Making complex fluids look simple
An international research team has successfully developed a widely applicable method for discovering the physical foundations of complex fluids for the first time. Researchers at the University of Vienna and ...
Apparent roadblock in the development of quantum lithography
'Critical baby step' taken for spying life on a molecular scale
(PhysOrg.com) -- The ability to image single biological molecules in a living cell is something that has long eluded researchers; however, a novel technique, using the structure of diamond, may well be able ...
Space jets in a bottle
By creating space-like conditions in a slim 4m vessel, Italian researchers have helped confirm the behaviour of astrophysical jets streams of charged particles shot out by supermassive black holes and young stars, ...
Diet-exercise combo best for obese seniors
For obese seniors, dieting and exercise together are more effective at improving physical performance and reducing frailty than either alone.
Creasing to cratering: Voltage breaks down plastic (w/ Video)
A Duke University team has seen for the first time how soft polymers, such as wire insulation, can break down under exposure to electrical current.
Two languages in peaceful coexistence
Physicists and mathematicians from the University of Santiago de Compostela in Spain are putting paid to the theory that two languages cannot co-exist in one society.
Northern hunters slowed down advance of Neolithic farmers
One of the most significant socioeconomic changes in the history of humanity took place around 10,000 years ago, when the Near East went from an economy based on hunting and gathering (Mesolithic) to another ...
Scientists customize a magnet's performance by strategically replacing key atoms
Scientists have given us a plethora of new materials all created by combining individual elements under varying temperatures and other conditions. But to tweak an intermetallic compound even more, in order to give ...
Magnetism relieves electrons of their resistance
(PhysOrg.com) -- Physics is sometimes just like a criminal investigation. Researchers gather one piece of evidence after another in order to solve a mystery - for example, the question as to how unconventional ...
When Belgium sneezes, the world catches a cold
As the eurozone continues to wobble, new analysis of countries' economic interconnectedness finds that some of the countries with the greatest potential to cause a global crash have surprisingly small gross domestic production.
High magnetic fields coax new discoveries from topological insulators
(PhysOrg.com) -- Using one of the most powerful magnets in the world, a small group of researchers has successfully isolated signs of electrical current flowing along the surface of a topological insulator, ...
Half-time gamblers give stock market insight
Computer-modelled comparison of online football gamblers' behaviour during play and during half-time shows distinct real-time differences, begging the question what motivates betting behaviour when play is ...
Understanding behavioral patterns: Why bird flocks move in unison
Animal flocks, be it honeybees, fish, ants or birds, often move in surprising synchronicity and seemingly make unanimous decisions at a moment's notice, a phenomenon which has remained puzzling to many researchers.