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Static electricity can cause more than just a bad hair day. Ken Bosma

Static electricity’s tiny sparks

These mini lightning bolts have been known for millennia. Understanding static electricity at the atomic level opens the door for new technologies – as well as ways to cut down on the tiny zaps.
There’s a lot we still don’t know about antimatter. Shutterstock

Antimatter breakthrough sheds light on matter’s shadowy twin

One of the great mysteries of the universe is why there is so much more matter than antimatter. Now a new experiment is helping us understand the nature of antimatter better than ever before.
A visualisation of simulation data showing light successfully trapped at a standstill.

Hold it right there: how (and why) to stop light in its tracks

Freezing light in mid-air isn't just the realm of Star Wars, as new research shows. But what do you do with the light once it's trapped? One option is to use it to develop new forms of computers.
All the magnets we’ve ever seen have a north and a south, but there might be some out there that have only one end. Shutterstock

Explainer: the mysterious missing magnetic monopole

Physicists have theorised about the existence of a magnetic monopole for decades, but we have yet to find one.
Refugees try to warm themselves with a fire at a refugee camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. EPA/Yannis Kolesidis

A bit of numeracy can take the heat out of the asylum debate

What a Nobel prize-winning physicist can teach us about about trying to deal with the current global crisis over asylum seekers and refugees.
A butterfly’s wing viewed through an optical microscope (left) and the scanning helium microscope (right). University of Newcastle

New helium microscope reveals startling details without frying the sample

A new scanning helium microscope offers the potential for capturing images with finer resolution than optical microscopes, but without damaging samples as with electron microscopes.

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