These University of California, Los Angeles, structural engineers are using downtown Los Angeles as a testbed to broaden the design of earthquake-resistant buildings to earthquake-resilient communities
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?
Armed with a small antenna, scientists make a giant discovery: Evidence of the first light from some of the first stars in the universe
Researchers have demonstrated how to create a super-strong aluminum alloy that rivals the strength of stainless steel, an advance with potential industrial applications
John Shuster, the captain of the U.S. Curling Team explains this unusual sport, and NSF-funded scientists Sam Colbeck explains the friction that makes it all work.
In this week's episode, we learn how infants retain information; how loud noise can affect birds; the underpinnings of snake locomotion and, finally, the existence of a hitherto unknown ancient Native American population
With computer-aided design models that a team of researchers is making available to the public, 3-D printing enthusiasts will be able to create objects out of commercially available plastics that can wirelessly communicate with other smart devices
Where do the stars in our galaxy come from?
Two independent teams of scientists, including one from the Joint Quantum Institute, have used more than 50 interacting atomic qubits to mimic magnetic quantum matter, surpassing the complexity of previous demonstrations
Have you ever wondered if planets are still being formed? Dr. Debra Fischer answers your question in this special "Mysteries of the Cosmos" edition of Ask a Scientist
With support from the National Science Foundation, solar plasma physicists at the University of Michigan study solar storms as they form and then barrel off the sun, sometimes hitting Earth with damaging force
Hybrid robot could perform search and rescue missions, research studies and environmental monitoring
National Science Foundation-funded research sheds new light on the role of the tail in locomotion
Georgia Tech researchers study the challenge that hummingbird-sized hawkmoth (Manduca sexta) must overcome while feeding on the nectar of its favorite flowers.
Neuroscientist Cindy Moss is investigating how animals use sensory information to guide their behavior. Her team at Johns Hopkins University's "Batlab" is currently focused on bat echolocation -- high frequency sonar calls a bat uses to determine the location of objects in its environment
New work calls into question the longstanding computer science tenet that software can automatically trust hardware sensors, which feed autonomous systems with fundamental data they need to make decisions
Scientists have found the key to mosquitoes' stealth takeoffs: They barely push off when making a fast getaway, but instead rely on strong and rapid wing beats to quickly get aloft without anyone noticing
Is the universe infinite and will it last forever? Saul Perlmutter, a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, answers your question in this special "Mysteries of the Cosmos" edition of Ask a Scientist
With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), engineers are designing and testing buildings to be more resilient to earthquakes and other seismic events
In this week's episode, we discover a new species of titanosaurian dinosaur and how airline boarding procedures might be making you sick; we explore a compact mass spectrometer for use in the field; and finally, we learn how vertebrate tails actually provide greater speed
On Aug. 17, 2017, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) and Virgo detected, for the first time, gravitational waves from the collision of two neutron stars