Zoom in on the details of just about any Olympic event and you can find some cool physics. Today, let’s look at the arrow in archery. It seems so simple: fletching, a shaft, and a..
Getty Images Physics at its best brings the world together. Its power is that a single simple framework can describe wildly different systems. But even the greatest descriptive equations reach their limits sometimes. Soap bubbles..
Most teenagers hate to see the summer end, but John Kraus has a particularly good reason to be unhappy about it: Going back to school means less time to shoot space launches. “It’s hard to..
Take your hand and draw it through water in a pool. You can feel resistance–this is hydrodynamic drag. It is the effective force created by the interaction of your body and the water. Swimmers push..
CERN On his physics-insider blog, Resonaances, theorist Adam Falkowski titled his latest post “After the Hangover.” He’s not talking about a party. He’s talking about particle physics–and the decline and fall of this year’s most-exciting-discovery-that-was-not…
Health workers spray insecticide in the Sambadrome as a means of killing the Aedes aegypti mosquito, on January 26, 2016. The Sambadrome will be used for the Archery competition during the summer Olympics in Rio..
Foam can either be really classy, a la culinary foam delicately garnishing a dish in a Michelin restaurant, or really unclassy, a la an Ibiza foam party. Let’s talk about the former and forget about..
[embedded content] Luke Aikins went skydiving without a parachute. This is crazy–not because it’s impossible, but because really bad things happen if you make a mistake. If you haven’t seen the video, it shows Aikins..
The world’s most expensive coffee is made from poop. And if you want a latte without the milk, you should be making it with poop, too. From bacteria, that is. Regular lattes use milk to..
[embedded content] This video from Minute Physics explains why it’s difficult to use a rocket to get into the Sun–just in case you want to launch nuclear waste into a giant solar disposal system. It’s..