Let there be light, sound, fluids and quantum weirdness

We love physics in all its forms, from new research on mind-bending concepts like quantum weirdness and spooky action at a distance to the science of sounds and fluids to all the forces that push, pull, stick and slip. Here we tackle the macroscopic, the subatomic, the strange, the cool, the groundbreaking and the obscure.

Inside Science explores an emerging, quantum-powered technological revolution.
Catherine Meyers, Editor
In this interview, Nicole Yunger Halpern describes her effort to tie quantum physics to the retro-futuristic steampunk genre.
Chris Gorski, Editor
A new study looks at the tiny changes that happen when something goes from wet to dry -- and ponders bigger questions.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
Recent observations at high temperatures and extreme pressures tantalize, but not all experts are convinced.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
In this episode of Inside Science Conversations Hakeem Oluseyi talks about how he fell in love with science.
Chris Gorski, Editor
Finding these particles would confirm there are laws of nature beyond the Standard Model of physics, say the researchers.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
A new paper hypothesizes how the amount of dark matter could have grown exponentially in the early universe.
Will Sullivan, Staff Writer
A mystery that captivated the internet has a simple answer. At least, that’s what Colgate says.
Haley Weiss, Staff Writer
The complex dynamics of spinning tops, such as dreidels, allow for bewildering designs and handy physics demos.
Zack Savitsky, Contributor
Giorgio Parisi’s work, which won him a share of the 2021 Nobel Prize in physics, has a surprisingly wide range of applications.
Will Sullivan, Staff Writer
Scientists need to pin down the lifetime to better understand fundamental physics questions, like how the universe evolved.
Will Sullivan, Staff Writer
Physicists say a universal theory that describes everything from light reflecting in tea cups to black holes can explain why apples have a dip at the top.
Jessica Orwig, Contributor