Nature Physics

Mars may act as a giant planetary pump

(Phys.org) —The surface of Mars is full of activity, with dust storms, dust devils, and drifting dunes in constant motion. Scientists suspect that similarly rich activity may exist underneath the surface, ...

Dec 23, 2013 4.6 / 5 (28) 5 | with audio podcast feature

Can quantum theory be improved?

(Phys.org) -- Being correct 50% of the time when calling heads or tails on a coin toss won’t impress anyone. So when quantum theory predicts that an entangled particle will reach one of two detectors ...

Jul 23, 2012 4.5 / 5 (20) 13 | with audio podcast feature

Physicists create water tractor beam

Physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at ...

Aug 10, 2014 4.8 / 5 (59) 13

Consider the 'anticrystal'

(Phys.org) —For the last century, the concept of crystals has been a mainstay of solid-state physics. Crystals are paragons of order; crystalline materials are defined by the repeating patterns their constituent ...

Jul 07, 2014 4.5 / 5 (31) 1