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Surf's Up: How to Catch a Perfect Wave

Along coastlines from California to Australia, you'll see surfers trying to catch that perfect wave. How they find and ride that wave relies on feel and intuition, developed through skill and experience. Now researchers from the LadHyX Hydrodynamics...
13-Nov-2015 9:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

New Sensor Sends Electronic Signal When Estrogen Is Detected


Researchers in New Zealand have developed a new sensor that can detect low levels of E2, one of the primary estrogen hormones, in liquids. The sensor, described in the Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology B, has a simple design, gives real-time...
24-Nov-2015 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

A Flounder's Disappearing Act Explained by Physics


Simply oscillating its fins is all a flounder, a flat fish, needs to do to resuspend sand and quickly disappear beneath it to hide. By discovering the physics at play, researchers in France are hoping to provide a new flounder-inspired solution to a...
13-Nov-2015 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

And When the Bubbles Burst, Thunder in Neurons


In the fleeting moments after a liquid is subjected to a sudden change in pressure, microscopic bubbles rapidly form and collapse in a process known as cavitation. In the human brain, this is believed to be a mechanistic cause of traumatic brain...
16-Nov-2015 8:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Make Mine a Double-Shot, Zero-G Espresso


Last year Italy sent an espresso machine up to the ISS, and this inspired a team of researchers to study the related strange fluids phenomena in low gravity, such as espresso crema formation and containment of potentially hazardous drinks within a...
13-Nov-2015 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

How Do Fruit Flies Maintain Flight Stability?


Have you ever wondered why insects move in the funky ways they do? Or how physical laws shape the design of animals' sensors and neural computation for locomotion? These are a just a few of the questions Cornell University researchers are exploring...
19-Nov-2015 9:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Report: African-Americans Still Underrepresented in the Physical Sciences

African-American students remain underrepresented in physical science and engineering disciplines, according to a new report from the American Institute of Physics Statistical Research Center. The report shows that while the total number of...
23-Nov-2015 3:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

ONLINE PRESS CONFERENCE: Surfing, Sneezing, Flounders and Fur

Monday, Nov. 23: A Live Streamed Event on the Physics of Surfing, the Complex Secrets of the Sneeze, a Flounder’s Disappearing Act, and How Fur Keeps Animals Warm in Cold Water -- News from the 68th Annual Meeting of APS Division of Fluid Dynamics...
20-Nov-2015 8:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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Comment Available on 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics

6-Oct-2015 6:05 AM EDT

Under the Microscope: 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry; AIP Congratulates Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner

8-Oct-2014 10:45 AM EDT

Shedding Light on 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics: AIP CEO Fred Dylla Available for Comment on Significance of Blue LEDs for Science and Society

7-Oct-2014 6:00 AM EDT

Experts Available and Audio Commentary: Nobel Prize in Physics

4-Oct-2012 4:55 PM EDT

The Spin Racket: Ping-Pong Champs Are Intuitive Masters of Fluid Dynamics

Curve balls may help a pitcher strike out batters in baseball; and some nasty spin can make an opponent sweat to return a tennis serve. But more so than in any other ball game, in table tennis – where the ball is so light and so small –dedicated...
8-Aug-2012 10:00 AM EDT

Experts Available: Fluid Dynamics and Ship Experts Discuss the Science of the Costa Concordia

When the cruise liner Costa Concordia drew too close to shore near the Italian island of Giglio, a large rocky outcrop quickly sliced through the ship’s hull. While many questions about the dynamics at play during that disaster remain unanswered,...
27-Feb-2012 8:00 AM EST

Experts Available: Nobel Prize in Physics – Discovery, Impacts, and History

The Nobel Prize in Physics will be announced Tuesday, October 4. The prize is given for the most groundbreaking and influential research. Its history chronicles many of the discoveries that underpin not only modern technology, but also our...
30-Sep-2011 11:00 AM EDT

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