Spilled milk explains why we have economic downturns

New research connects economics and physics to get at why we have regular economic downturns—and how they're a lot like milk spilling on the floor.

Duke University
March 25, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology economics milk money physics

Is this what our solar system’s ‘force field’ looks like?

There's a protective bubble around our solar system called the heliosphere. New research may bridge the divide between two major theories.

Kate Becker-Boston University
March 20, 2020 | futurity

~9 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology heliosphere physics solar-systems solar-wind space stars

Can round beads ‘kill off’ high-pitched sounds?

Materials made from tapered chains of spherical beads could help dampen high-pitched sounds, say theoretical physicists.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo
March 18, 2020 | futurity

~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology physics sounds

The quest to find the graviton may need to go quantum

A new study suggests a new approach to the search for the graviton: investigating gravity at the quantum level.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara
March 16, 2020 | futurity

~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology gravity physics quantum-physics space

Axions could unlock the mystery of why you exist

When our universe was born, the meeting of matter and antimatter should have annihilated each other. That means that nothing—no Earth, no sun, no galaxies, no humans—would exist. But we do.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan
March 12, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology antimatter big-bang physics

Team creates longest microwave quantum link yet

Physicists have demonstrated the longest-yet microwave quantum link. It spans five meters and could benefit future quantum computer networks.

Oliver Morsch-ETH Zurich
March 5, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology physics quantum-mechanics temperature

Why some water droplets bounce on impact

Oddly, some water droplets hitting a surface bounce without ever actually touching it. New research explains why that is.

Alice Scott-Warwick
Feb. 26, 2020 | futurity

~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology liquids physics water

Team breaks reciprocity in acoustic waves

New research in the field of spacetime-varying metamaterials demonstrates the ability to break reciprocity in acoustic waves.

Cory Nealon-Buffalo
Feb. 19, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology metamaterial physics

New engine would use an explosion to blast spacecraft into orbit

Researchers have taken a first step toward the "rotating detonation engine," which could make rockets more fuel-efficient and lightweight.

Sarah McQuate-Washington
Feb. 19, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology engines physics space spacecraft

‘Zee burst’ model could clarify ultra-high energy neutrinos

"The 'Zee burst' mechanism provides a new tool to probe nonstandard interactions using the ultra-high energy neutrinos at IceCube."

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL
Feb. 11, 2020 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology neutrinos physics

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