Sulawesi: A Seismological MysteryThe Sulawesi earthquake should not have produced tsunamis, but it did. Ben Johnson speaks to Professor James Jackson about how it happened, and how we could prepare for future incidentsThursday, 20 June 2019
A Bohmian RhapsodyMrittunjoy Guha Majumdar talks Bohmian mechanics, the 'causal interpretation' of the strange world of quantum mechanics.
Thursday, 6 June 2019
Let's Talk About SoilKasparas Vasiliauskas looks under our feet at some of the Earth's most overlooked material.Thursday, 9 May 2019
What if We Touched Mars?Patrick Lundgren reflects on the scientific and moral implications of humanity’s dream of space exploration coming true.
Friday, 7 July 2017
Lord Martin Rees: the Future and CatastropheLord Martin Rees is a former Master of Trinity College and an accomplished cosmologist and astrophysicist. He has been Astronomer Royal since 1995, and was President of the Royal Society between 2005 and 2010. Lord Rees spoke to Gabija Maršalkaite and Deyan Mihaylov.
Friday, 7 July 2017
Shakes and the CitySeán Thór Herron talks to Dr Emily So about preparing for earthquakes in urban areas
Sunday, 18 June 2017
Want to be the next Einstein?In case you somehow managed to miss it, physicists at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory in the U.S. have detected gravitational waves for the first time.Monday, 15 February 2016
Flu: How viral infection causes intestinal diseaseWhy do we often suffer from vomiting and diarrhoea during an influenza? Influenza is an infectious respiratory disease, whereas vomiting and diarrhoea are symptoms of a gastrointestinal disease. Researches have now found the mechanism by which they are connected.
Monday, 15 December 2014
New method for finding water on marsA young Washington-based undergraduate student Katie Wall, aged 21, has been looking for evidence that water influences crystal formation in...Thursday, 6 November 2014
Can sugar affect your memory?Western diet consumption, high in fat and sugar, is known to be linked to many negative health outcomes including diabetes...Wednesday, 8 October 2014
Feature: Eyes See?Robin Lamboll explores the unconscious side of sight
Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Why?My decision to start writing about cutting-edge Physics research, bringing it to as wide an audience as possible, is based on the assumption that people would be interested in reading about it.
Friday, 11 April 2014
Final flight of DiscoveryAfter a year of decommissioning, NASA’s flagship Space Shuttle Discovery has made its final flight, this time within Earth’s atmosphere...Tuesday, 24 April 2012
How to detect traces of explosivesScientists at the National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology in Trivandrum, India, have developed a simple method for detecting attogram (10-18 g) quantities of the explosive trinitrotoluene (TNT).
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
‘Great Lake’ on Jupiter’s moon may harbour lifeScientific analysis of the surface of Jupiter’s moon, Europa, suggests that warm water rises from its deep oceans to form shallow nutrient-rich lakes that could support life.
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
Earth's survival, thanks to the sacrifice of a gas giantNew research published by Dr. David Nesvorny of the Southwest Research Institute provides strong evidence that the solar system may initially have had five giant gas planets, as opposed to the current four.
Sunday, 1 January 2012
Review: Frank Close - Physics, Prizes and Phantom ParticlesWinning a Nobel Prize in neutrino physics, is all about longevity. That was the message of Professor Frank Close OBE to a joint audience from BlueSci, Cambridge University's Science Magazine, and the Cambridge University Physics Society.
Monday, 12 December 2011
Stars send out distress flaresAstronomers have revealed that stars send out distress flares as they’re torn apart by black holes.
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Bigger than the Big Bang - 2011 Nobel Prize in PhysicsThe 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Saul Perlmutter, Brian P. Schmidt and Adam G. Riess, whose efforts during the 1990s led to the astonishing conclusion that the rate of expansion of the Universe is increasing.
Wednesday, 12 October 2011
ReviewsCool It - Bjorn Lomborg
Monday, 3 October 2011
News: Issue 22Bat wing hairs act as airflow detectors
Monday, 3 October 2011
BlueSciFilm: Interview with Lord Martin ReesSita Dinanauth interviews Lord Martin Rees; Astronomer Royal and Master of Trinity College on his career in astrophysics research and his many prestigious accolades.
Monday, 12 September 2011
Serendipitous supercapacitorsThe unexpected discovery of a new three-dimensional porous carbon material could allow supercapacitors to rival the performance of the standard lead-acid battery.
Sunday, 22 May 2011
BlueSciFilm: Understanding ocean currentsBlueSciFilm interview Natalie Roberts, PhD student in the Department of Earth Sciences at Cambridge University, about her work as a paleoceanographer, studying circulation of water around the Atlantic and its association with climate change.Monday, 9 May 2011
Weird and WonderfulA selection of the wackiest research in the world of science
Saturday, 7 May 2011
News: Issue 21The Sun as we’ve never seen it before
Saturday, 7 May 2011
Antihelium discovered in STAR experimentPhysicists at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider have detected 18 examples of antihelium, breaking their own a world record for the heaviest particle of antimatter ever found.
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
The search for antimatterThis month the space shuttle Endeavour will make its final journey after a loyal 19 years service and its last...Thursday, 14 April 2011
Metamaterials for superheroesThe invisibility cloaks of comic books may not be all that far-fetched according to a paper recently published in the journal Nature. Their origins lie with the 19th Centrury physicist James Clerk Maxwell.
Thursday, 24 March 2011
Twirly-whirly electronsTransmission electron microscopes (TEM) are used to study and image a wide variety of materials due to their sub-nanometre resolving power. In a TEM electrons are shot through an object and adsorption, deflection and energy loss of the electrons is measured.
Saturday, 19 February 2011
Enjoying the VISTA2011 is already proving to be a significant year for astronomy. In addition to a conjunction of the planets, a partial solar eclipse and the Quadrantid meteor shower we have obtained spectacular new images of both the Andromeda galaxy and our home galaxy, the Milky Way.
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
The goldilocks body temperatureA new mathematical model has shed light on why mammals spend so much energy staying warm-blooded, a phenomenon that has long been poorly understood.
Friday, 7 January 2011
Closing the gender gapEducation researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder have claimed success in reducing the gender performance gap in physics exams using only a simple writing exercise.
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Let there be lightScientists from the University of Bonn in Germany have developed an entirely new source of light, based on a quantum...Saturday, 4 December 2010
Icy Mars mystery - solved?Scientists believe that they have finally found a theory to explain the phenomena of disappearing ice on Mars, also shedding light on the planet's water cycle.
Monday, 11 October 2010
On the origin of complexityTheoretical models have suggested that complexity comes with a cost, and the simplest organisms are the best at adapting to their environment. How then, have the most complex plants and animals evolved?
Friday, 8 October 2010
New mathematical model to aid biodiversity conservationA new theory of species diversity has been developed that predicts the number of species in an ecological community by mathematically accounting for the interdependent properties of individual species as well as those of the environment.
Thursday, 30 September 2010
A break-down in communicationsClimate change. Nuclear power. GM crops. Vaccines. Why is it that the general public is so often divided on issues that scientific experts largely agree on?
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
Sun + Plastic Sheet = EnergyResearchers from the University of Cambridge have developed a major improvement for organic solar cells, reporting their results in the...Tuesday, 31 August 2010
The passion and profession of Richard ErnstOn Wednesday 7 July, an audience of over a thousand scientists gathered to hear Nobel laureate Richard Ernst talk about the scientific investigations on Tibetian religious paintings known as thangkas.
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Scientists create artificial mini black holeChinese researchers at the Southeast University in Nanjing have successfully built an electromagnetic absorbing device for microwave frequencies. They have utilised the special properties of metamaterials- a class of ordered composites which can distort light and other waves.
Monday, 14 June 2010
Silk is the secret to honeycomb strengthEngineers from China and Cardiff have uncovered the microscopic structure of honeycomb, which is responsible for its impressive mechanical properties...Thursday, 20 May 2010
Bio-Gels for Drug DeliveryScientists at Ajou University in South Korea have designed a material that forms a gel in vivo and releases protein...Monday, 10 May 2010
Elegant Folding of Pollen GrainsThe structures adopted by pollen grains as they dry out have been analysed and modelled by a team of physicists...Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Book ReviewsLogicomix: An Epic Search for Truth
Monday, 3 May 2010
Focus: Lasers - Guiding us into the FutureBlueSci looks at how this physicist’s toy has become the tool of choice in so many areas of life and how they may play a vital role in solving the impending energy crisis.
Monday, 3 May 2010
Pavilion: Issue 17In chemistry, highly complex behaviour can follow from a number of simple rules. Drawings can be made by looking at the ways of developing complex, and profound, patterns from simple structures and techniques.
Monday, 4 January 2010
POSTS FROM 2009
Spying on catalystsA new method for measuring catalytic activity has been developed using nanoparticles ((E. M. Larsson et al., “Nanoplasmonic Probes of Catalytic Reactions,” Science 326, no. 5956 (2009): 1091-1094.)).
Friday, 30 October 2009
Focus: The Manhattan ProjectAs the UK government continues discussion on the renewal of Trident, our missile-based nuclear weapons arsenal, Bluesci looks back on the only two bombs ever to be used in war and Britain’s role as a nuclear power.
Thursday, 1 October 2009
Our Second-Hand UniverseA cyclic universe, bouncing through a series of ‘Big Bangs’ and ‘Big Crunches’, could solve the mystery of the cosmological constantThursday, 11 May 2006
POSTS FROM 2000
Brane new world of higher dimensionsWhy are there exactly three dimensions of space? Can there be more? These questions may lead to surprising consequences in our understanding of space and matterThursday, 23 November 2000
Mathematical enigma solved!It seems that two undergraduates studying in the Cambridge University, UK, have solved one of the most challenging mathematical mysteries. They managed to make a plot of two superimposed transcendental functions. See figure below.Sunday, 22 October 2000