Seeing 1.3 million particles get thrown in a bowl is weirdly satisfying

Maybe it’s because they look like cheese puffs? I don’t know. But seeing this visual simulation of 1.3 million orange cheese puffy-ish particles get thrown into a bowl and the cascading physics that results because of that thought experiment basically stole my eyeballs for much longer than it should have. »5/11/15 8:00pm5/11/15 8:00pm

Did We Really See Light Acting as a Particle and a Wave at Once?

Several weeks ago, the internet lit up with the colorful image shown above, accompanied by headlines claiming that physicists had accomplished the extraordinary: We'd finally managed to see light as both a particle and a wave at the same time. (Your friends at Giz reported it too.) But...it's not exactly true. »3/15/15 2:00pm3/15/15 2:00pm

Mystery Particles on Mars Revealed by Curiosity's Junk

Sifting through soil on Mars, NASA's rover Curiosity paused to take a picture - and exposed its own bad behaviour. The shot included a bright object lying in the Martian dirt, and a closer look suggests that the rover is guilty of littering: it appears the object is a piece of plastic wrapper that has fallen from the… »10/17/12 8:55am10/17/12 8:55am

Video Analysis Suggests Gulf Spill Could Be Much Worse Than Estimated

As BP continues to come up with schemes to slow the Gulf oil spill, new research by NPR suggests that the leak could be far worse than previously thought. Applying particle image velocimetry—basically a computer program that measures the oil geyser particle by particle—to videos of the underwater leak, researchers… »5/14/10 6:29pm5/14/10 6:29pm