News tagged with physicists

It pays to cooperate

Many species exhibit cooperative survival strategies—for example, sharing food or alerting other individuals when a predator is nearby. However, there are almost always freeloaders in the population who will take advantage ...

Nov 13, 2012 5 / 5 (2) 0 | with audio podcast

Powering lasers through heat

In micro electronics heat often causes problems and engineers have to put a lot of technical effort into cooling, for example micro chips, to dissipate heat that is generated during operation. Austrian physicists ...

Nov 13, 2012 5 / 5 (6) 2 | with audio podcast

DNA's double stranded stretch

(Phys.org)—Theoretical physicists like to play with very unconventional toys. Manoel Manghi from Toulouse University in France and his colleagues have adopted a seemingly playful approach to examining what happens to a ...

Oct 25, 2012 4.3 / 5 (3) 0 | with audio podcast

Hunt for the platypus particle

All of the atoms in our bodies are made of electrons, protons and neutrons, and the protons and neutrons can be further broken down into quarks. Fundamentally, then, we are made of only two types of particles: ...

Oct 22, 2012 4.8 / 5 (27) 98 | with audio podcast