Argonne National Laboratory

The science that stumped Einstein

In 1908, the physics world woke up to a puzzle whose layers have continued to stump the greatest scientists of the century ever since. That year, Dutch physicist Kamerlingh Onnes cooled mercury down to -450° ...

Jul 01, 2014 4.6 / 5 (105) 51

Researchers turn cement into metal

(Phys.org) —In a move that would make the Alchemists of King Arthur's time green with envy, scientists have unraveled the formula for turning liquid cement into liquid metal. This makes cement a semi-conductor ...

May 27, 2013 4.5 / 5 (76) 5 | with audio podcast

The volcano of a hundred thousand mouths

When the 1893 World's Fair opened in Chicago, fairgoers aboard the world's first Ferris wheel soared high enough to compare two cities: the White City—gleaming whitewashed architecture built for the massive ...

Jul 02, 2014 4 / 5 (10) 0

Photosynthesis reimagined

(Phys.org) —Using water as fuel has been a recurrent theme of science fiction since the days of Jules Verne. A recent discovery, however, may bring it one step closer to science fact by mimicking the very ...

Mar 28, 2014 4.6 / 5 (14) 0