A magical sight.
The northern lights might look like magic, but they can actually be explained by science – here's how.
Flexed joints can help dissipate some of the forces when landing a parkour jump.
Run, leap, scramble...it's parkour! Science can help you run up walls more efficiently, and chose the best way to land from a height.
Lise Meitner was left off the publication that eventually led to a Nobel Prize for her colleague.
Left off publications due to Nazi prejudice, this Jewish woman lost her rightful place in the scientific pantheon as the discoverer of nuclear fission.
A cross section of a fractal pattern, created by a laser in the Wits Structured Light Laboratory.
Nature can produce fractals, computers can, too. Could light be a fractal? The answer is yes.
When friction between shoe and surface is high, so is the injury rate. That’s where sliding comes in.
At this year’s Australian Open you’ll see players moving sideways on the Plexicushion surface – which is specially designed to allow players to slide. It’s safer for the players and fun to watch.
The new ‘Spider-Man’ video game isn’t just fun and games – it’s also science.
Marvel / Insomniac Games
The latest version of the Spider-Man video game offers insights into how science could be taught more effectively to today's college students, a researcher and video game enthusiast suggests.
Physics laureate Donna Strickland receives the prize from King Carl Gustaf of Sweden during the Nobel Prize award ceremony in Stockholm on Dec. 10, 2018.
(Pontus Lundahl/Pool Photo via AP)
The winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in physics says scientists shouldn't feel pressured to do research that has economic or commercial ramifications. Science for the sake of science is more important.
Dr. Who used the this time machine, called the TARDIS, to travel through space and time on the BBC television show Dr. Who.
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Who wouldn't want to travel in time, glimpsing the dinosaurs or peeking at humans 2,000 years from now? Now physicists have designed a time machine that seems deceptively simple.
We don’t all see the same.
What colours we see depends not just on how things are in the world around us, but also on what happens in our eyes and our brains.
Researchers have identified 3,000 radioactive isotopes – and predict 4,000 more are out there.
Alongside their famous dangers, radioactive materials have many beneficial uses. With as many more predicted as have already been discovered, nuclear physicists are searching for more isotopes.
Physics teachers often pass on misconceptions to their pupils.
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By improving trainee physics teachers' content knowledge and skills, we make them better.
An artist’s impression of fast radio bursts in the sky above the Australian SKA precursor, ASKAP.
OzGrav, Swinburne University of Technology
Perhaps precisely because they are so elusive, Fast Radio Bursts have received a lot of attention in the years since their discovery.
Every magnet has two sides: a north pole and a south pole.
The energy needed to pull magnets apart comes from you, and you get it from the food you eat. And the plants or animals you eat get their energy from other plants and animals, or from the Sun. All energy comes from somewhere.
Women are still typically the minority on academic hiring committees in science, and “majority rules.”
The award of a Nobel Prize in physics to Donna Strickland is an opportunity to build support for women in science, says one female physics professor.
Recognition: The University of Waterloo’s associate physics professor Donna Strickland after being awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize for Physics.
Donna Strickland is the first woman in 55 years to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. Let's hope the next such award to a woman won't take so long.
Using lasers to trap and move particles changed the way we're able to study microscopic life.
Swings can be educational tools.
The way science is currently taught in southern African countries ignores the fact that the whole environment is a laboratory for learning.
We need female role models in the NSW physics syllabus to normalise women in physics and encourage their engagement and further study.
The new physics syllabus for year 11 and 12 students in NSW contains no mention of specific women who have contributed to the field, nor their work.
Captured: approximately 15,000 galaxies (12,000 of which are star-forming) widely distributed in time and space.
NASA, ESA, P. Oesch (University of Geneva), and M. Montes (University of New South Wales)
Astronomers are voting to rename one of the laws of physics. The voting may have far-reaching effects leading to renaming of other laws and giving 'forgotten' scientists due credit.
What goes up, must come down.
It's not just Earth: everything in the universe has it's own pull because of gravity – even you. Here's how it works.