Let there be light, sound, fluids and quantum weirdness

We love physics in all its forms, from new research on mind-bending concepts like quantum weirdness and spooky action at a distance to the science of sounds and fluids to all the forces that push, pull, stick and slip. Here we tackle the macroscopic, the subatomic, the strange, the cool, the groundbreaking and the obscure.

Giorgio Parisi’s work, which won him a share of the 2021 Nobel Prize in physics, has a surprisingly wide range of applications.
Will Sullivan, Staff Writer
Scientists need to pin down the lifetime to better understand fundamental physics questions, like how the universe evolved.
Will Sullivan, Staff Writer
Physicists say a universal theory that describes everything from light reflecting in tea cups to black holes can explain why apples have a dip at the top.
Jessica Orwig, Contributor
Meteorologists, oceanographers and snipers have to account for this deformation.
Will Sullivan, Staff Writer
Two scientists share the prize for modeling Earth's climate, while a third is honored for discovering hidden patterns in the behavior of disordered complex materials.
Catherine Meyers, Editor
Noisy measurements of gravitational waves may illuminate what links gravity to other fundamental forces.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
The properties of friction change from one situation to the next, so a universal explanation doesn't exist.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
The shock of the blast created the right conditions for the elusive structures.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
Scientists have crushed the quest for room temperature superconductors, but only at ridiculously high pressures.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
New research reveals how that familiar click of two things locking together works.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
The surprise finding was observed when the fluids moved through specially treated tiny tubes.
Peter Gwynne, Contributor
The hydrogen compound requires extremely high pressure to maintain its extraordinary properties.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor