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.

Here's how researchers are working to harvest energy from unconventional sources such as falling droplets of water -- and the math behind it.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
The merger occurred when the universe was half its current age, and it may have produced the first known black hole of intermediate size
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
The elusive waves, once thought to be myths, are explained by the same math that's found in a wide range of settings.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
For 20 years, scientists believed that gravity caused some popped bubbles to collapse; new experiments turn that understanding on its head.
Meredith Fore, Contributor
A glimpse into the history of the start of the atomic age.
Karin Heineman, Executive Producer
The idea of a nuclear bomb accidentally setting the entire planet on fire was once a fear shared by many.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
This video animation helps to answer a puzzling shower thought.
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
Science is an endeavor of trial and error. Can we find a better way to share the "erroneous" trials?
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
By overlapping materials with periodic properties, scientists can detect features otherwise too small to be seen directly.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
Two physics experts answer a bewildering shower thought.
Abigail Malate, Staff Illustrator
Two independent research groups have created the first superconducting quantum computers that can operate above 1 K, overcoming a major obstacle.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
A small amount of water bound to the surface of the towel acts like glue to hold the cotton fibers together.
Catherine Meyers, Editor