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.
Liquid water develops different properties above around 50℃.
Size doesn't always matter when it comes to the pitch of your voice, especially if you're an aquatic mammal.
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.
Einstein's theories of relativity underpin our understanding of the universe, yet they're not taught in high school. How can we change that?
A new highly sensitive detector is being built one kilometre underground in a gold mine to detect the elusive dark matter.
Scientific breakthroughs in graphene production and nuclear fusion may help us build the super space stations of the future.
With current modes up against their limits, we need new data storage solutions. Tiny defects in diamonds' atomic structure might turn them into a new medium for memory.
Forget solid, liquid, gas. This research used advanced math to theorize about topological phases of matter. And over the years experiments with matter and cold atoms have been validating the ideas.
There's no Nobel Prize in mathematics, but math undergirds much high-level science. The 2016 Nobel in Physics rewards work in topology, a branch of math with multiple real world applications.
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.
Amatrice's still-standing ancient clocktower has become an iconic image from last week's deadly earthquake. But it is not the only unusual survivor.
Mysterious radiation that appears to come from star HD 164595 is more likely to have a terrestrial origin.
The vast majority of matter in the universe is plasma: electrically charged gas. Scientists are untangling how dust interacts with plasma both in space and experimentally closer to home.
Physicists have theorised about the existence of a magnetic monopole for decades, but we have yet to find one.
Physics says Game of Thrones dragons can fly. Whoever said maths was useless?
First tip: learn to wobble.
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 new scanning helium microscope offers the potential for capturing images with finer resolution than optical microscopes, but without damaging samples as with electron microscopes.
Nanophotonics deals with photons at the nanometre scale, and it's set to transform everything from internet speeds to turning your smartphone into a portable science lab.