Oxford Questions seek to pull back the curtain on the foundations of quantum physics
Errors on Viking sun compass hint at alternative purpose
Shipwreck find could be legendary 'sunstone'
An oblong crystal found in the wreck of a 16th-century English warship is a sunstone, a near-mythical navigational aid said to have been used by Viking mariners, researchers said on Wednesday.
Mathematician drafts urban nuclear shelter guide
A scientist published a guide Wednesday to help authorities limit deaths from fallout after a city is hit by a nuclear bomb.
Understanding the chain fountain: A problem-solving partnership (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) —The Rutherford School Physics Partnership is giving A-level physicists a unique opportunity to tackle a real research problem. The problem of the chain fountain was revealed by BBC Science presenter Steve Mould. 2.8 m ...
New modelling technique could bypass the need for engineering prototypes
A new modelling technique has been developed that could eliminate the need to build costly prototypes, which are used to test engineering structures such as aeroplanes.
New work sets timeline for the first pharaohs
Archaeologists drawing on a wide range of tools said on Wednesday they had pinpointed the crucial time in world history when Egypt emerged as a distinct state.
Ironing out the origins of wrinkles, creases and folds
Engineers from Brown University have mapped out the amounts of compression required to cause wrinkles, creases, and folds to form in rubbery materials. The findings could help engineers control the formation ...
Efficient distributed quantum computing
(Phys.org)—A quantum computer doesn't need to be a single large device but could be built from a network of small parts, new research from the University of Bristol has demonstrated. As a result, building ...
A wrinkle in space-time: Math shows how shockwaves could crinkle space
Mathematicians at UC Davis have come up with a new way to crinkle up the fabric of space-time -- at least in theory.
Do dolphins use nonlinear mathematics?
Research from the University of Southampton, which examines how dolphins might process their sonar signals, could provide a new system for man-made sonar to detect targets, such as sea mines, in bubbly water.
How ion bombardment reshapes metal surfaces
To modify a metal surface at the scale of atoms and molecules for instance to refine the wiring in computer chips or the reflective silver in optical components manufacturers shower it with ions. ...
New evidence to solve the mystery of the 'eclipse wind'
(PhysOrg.com) -- Solar eclipses are not only amazing celestial spectacles - they also cause subtle changes to the weather here on Planet Earth, according to meteorologists.
New study highlights key role soil structure plays in water uptake by crops
The increased global consumption of food means that there is an increasing yield gap between crop production and crop usage. To help tackle this issue, a team of scientists from the University of Southampton ...