News tagged with thermodynamics

Surfing on acoustic waves (w/ Video)

(Phys.org) —ETH researchers are able to make objects such as particles and liquid droplets fly in mid-air by letting them ride on acoustic waves. For the first time, they have been able to also control ...

Jul 16, 2013
4.8 / 5 (19) 3 | with audio podcast

Quantum engines must break down

Our present understanding of thermodynamics is fundamentally incorrect if applied to small systems and needs to be modified, according to new research from University College London (UCL) and the University of Gdańsk. The ...

Jun 26, 2013
4.8 / 5 (21) 1 | with audio podcast

Force is the key to granular state-shifting

Ever wonder why sand can both run through an hourglass like a liquid and be solid enough to support buildings? It's because granular materials – like sand or dirt – can change their behavior, or state. ...

Feb 15, 2013
5 / 5 (1) 2 | with audio podcast