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