Physics

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.

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
The experimental technique could help reveal the fundamental chemistry in photosynthesis and photovoltaic materials.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
Yamir Moreno studies how human networks spread COVID-19 and other diseases.
Catherine Meyers, Editor
It bounces, but it breaks likes glass and can flow like a liquid.
Karin Heineman, Executive Producer
What links a wildfire raging across a forest to the electric signals rippling through our hearts? Enter the world of waves in excitable media.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
Particle physicists have overcome one of the biggest obstacles to a collider that would smash particles for less.
Meredith Fore, Contributor
Refined instruments reduce noise at the quantum level, allowing for discoveries of more distant gravitational waves.
Ramin Skibba, Contributor
Researchers create a 10-qubit register that can hold its quantum state for more than a minute.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
A next-generation atom smasher would cost billions of dollars. Europe and China both plan to build one, but scientists are debating if it's worth it.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
The new laureates discovered the first planet orbiting a solar-type star and improved our understanding of how the universe evolved.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer