. The sky is blue. So why are clouds white? And if regular clouds are white, why are rain clouds gray?