The Physics of Beer

It’s a common pub prank to tap the top of a friend’s beer, to make it suddenly erupt in froth. Funny to some people, annoying to others; but to Spanish physicist Javier Rodríguez-Rodríguez, intriguing. Rodríguez-Rodríguez, from the University Carlos III of Madrid, decided to investigate the strange phenomenon, and in the process has discovered a … Continue reading The Physics of Beer

Quantum pancake reveals clues to better electronics

First published on Cosmos Magazine site, 25/9/18 An experiment with a cloud of ultracold atoms squashed into a quantum pancake has revealed never-before seen quantum effects that could lead to more efficient electronics, including high temperature superconductors. A team at Swinburne University in Australia observed a quantum anomaly in lithium-6 gas cooled to a few … Continue reading Quantum pancake reveals clues to better electronics

Space technology for a world of problems

The benefits of satellites are far-reaching and versatile. They can improve productivity on farms, locate people stranded in disaster zones, and even track sports performance. Naohiko Kohtake’s research area of space once seemed among the least practical realms. But his work solves real-world problems for everyday people working on the land, looking for safety, or … Continue reading Space technology for a world of problems

A new spin on data storage

Seems physicists are inventing particles faster'n I can write about em. Who ever knew you could call a twisted magnetic field a particle? First published here:, 8 May 2017. -- Study into spirals of magnetic spin showcases potential of layered materials for future data storage Tiny spirals of magnetism called skyrmions could be used as … Continue reading A new spin on data storage