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Physics begins with the everyday physical world around us—the blue of the sky, the colors of the rainbow, the fall of an apple, the motion of the moon. What’s happening here? Why do things work this way? Physics gives us many answers—along with an account of concepts such as force, motion, gravity, heat, light, electricity and magnetism that govern the everyday world.

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localized and mobile quantum states mix to form a new kind of magnetism

Electronic device innovation could benefit from a new kind of magnetism

Hastatic order may explain puzzling behavior exhibited by a variety of materials...

Research Areas: Physics

a gas cloud illuminates black holes at the center of the milky way

Hunting black holes with a gas cloud

Traveling gas cloud may illuminate black holes near the center of the Milky Way galaxy...

Research Areas: Physics, Astronomy & Space

university of kansas students work with the tsunami laser

A radar gun for electrons

Device remotely detects the speed of electric currents...

Research Areas: Physics, Engineering

depiction of the space-time curvature near a black hole

Toward a more realistic view inside black holes

Loop quantum gravity theory helps explain inner workings of these celestial powerhouses...

Research Areas: Physics

a small group gathers for deployment of the final group of digital optical modules

Insights Into the Beginnings of Cosmic Rays

Observations cause astronomers to reevaluate theory of cosmic ray generation...

Research Areas: Physics, Polar, Astronomy & Space

illustration of the veritas observatory detecting crab pulsar emission

Detecting Ultrahigh Energy Pulsars

VERITAS observations improve pulsar emission models...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space, Physics

model used to create prototype of the main linac seven-cell cavity

A Bright New Day for Synchrotron Sources

Undulators replace storage ring technology and produce ultrabright light pulses...

Research Areas: Physics, Engineering

image reconstruction of a nanofabricated test pattern

Looking in on the Nanoworld

Researchers achieve ultrahigh resolution with tabletop microscopes ...

Research Areas: Nanoscience, Engineering, Physics

researcher works with young children at science festival

Taking LIGO to the People

Traveling exhibit showcases gravitational wave observatory ...

Research Areas: Physics, Education

motion of an electron moving in a crystal lattice of ions

Swimming in the Fermi Sea

Researchers discover a new particle--the Fermi polaron ...

Research Areas: Physics

A bismuth atom in one slice of a silicon crystal.

Silicon As An Ever-improving Host for Quantum Information

Researchers demonstrate that information can be stored and manipulated using a single bismuth atom on a silicon substrate....

Research Areas: Chemistry & Materials, Physics

magnetic field reversals in the heliotail result in the naturally occurring tevatron accelerator

The Solar System's Particle Accelerator

Direction of cosmic ray arrivals suggests solar wake acts as a natural tevatron ...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space, Physics

atacama cosmology telescope image of galaxy cluster

El Gordo Galaxy Cluster

Massive group of galaxies is a gold mine for astronomers...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space, Physics

artist's rendering of the measurement of the kinematic sunyaev-zel'dovich effect

Validating an Astrophysical Speedometer

Astronomers directly measure the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space, Mathematics, Physics

3-d visualization of gravitational waves

Testing LIGO's Sensitivity

Workflow software helps LIGO pass signal test ...

Research Areas: Computing, Astronomy & Space, Physics

equipment to purify underground argon collected in colorado

Underground Argon Aids Dark Matter Search

Gas find hastens construction of more sensitive dark matter detector...

Research Areas: Physics, Astronomy & Space

Artist's concept of environment around supermassive black hole

Quasar's Jet Can Alter the Evolution of an Entire Galaxy

Energy from a supermassive black hole can alter the evolution of an entire galaxy, possibly ending its growth...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space, Physics

students with equipment to test aerogel detector

High-school Students Search for Kaons

Budding scientists build subatomic particle detector...

Research Areas: Physics, Education

map of PhysTEC member institutions across the U.S.

PhysTEC Addresses Shortage of Physics Teachers

Coalition's efforts emphasize physics training for student teachers...

Research Areas: Education, Physics

dust ring around fomalhaut--one of the brightest stars in the sky

ALMA Reveals Nearby Planetary System

Observations give clues about how planetary systems form and evolve...

Research Areas: Astronomy & Space, Physics

profile of the electron cloud around a positron beam

Extending the Life of Particle Colliders

Suppressing the electron cloud effect improves collider performance...

Research Areas: Physics

andromeda  galaxy's older stellar population

Insights Into a Star's Later Life

Unstable nuclei play a role in the demise and eventual collapse of stars...

Research Areas: Physics, Astronomy & Space

two molecules of the same chemical in one crystal distort differently when exposed to light

Capturing a Crystal's Molecular Movement

Fast X-ray experiments reveal the hidden behavior of molecules in crystals...

Research Areas: Chemistry & Materials, Physics

Turbulent mixing shows high degree of order in experiments

The Order in Turbulent Mixing

Fluid flows created under turbulent conditions are not completely chaotic...

Research Areas: Physics, Astronomy & Space

side view of flexible sheet moving in water

Creating Robotic Swimmers From Plastic Sheets

Researchers discover why flexible sheets move like eels in water...

Research Areas: Chemistry & Materials, Physics

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