Community, students and scientists benefit from partnership to assess particulate matter pollution
Physics is the science of matter, energy, space and time. It looks both inward and outward, from the smallest subatomic particle to the vastness of the universe—and yet it is also intensely practical. 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 motions of the moon. What's happening here? Why do things work this way?
How long should a tail be for a swimming organism? Annette Peko Hosoi, professor and associate dean of engineering at MIT, answers the question on this edition of "Ask a Scientist."
Computer science team lights up faster, more secure data transmission to meet future demands
A new design for insulin that's easy to swallow, deep-sea surprise game changer for climate, catching reefs on the flip side and the physics of how bees chill.
Columbia Engineering researchers have created the first flat lens capable of correctly focusing a large range of colors of any polarization to the same focal spot without the need for any additional elements
Armed with a small antenna, scientists make a giant discovery: Evidence of the first light from some of the first stars in the universe
In theoretical research that could explain everything from planet formation to outflows from stars to even the settling of volcanic ash, Caltech researchers have discovered a new mechanism to explain how the act of dust moving through gas leads to clumps of dust
Columbia engineers have made white paint whiter -- and cooler -- by removing white pigment and inventing a polymer coating, with nano- to microscale air voids, that acts as a spontaneous air cooler and can be fabricated, dyed and applied like paint
A recent study shows that in fire ant colonies, a small number of workers does most of the digging
The world's largest outdoor earthquake simulator, operated by structural engineers at the University of California, San Diego, has received a $16.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to upgrade the facility to expand its testing capabilities
How have radio telescope discoveries impacted materials science?
How can someone discover a real planet in the solar system? Michael Brown of the California Institute of Technology answers the question in this special "Mysteries of the Cosmos" edition of "Ask a Scientist"
A team of Harvard University researchers spent months shaking and rattling swarms of thousands of honeybees to better understand how bees collectively collaborate to stabilize structures in the presence of external loads such as wind and rain
Four young scientists compete to give the best (and most-entertaining) three-minute explanation of a significant aspect of quantum technology to a family audience at the Museum of Science, Boston
Scientists have teamed up to create stretchable, flexible wires that conduct current and change colors to indicate that they're about to reach the breaking point
A structure that's part bow tie, part funnel that concentrates light powerfully and nearly indefinitely could make computers faster than microelectronics can
Harvard University researchers have developed a new printing method that uses soundwaves to generate droplets from liquids with an unprecedented range of composition and viscosity. This technique could finally enable the manufacturing of many new biopharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food and expand the possibilities of optical and conductive materials.
Survival of the laziest, weather whiplash and more
Why isn't Pluto a planet anymore? And what is a planet anyway? Astrophysicist Jackie Faherty explains!
National Science Foundation-funded researchers at Duke University have discovered how uniquely shaped artificial material or metamaterial can control the transmission, redirection and reflection of sound waves with almost perfect efficiency