Tagged: physics

The world’s blackest material

What you’re looking at is a physical object that’s been sprayed with Vantablack – the blackest material known to science. r with Vantablack was invented by British researchers back in 2014, and soon after,...

NASA releases free software catalog

NASA has released its 2017-2018 software catalog, which offers an extensive portfolio of software products for a wide variety of technical applications, all free of charge to the public, without any royalty or copyright...

Impact of extraterrestrial contact

Scientific literature and science fiction put forward various models of the ways in which extraterrestrial and human civilizations might interact. Their predictions range widely, from sophisticated civilizations that could advance human civilization in many...

The science of Interstellar

Interstellar, from acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Nolan, takes us on a fantastic voyage far beyond our solar system. Yet in The Science of Interstellar, Kip Thorne, the theoretical physicist who assisted Nolan on the scientific...

Entropy/Complexity

It’s misleading to make out entropy is just the universe’s tendency towards disorder. Like most things in physics, it’s much bigger than that, and more convoluted. But ‘winding down’ is a big part of...

Distinct lack of aliens

Brightest burst of radio waves detected The search for mysterious “fast radio bursts” – very brief but intense pulses of radio waves from outer space – is heating up. Nobody knows what causes these powerful...

Fusion energy explained

Fusion is the process which powers the sun and the stars. It is energy that makes all life on earth possible. It is called ‘fusion’ because the energy is produced by fusing together light...