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This list was updated in July 2013.
2003 Term 3 July

  • The proton has a different size in different nuclei

  • Stars make an early entrance

  • Why is the tropopause getting higher?

  • Nanoscale sensor approaches the quantum regime

  • Picosecond x-ray crystallography

  • Fast and slow light made easy

  • High-t squids produce magnetocardiograms

  • Star out of round

  • Where did the moon come from?

  • Nuclear physicists confirm element 110 discovery

  • Room-temperature single-electron devices made easier


2003 August

  • A "water hammer" powers up sonoluminescence. 

  • Heavy elements lend weight to early stars

  • Ultra-low-energy electrons can break up uracil

  • Potassium-40 heats up earth's core

  • The conventional theory of dark matter

  • Thermopower in a spin

  • Transistors go transparent

  • Supermassive black hole binary might lurk in nearby galaxy

  • Starquakes shed light on stellar evolution

  • Positronium puzzle is solved

  • Organic devices get back on track

  • Where do supernovae come from?

  • Quantum logic gate lights up


2003 Term 4 No 1

  • The physics of spear throwing

  • Cellophane, polarisation and 3D images

  • Longest half life discovered

  • Negative refractive index materials


2003 Term 4 No 2

  • Lasers tackle radioactive waste

  • Horizontal Brazil Nut Effect

  • A single atom laser

  • General Relativity passes Cassini test


2004 Term 1 January

  • The relativity of time has been affirmed with new higher precision

  • Is the universe a dodecahedron?

  • A new type of medium interface features negative refraction


2004 Term 1 No 1

    • Extracting electricity from water

    • The black hole at the centre of our galaxy is spinning

    • New use for synchrotron radiation

    • Optical fibres in Australian medical breakthrough


2004 Term 1 No 2

  • Articles on Physics Education

  • Magnetic monopoles

  • Controlled fusion


2004 Term 1 No 3

  • Rainbows

  • Double pulsar find to test relativity

  • Large galaxies formed surprisingly early

  • large scale structures in the early universe

  • The special effects (SFX) of physics


2004 Term 1 No 4

  • Discovery of Element No 115

  • Particle - Wave Duality or De-coherence


2004 Term 1 No 5

1. Most distant Galaxy ever seen.

2. Bubble Fusion: Fusion with Sonoluminescence

3. Photonic crystal lasers
2004 Term 1 No 6

1. The Accelerating Expansion of the Universe

2. Negative refractive index and Left Hand Materials
2004 Term 2 No 1

1. More on Bubble Fusion

2. The first pure Carbon magnet

3. Ultrasound imaging goes supersonic


2004 Term 2 No 2

1. Greatly Improved Solar Cells

2. Illuminating the Dark Ages of the Universe

3. A Nuclear Car Wash


2004 Term 2 No 3

1. Search for Dark Matter

2. Persistent holes have been observed in a shaken fluid (see the video)

3. Our universe has a topology scale of at least 24 Gpc, or about 75 billion light years


2004 Term 3 No 1

1. Reversing time to catch snipers

2. Microwave tissue welding

3. Hidden black holes come into view


2004 Term 3 No 3

1. Nanotubes as light filaments

2. Astrophysics project for students wins outreach award

3. Teleportation breaks new ground

4. Supersonic boom for ultrasound
2004 Term 3 No 4


  1. A good news story about photonics

  2. Galaxies way ahead of their time

  3. Phononic crystals bring sound to a focus

  4. Why do transformers hum?


2004 Term 4 No 1

  1. Newly created anti-Hydrogen atoms

  2. Braiding patterns in flowing streams

  3. Five photon Entanglement


2004 Term 4 No 2

  1. Nanotube dynamos

  2. The World’s smallest Atomic Clock

  3. Making Stellar Magnetic Fields in a Jar

  4. Can the chemical environment affect nuclear properties?


2004 Term 4 No 3

  1. Explosive breakthrough: Conservation of momentum

  2. Twenty million amps of current

  3. Finding a vein using infra red

  4. Composite fibres light up


2005 Term 1 No 2

  1. The sound of the early universe.

  2. Is special relativity wrong?


2005 Term 1 No 3

  1. X-ray satellite detects black hole

  2. A pea-sized magnetometer

  3. Laser lightning rod


2005 Term 1 No 4

  1. Mercator of The Nuclear World

  2. NIST unveils smallest atomic clock

  3. A small step for extrasolar planets


2005 Term 1 No 6

  1. Anti-Hydrogen Production Under Laser Control

  2. Monster star blast 'brighter than full Moon'

  3. Magnetic effects seen in water


2005 Term 2 No 1

  1. Einstein's revolutionary paper and other articles from Physics World

  2. Zeptogram Mass Detection---Weighing Molecules.

  3. No Splash On The Moon. 

  4. First light from exoplanets.


2005 Term 2 No 2

  1. Counting electrons one by one

  2. A device that can detect single photons

  3. X-Ray Thunderbolt.


2005 Term 2 No 3

  1. A Natural Nuclear Reactor In Gabon.

  2. Controlling Brain Waves. 

  3. "Optical Vortices" Might Extract Abundant Information From Matter


2005 Term 2 No 4

a) First Evidence for Entanglement of Three Macroscopic Objects

b) Have we seen the first "dark galaxy"?

c) Swimming in Newtonian Space.  


2005 Term 2 No 5

a. Optics enters the single-cycle regime

b Supernova Debris On Earth

c New transistor breaks speed record


2005 Term 2 No 6

a) Magnetars - stars with magnetic fields a thousand million million times stronger than Earth's

b) The Smallest Electric Motor in the World

c) A Single-Protein Wet Biotransistor


2005 Term 2 No 7

a) A New Kind Of Thermal Equilibrium

b) Solving three planetary mysteries at once
2005 Term 3 No 1

a) Room Temperature Liquid Sodium

b) Using the Large Hadron Collider to study High Energy Density Physics?

c) An Antenna for Visible Light


2005 Term 3 No 2

  1. Treating Lung Cancer with 4D Protons. 

  2. Gravity is normal down to the 100-Nm level


2005 Term 3 No 4

a) Why is the Sky Blue, and not Violet?

b) Timing electrons

c) Superlens breaks optical barrier

d) William Rowan Hamilton: mathematical genius

e) When physicists reigned supreme


2005 Term 3 No 5

a) How the Earth spins

b) Big stars like to feed from dust

c) The physics of pasta


2005 Term 4 No 1

a) Comet reveals its secrets

b) Power walking

c) Room Temperature Ice


2005 Term 4 No 2

a) A New "Phase" For Biological Imaging.

b) Cold plasmas

c) Weighing the Amazon River


2005 Term 4 No 3

a) Harnessing flea power to create near-perfect rubber.

b) Telescope bigger than Earth nets international award

c) Monitoring the Moon

d) Global challenges: A global role for physics

e) The 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics

f) Did warm waters fuel Hurricane Katrina?
2005 Term 4 No 4

a) New pill gets a grip

b) Heavy ions damage DNA

c) It takes two (gamma ray bursts)

d) Amazing Light: Visions of Discovery
2005 Term 4 No 5

a) Super Lensing in the Mid Infrared.

b) Walking Molecules.

c) Detecting Alzheimer's Early with Non-Invasive Optical Tools.


2005 Term 4 No 6

a) Sound waves target new applications

b) Does God play dice?

c) Sound ideas


2006 Term 1 No 1

a) Scalable Quantum Computer Chip For Atomic Qubits

b) Why Are Some Coleoptera Beetles Blue?

c) Cruise control avoids jams (Traffic Simulation Applet is available)


2006 Term 1 No 2

a) How physics can improve your rugby throw-ins

b) Nuclear Molecule: Nature's Smallest Dumbbell
2006 Term 1 No 3

a) Light and atoms get entangled

b) Superhydrophobic Surface
2006 Term 1 No 4

a) Fluid lenses feel the pressure

b) New type of star discovered

c) Quantum gravity for real


2006 Term 2 No 1

a) Astronomers find a mixed-up solar system

b) Stock Market Criticality.

c) Three's company: Two new moons orbiting around Pluto


2006 Term 2 No 2

a) What would happen if we rewound the tape and let science develop again from scratch?

b) The threat from above

c) Atom Wires


2006 Term 2 No 3

a) An Ion Temperature of 2 to 3 Billion Kelvin (the photograph is worth checking out)

b) The oldest explosion in the universe

c) Using Fibre Optics to Pinpoint Structural Problems Early


2006 Term 2 No 4

a) Geomagnetic flip may not be random after all

b) Incoherent boost for light surgery

c) New look for comets

d) Galaxy simulation breaks new ground

e) The Mpemba effect: Does hot water freeze first?


2006 Term 2 No 5

a) A future for nuclear power

b) Geomagnetic flip may not be random after all

c) Inner-ear mystery solved

d) Hurricane intensity linked to warmer oceans
2006 Term 2 No 6

a) New look for comets

b) New direction for cosmic radiation

c) A new look for bifocals

d) Water drops bounce into action
2006 Term 3 No 1

a) Liquid Flowing Uphill; Might be used to cool Chips (check out the videos)

b) Sunlight on a Chip.

c) A Submersible Holographic Microscope.


2006 Term 3 No 2

a) Optical rotation sheds light on vacuum

b) Hottest topic in physics revealed

c) Top papers

d) WMAP data put cosmic inflation to the test
2006 Term 3 No 3

a) LEDs move into the ultraviolet

b) Magnetic fields go to the maximum

c) Change of focus for liquid crystals

d) How to make an object invisible
2006 Term 3 No 4

a) Waste matters

b) Antinuclear call to arms

c) Engineering a better physicist

d) Gravity's dark side
2006 Term 3 No 5

a) A new angle on throwing

b) Asian Storms push the Earth around.

c) Can String Theory Explain Dark Energy? (more of a challenge)


2006 Term 3 No 6

a) Dune Tunes or why is Squeaky Beach squeaky?

b) Physicists solve pebble mystery

c) Chemical Transistor

d) Impedance matching: Content & Execution, Curiosity & Guided Learning
2006 Term 4 No 1

a) The sound of silence - Infrasound

b) Titan in pictures

c) Ships shed light on geomagnetic field

d) New look for "Newton's bucket"
2006 Term 4 No 2

a) Superconducting wire breaks record

b) How Triton met Neptune

c) Where did all the lithium go?

d) Galaxy survey fails to add up

e) COBE team wins cosmology prize


2006 Term 4 No 3

a) Making radioactive scorpion venom therapy safe.

b) Organic transistors act as sensors

c) Atom optics moves into space

d) Gravity lens reveals dark matter

e) Pulsars prove Einstein right (nearly)


2006 Term 4 No 4

a) Now you see it, now you don't

b) Splashing out against tumours

c) Ellipsoidal Universe.


2006 Term 4 No 5

a) Impossible supernova confounds astronomers

b) Japan launches satellite to study the Sun

c) A Single-Pixel Digital Camera


2006 Term 4 No 6

a) Researchers discover element 118

b) Invisibility cloak unveiled in the US

c) Changing blood-cell shapes provide clues for fighting disease.

d) Antiprotons excel at cancer treatment
2006 Term 4 No 7

a) Sound science behind glowing sugar

b) Chiral liquid splits light by polarisation

c) Slow-Motion Boiling.


2006 Term 4 No 8

a) Unwired Energy.

b) Dark energy dates back nine billion years
2006 Term 4 No 9

a) James Clerk Maxwell: a force for physics

b) Binary star pulsates with high-energy gamma rays

c) Thinning thermosphere gives satellites a boost


2006 Term 4 No 10

The Best Physics Stories of 2006 from



  1. The Institute of Physics (UK)

  2. The American Institute of Physics


2007 Term 1 No 1

a) "Smust" soaks up ethane on Titan

b) Microparticles feel the pinch

c) Electron spin measured without destruction

d) Gadget recharging goes wireless

e) Measuring absolute magnetic moments.


2007 Term 1 No 2

a) “The book of nature” by Galileo

b) A sticky problem: Friction

c) Binary star pulsates with high-energy gamma rays


2007 Term 1 No 3

a) Magnets take the spin out of blood separation

b) Stars meet a darker death

c) X-Ray Rainbow.


2007 Term 1 No 4

a) Optical clocks strike again

b) Sea-level rise could be greater than IPCC predictions, warns physicist

c) Warm Detectors Look at Brain Magnetism.


2007 Term 1 No 5

a) Cosmic structure explained without dark matter

b) Blogging for physics

c) Talking physics in the social Web

d) Measuring the force to unzip DNA: Direct Force Sensing at the PicoNewton level.
2007 Term 1 No 6

a) Dark-matter map points to galaxy formation

b) NMR finds holes in nuclear waste storage

c) Einstein's Tea Leaves inspire New Blood-Separation Technique at Monash Uni.


2007 Term 1 No 7

a) Pendulum swings away from dark energy

b) Tropical beetle has the brightest whites

c) "Crowd turbulence" has deadly consequences


2007 Term 2 No 1

a) Mankind to blame for global warming says IPCC

b) Maxwell's demon tamed

c) Ulysses in the Underworld (Satellite in polar orbit around the Sun)


2007 Term 2 No 2

a) Molten sodium mimics Earth's magnetic-field flipping

b) Bacterium battles against the current

c) Magnetic fields put the heat on neutron stars


2007 Term 2 No 3

a) New lower limit set for Newton’s law

b) Twin spacecraft take first 3D images of the Sun

c) Fibonacci spirals in nature could be stress-related


2007 Term 2 No 4

a) Islamic "quasicrystals" predate Penrose tiles

b) Sunlight puts asteroids in a spin

c) Ghostly ring provides strong evidence for dark matter

d) Physics and Progress. Why do science?
2007 Term 2 No 5


  1. 2 terabytes of hi-res Mars photos released. http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/

b) Relativity trick slashes computing times

c) Newton’s Second Law of Motion tested to new limits

d) Efficient Solar Cells at University of NSW
2007 Term 2 No 6

a) Black-hole eclipse sizes up X-ray source

b) Quantum physics says goodbye to reality

c) Carl Friedrich von Weizsacker: 1912—2007


2007 Term 3 No 1

a) Photosynthesis takes a leaf out of the quantum book

b) Gravity Probe B backs general relativity

c) The Physics of Utensils

d) Molten core solves mystery of Mercury's magnetic field
2007 Term 3 No 2

a) Bright outlook for solar cells

b) Energy solutions

c) Do we need nuclear power?

d) A new dawn for nuclear power

e) A future for nuclear power


2007 Term 3 No 3

a) Physicists SCORE for third world

b) Angling for the best knot

c) Magnifying Superlens resolves details as small as 70 nm

d) Ripping Fluids.
2007 Term 3 No 4

a) Son et Lumiere

b) Turning Heat into Electricity through Sound

c) Wireless power a reality


2007 Term 3 No 5

a) Two relativity tests are better than one

b) No-way physics

c) Steel balls make a splash in sand

d) Nuclear Event Rating Scale.
2007 Term 3 No 6

a) Negative refraction gets natural

b) Driving the hydrogen economy

c) "Cosmic forgetfulness" shrouds time before the Big Bang

d) Scuffed spheres rise to the top
2007 Term 3 No 7

a) All-Optical Magnetic Recording

b) Dark-energy teams win cosmology prize

c) First "heat transistor" unveiled

d) Water found on distant planet
2007 Term 4 No 1

a) Liquid jets bounce along

b) Nanostructures help mosquitoes walk on water

c) Light collapses step-by-step

d) Ultrasound Warning Signal for Breast Cancer.
2007 Term 4 No 2

a) Miniaturising Proton Therapy.

b) Physicists hit the rippled road - No easy way to avoid ‘washboards’ (Ed note: i.e. Corrugations)

c) Earth could survive a red-giant Sun. Distant planet avoids a fiery death


2007 Term 4 No 3

a) Gravity in the Solar System game

b) Stringy ‘filaments’ could have produced first stars

c) A matter-antimatter molecule


2007 Term 4 No 5

a) Single-photon microwave source fits on a chip

b) Team honoured for studies of drapes and tablecloths.

c) Cosmic-ray mystery solved at last


2008 Term 1 No 1

a) ‘Cosmic Train Wreck’ Stumps Dark-Matter Physicists

b) Ideal materials make for perfect invisibility

c) Physicists discover new layer in Earth’s mantle


2008 Term 1 No 2

a) Magic cluster rules for hydrogen storage

b) Sticky walls slow mixing

c) Electron microscope breaks half-Angstrom barrier


2008 Term 1 No 3

a) The physics of Sailing

b) Gamma Rays from Thunderclouds

c) Granular Liquids with Zero Surface Tension.


2008 Term 1 No 4

a) Two is a crowd for quantum particles, double slit probes the limits of decoherence

b) The discovery of the accelerating universe

c) Hydrogen-Seven


2008 Term 1 No 5

a) Gravity Aftermath of Deadly Earthquake

b) Controlling Cardiac Chaos - a gentler approach

c) The Highest- Energy Cosmic Rays.


2008 Term 2 No 1

a) The Darkest Material Ever Made

b) Acoustic Cloaking

c) Shattering Viruses


2008 Term 2 No 2

a) Negative refraction ‘could trap rainbows’

b) Relativity passes new test of time

c) Tissue Stiffness as a Measure of a Health.


2008 Term 2 No 3

a) Dark passions: Understanding the accelerating universe is almost as difficult as deciding who should gain credit for its discovery

b) Dark energy: the decade ahead: The enduring mystery of the accelerating universe

c) The World’s Smallest Diamond Ring made by scientists at University of Melbourne

d) Diamond Qubits
2008 Term 2 No 4

a) Astronomers get clear view of’ blazar’

b) Quasar tests general relativity to the limit.

c) Astronomers watch as star dies


2008 Term 2 No 5

a) Shedding light on life. Why new fluorescence-microscopy techniques are proving a challenge for physicists and biologists alike

b) Spot the physicist. Differentiating between expertise and knowledge can be tricky.

c) Beauty in simplicity. What would you choose as the most beautiful science experiment ever performed?


2008 Term 2 No 6

a) GLAST blasts off in search of gamma rays.

b) The secrets of random packing.

c) Synchrotron proves Europeans were not the first painters to use oils.


2008 Term 3 No 1

a) Terahertz laser source shines at room temperature

b) Ultracold atoms could make highly sensitive ‘spirit level’

c) 'Polaritonics' forges ahead. Particles that are 'half-matter and half-light' could be used in optoelectronics devices.


2008 Term 3 No 2

a) 'Double-walled' nanotube measures mass of single gold atom

b) Moving to the music. Doppler effect can make happy music sound sad

c) Liquid mirror shows promise for adaptive optics. Device is controlled by an array of magnetic coils


2008 Term 3 No 3

a) The Highest- Energy Cosmic Rays.

b) Short Light.

c) Motion of exploding stars could shed light on dark energy.


2008 Term 3 No 4

a) Greenhouse Warming is Classical

b) Xenon Ketchup and the Shuttle Disaster

c) New Form of Artificial Radioactivity


2008 Term 3 No 5

a) A Moon Like Ours is rarely Formed

b) Finding the Higgs Boson

c) World on Fire (bush fires)


2008 Term 4 No 1

a) LHC Background and Update

b) Giant Piezoresistance.

c) World's Strongest Material


2008 Term 4 No 2

a) The 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics

b) 'Stamp' method brings bendy, transparent solar cells

c) Scientists solve fluid puzzle: Understanding of how air flow separates could improve vehicle efficiency.


2008 Term 4 No 3

a) Magnetic shield could protect spacecraft

b) Electrons put a new spin on chirality. Could radiation striking magnetic materials be responsible for the 'handedness' of biological molecules?

c) Sticky tape takes X-ray images


2008 Term 4 No 4

a) Bendy wires generate AC power. Device could supply energy to medical implants.

b) Gamma Rays from Thunderclouds

c) Controlling Cardiac Chaos


2008 Term 4 No 5

a) Leader of the Pack. A new study shows why it’s sometimes better to stay out front.

b) What President-Elect Obama Needs To Know About Physics. Quiz included

c) Using Sunlight More Efficiently


2009 Term 1 No 1

  1. Experiment resolves century-old optics mystery. Minkowski proved wrong about momentum of light

  2. A feast of visualization: A gallery of stunning images

  3. Micromotor could navigate human bloodstream.


2009 Term 1 No 2

a) Electricity unplugged (wireless electricity)

b) Unification could be ripe for the picking: 'Falling apples' may reveal new physics

c) Casimir effect goes negative. Bizarre vacuum force is repulsive, as well as attractive


2009 Term 1 No 3

a) Magnetic fields could reveal exoplanets. Astrophysicists propose new way of viewing the heavens

b) Breaking new ground. The ability to predict earthquakes

c) Hollywood physics


2009 Term 1 No 4

a) High-temperature superconductors are centre stage once again

b) Rewards of renewables

c) Quantum of culture


2009 Term 1 No 5

a) Eyeballing the universe

b) The Internet Plasma Physics Education Experience

c) Cosmic-ray mystery deepens. High-energy hotspots puzzle cosmologists


2009 Term 1 No 6

a) The Galileo affair

b) Better Detection of Thyroid Cancer

c) Tunnel junction relates degrees Kelvin to Boltzmann constant


2009 Term 1 No 7

a) Battery charges in a hurry

b) Supernovae recorded in the Antarctic ice

c) Power source from human vibrations


2009 Term 1 No 8

a) China experiments with solar-thermal power

b) Physicists find new material for storing hydrogen

c) Alpha Centauri might harbour an ‘Earth’


2009 Term 2 No 1

a) Satellite images show the effect of the L’Aquila earthquake

b) Where does space begin?

c) Metamaterial focuses ultrasound.


2009 Term 2 No 2

a) The Physics of the Web

b) Making physics popular. Writing about physics for the public.

c) Particulate pollution cuts carbon dioxide, model shows.


2009 Term 2 No 3

a) Two cultures’ turns 50

b) Physicists take a step closer to carbon-based electronics

c) Invisibility cloaks go optical


2009 Term 2 No 4

a) Bright white light from organic LEDs.

b) Antarctic input to rising oceans 'overestimated'

c) Europe launches cosmic explorers.


2009 Term 2 No 5

a) Measuring the size of a black hole

b) Collisions between carbon dioxide molecules can affect greenhouse warming.

c) Imaging a pair of human chromosomes in 3D using Synchrotron light


2009 Term 2 No 6

a) Signs of Dark Matter?

b) Nanotube speakers

c) Physics and Archeology


2009 Term 3 No 1

a) A model approach to climate change

b) 100 DVDs on one disc within three years?

c) Seeing the quantum world


2009 Term 3 No 2

a) Thunderclouds accelerate cosmic electrons

b) Could the Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope detect dark matter within a year?

c) Lasers look inside human bones


2009 Term 3 No 3

a) The Earth – for physicists

b) Cloud feedback could accelerate global warming

c) Thermoacoustic engine powers stove, fridge and electricity generator


2009 Term 3 No 4

a) Insect makes use of ‘liquid crystal’ structure for optical effect

b) Einstein’s Random Walk

c) Tiny device is first complete 'quantum computer'


2009 Term 3 No 5

a) Milky Way in line for aggressive three-way merger

b) Geoengineering could be needed to halt climate change

c) Illuminating Physics for Students


2009 Term 4 No 1

a) Fixing bones with dissolvable glass

b) Fisheye gives new route to perfect images

c) Michelson–Morley experiment is best yet


2009 Term 4 No 2

a) Herschel telescope views deep-space pearls on a cosmic string

b) Earth's 'hum' reveals hidden depth

c) Propelling bacteria ease liquid flow


2009 Term 4 No 3

a) Astronomy night at the White House

b) Science's answer to the Backstreet Boys

c) Creating 'Schrödinger's virus' in the lab


2009 Term 4 No 4

a) 60 Symbols (short videos on 60 symbols in physics)

b) Physicists shed light on mysterious battlefield injury

c) Breath-testing for cancer using gold


2009 Term 4 No 5

a) Special relativity passes key test

b) Dark-matter paper raises questions over data sharing. Is it unfair that NASA data is made immediately available to all?

c) Colliding Particles: Short films to get you ready for the switch-on of the Large Hadron Collider


2009 Term 4 No 6

a) High-energy protons could yield compact source for cancer therapy

b) A lively chat BBC Radio 4 about the history of radiation (Other talks are available)

c) Elspeth Drayson: life in the fast lane


2009 Term 4 No 7

a) The biomedical attraction of magnetic nanoparticles

b) Plasmas have healing powers. Low-temperature ions can sterilize hands and wounds

c) Fish inspire wind farm configuration


2010 Term 1 No 1

a) Attacking tumours with tiny magnetic discs

b) Fusion challenges and solutions: a 20 page free download

c) A new look at familiar human behaviour like walking, chewing and fingernail-breaking


2010 Term 1 No 2

a) Splashing stones drive supersonic flow

b) Plasmas are cool for dental disinfection

c) Sun's appetite for dark matter may affect Earth's orbit


2010 Term 1 No 3

a) The flu fighters

b) Law and the end of the world

c) Quantum mechanics boosts photosynthesis


2010 Term 1 No 4

a) Nuclear physics gets a stepping stone to the 'island of stability'

b) New view of our volatile star.

c) Physicists watch entropy in action


2010 Term 1 No 5

a) First light for germanium laser

b) Graphene transistor breaks new record

c) Exoplanet hunting brought down to Earth


2010 Term 1 No 6

a) Hail the first sound ‘lasers’

b) New optical clock breaks accuracy record

c) Astronomers measure spectrum of exoplanet directly for the first time


2010 Term 1 No 7

a) Alan Alda helps scientists communicate

b) Both answers correct in century-old optics dilemma

c) Enjoy the best papers from 350 years of the Royal Society


2010 Term 1 No 8

a) A radon detector for earthquake prediction

b) Mysterious 'dark flow' at the edge of the universe

c) New way of generating electricity could lead to batteries to power nanotechnology


2010 Term 2 No 1

a) Undersea balloons could store energy from huge wind turbines

b) Graphene-oxide framework packs in hydrogen

c) New technique to create drinking water from seawater


2010 Term 2 No 2

a) New energy territories at the LHC

b) Astronomers develop new planet-hunting tool

c) New element 117 discovered


2010 Term 2 No 3

a) Melting ice amplifies Arctic warming, Australian scientists find

b) Melting ice could increase volcanic activity in the 21st century, warn geologists

c) Ancient Romans join neutrino hunt


2010 Term 2 No 4

a) Antarctic conveyor belt revealed in detail

b) Short-lived tin is doubly magic

c) Lasers make measurement Einstein called 'impossible'


2010 Term 2 No 5

a) Players attack aerodynamics of the World Cup ball. UK researcher defends the 'roundest' ball ever

b) Spotting fake bank notes with butterfly colour. Structural colour of Papilio blumei recreated in the lab

c) Entangling photons with electricity. 'Entangled' LED could help make quantum computer


2010 Term 2 No 6

a) 45 new exotic nuclei discovered in just four days

b) New technique could make flexible electronic circuits. AFM tip 'writes' graphene nanowires.

c) Marine predators trawl the deep blue in predictable patterns. Sharks hunt via Lévy flights.


2010 Term 3 No 1

a) Quantum dots for highly efficient solar cells. Current efficiency limits of 30% could be vastly improved by capturing 'hot electrons'

b) Speedy star points to more massive Milky Way

c) Exoplanet mass calculated directly

d) I'm a football fan...get me out of here. Physics can help crowds to exit safely from stadia
2010 Term 3 No 2

a) Graphene soaks up arsenic - 'Wonder material' could help purify water.

b) Huge telescope will struggle to find extraterrestrial life. Advanced civilizations could be too quiet.


  1. X-rays reveal origin of Dead Sea Scroll


2010 Term 3 No 3

a) Quantum theory survives its latest ordeal. Triple slit experiment fails to crack quantum gravity

b) Nanofibres power portable electronics. Tiny generator could be used in medical implants

c) Fibres form all-in-one speaker and microphone. Novel materials could be woven into 'smart clothes' that pick up sound


2010 Term 3 No 4

a) Summer in the city can be stifling, but appropriate surfaces and vegetation can cool us off

b) Treating tumours with hadrons rather than X-rays has many benefits for patients

c) A global map of forest heights - US researcher sees the wood for its trees


2010 Term 3 No 5

a) 2053 Suns - A video plotting nuclear weapons tests on a map of the world

b) Controlling heart beats with lasers. Bird heart experiment brings optical pacemakers a step closer

c) Holography get smart


2010 Term 3 No 6

a) Shining a light on diabetes.

b) Shrimp see a polarized world

c) Astronomers discover the moon is shrinking


2010 Term 4 No 1

a) Ancient star poses galactic puzzle. Did it come from another galaxy?

b) Relativity with a human touch. Optical clocks measure gravitational time dilation over 33 cm

c) Royal Society releases new guide to the Science of Climate Change (19 page pdf download)


2010 Term 4 No 2

a) Hot fusion: the next challenges in fusion power

b) Asteroid crash would devastate ozone layer.

c) Localising sound and the misleading acoustic bright spot


2010 Term 4 No 3

a) In nature, number one dominates

b) Flexible LEDs bring light to fingertips

c) Fluorescent beads illuminate sugar in blood. Novel technique could offer a painless aid to diabetes sufferers


2010 Term 4 No 4

a) Bright colour-changing skins

b) A thermometer for modern and extinct vertebrates

c) LHC sees its first ZZ event. Particle signature is key to Higgs search


2010 Term 4 No 5

a) Galaxies pin down dark energy

b) Neutrinos could detect secret fission reactors

c) Beetle beauty captured in silicon

d) Penrose claims to have glimpsed universe before Big Bang
2010 Term 4 No 6

a) Graphene supercapacitor breaks storage record

b) Not slippery when wet. the mystery of how flies can crawl upside down

c) Au revoir, kilogram!

d) How the other half lives. Physics PhDs on Wall St
2011 Term 1 No 1

a) Holographic video comes up to speed The highest frame rate yet for dynamic holograms

b) Invisibility cloaks shield the large and visible

c) Physicists find new clue in the Sun's coronal heating mystery

d) Physicists create 'backward laser'
2011 Term 1 No 2

a) North Atlantic strait at its warmest for 2000 years

b) 'Kepler' spots six planets orbiting a star

c) X-ray laser images single virus particles


2011 Term 1 No 3

a) Metamaterial breaks refraction record (n = 38.6 !!)

b) Ready, steady, cook: a fresh take on science teaching

c) The physicist who tames lightning


2011 Term 1 No 4

a) On the road to discovery at the LHC

b) Physicists create 'anti-laser'

c) Doppler shift is seen in reverse


2011 Term 1 No 5

a) Quantum probe beats Heisenberg limit

b) Metrology in the balance

c) "The Big Bang Theory" - the sitcom. Gedanken Experiment: levitate a physics sitcom?


2011 Term 1 No 6

a) Heaviest ever antimatter discovered

b) Shedding more light on graphene with inelastic light scattering

c) Knocking on the Higgs' door: An audio interview


2011 Term 2 No 1

a) Solar power without solar cells

b) Brightest bubble bursting yet

c) Do spiral galaxies form from the inside out?


2011 Term 2 No 2

a) Once a Physicist, Rob Cook, vice-president of advanced technology at Pixar Animation Studios

b) Multiple valleys boost thermoelectric performance

c) Antimatter trap tightens its grip


2011 Term 2 No 3

a) Tohoku quake (i.e. Fukushima) coincided with sky 'anomalies'

b) Nanoantennas target single particles

c) Snake venom gets into the (non-Newtonian) groove.


2011 Term 2 No 4

a) 3D TV without glasses

b) The secret lives of photons revealed

c) Magnetic fields reduce blood viscosity


2011 Term 2 No 5

a) Physicists break record for extreme quantum state

b) Introducing the 'wrinklon' - Quasiparticle helps explain why curtains wrinkle.

c) Physicists create a living laser


2011 Term 3 No 1

a) Galaxy classification is out of tune, say astronomers

b) 'Carpet' makes objects invisible to sound

c) Aircraft punch holes in clouds and make it rain


2011 Term 3 No 2

a) Microwave study bursts Hubble bubble

b) Was the universe born spinning?

c) Earth’s silent hitchhiker seen at last


2011 Term 3 No 3

a) Hi-tech tattoos monitor brain waves

b) LEDs illuminate room with data

c) Introducing the 'antimagnet'


2011 Term 4 No 1

a) Did Einstein Discover E = mc2?

b) Early-warning system for sunspots

c) Test match physics ( blog)

d) Licence to stun

e) Do neutrinos move faster than the speed of light?


2011 Term 4 No 2

No articles


2011 Term 4 No 3

a) Milky Way stars born from intergalactic gas

b) Blog: How to board an aircraft in a hurry

c) Light: Manipulating the middle ground - treating the interface between two materials as a third medium


2011 Term 4 No 4

a) Pristine relics of the Big Bang spotted

b) Cash hand-out to boost UK physics teachers

c) For Newton, a right Hooke


2011 Term 4 No 5

a) Changing red light into blue light: Tilting 'nanocups' double optical frequencies

b) Digital contact lenses come into focus - streaming real-time information across the field of vision

c) Physics of writing is derived at last

d) Was a giant planet ejected from our solar system?

e) Cocktail physics


2012 Term 1 No 1

a) Are pulsars giant 'neutromagnets'?

b) Ohm's law holds down to atomic scale - Australian research

c) Invisibility cloak gives sound performance


2012 Term 1 No 2

a) Graphene could make 'perfect' solar cells

b) Neutrons revive Heisenberg's first take on uncertainty

c) What is the scientific method?


2012 Term 1 No 3

a) Listening with a 'quantum ear'

b) How supercontinents are born

c) Raman technique peers into cabin baggage


2012 Term 1 No 4

a) Cells dine on nanotubes with dire results

b) Uterus contractions caused by electrical coupling

c) Invisibility cloaking goes thermodynamic


2012 Term 1 No 4

a) Researchers (Aust) make single-atom transistor

b) LED converts heat into light

c) Rain drains energy from the atmosphere


2012 Term 1 No 5

a) Researchers (Aust) make single-atom transistor

b) LED converts heat into light

c) Rain drains energy from the atmosphere


2012 Term 1 No 6

a) When the Earth's magnetic field flips

b) Reeling in cheap plastic solar film

c) Department of Energy boost for small nuclear reactors


2012 Term 2 No 1

a) Quantum interference: the movie

b) How to hide from a magnetic field

c) Physicists look round corners in 3D


2012 Term 2 No 2

a) Reflective roofs and pavements could fight climate change

b) Quantum mechanics in popular-science books A podcast

c) The perfect storm: The sinking of the Titanic


2012 Term 2 No 4

a) Reality Bites A Review of The Atheist's Guide to Reality: Enjoying Life without Illusions by Alex Rosenberg

b) Solar-cell efficiency boosted by folds and wrinkles

c) Silicon 'prism' bends gamma rays

d) Quasars shine a new light on cosmic distances


2012 Term 2 No 5

a) Infrared vision could help the blind to see

b) The cat that never dies (Schrodinger's cat)

c) Physicists put a new twist on radio

d) Earthshine could help find life on other planets
2012 Term 3 No 2

a) Engineering Sport

b) Dark-matter filament spotted

c) Secret of super-power shrimp revealed: A composite material


2012 Term 3 No 3

a) Curiosity on Mars - NASA resources

b) 100 years of cosmic rays

c) Comic books in the Physics Classroom


2012 Term 3 No 4

a) Power cell generates and stores energy in one step

b) Colour printing hits ultimate resolution

c) Living tissue is laced with electronic sensors

d) Oscar Pistorius is helping to redefine 'disability'
2012 Term 3 No 5

a) Frog photoreceptor counts photons

b) Dark-matter hope fades in microwave haze

c) Atoms interfere one at a time


2012 Term 4 No 1

a) First flat lens focuses light without distortion

b) One Amazing Moment: This year is the centenary of a major event in modern physics. What was the single biggest turning point of modern science?

c) Shocking hearts gently


2012 Term 3 No 2

  1. Analyzing students’ misconceptions about galaxies

  2. Girl-friendly high school physics is boy-friendly too

  3. The energy cost of barefoot running

  4. Why my wife and I didn’t buy a Toyota Prius


2012 Term 3 No 3

a) The science of Prometheus

b) Vibrating molecule drives a motor

c) How Earth's wandering poles return home


2012 Term 3 No 4

a) Physicists claim microwave thermoacoustic imaging 'breakthrough'

b) What made Bell Labs special?

c) Cosmology, particle physics – and love

d) Physics and painting

e) India's physics rebels

f) Flexible graphene transistor sets new records
2013 Term 1 No 1

a) How many dominos will topple a cathedral tower? (The video is a must show to your students)

b) Somersaulting film generates electricity

c) Pulsed lasers could make proton therapy more accessible

d) Fuelling the thorium dream. Review of Superfuel: Thorium, the Green Energy Source for the Future by Richard Martin
2013 Term 1 No 2

a) Nanoantenna array steers light

b) Philosophical about space–time

c) Human hearing is highly nonlinear


2013 Term 1 No 3

a) The secret of life - Carbon 12

b) The process of Science as a Game Show

c) Supernova origin of galactic cosmic rays confirmed


2013 Term 1 No 4

a) The quantum coin toss

b) How can we engineer human tissue? - short video

c) Can we print human body parts? short video

d) Gold nanocages could image and treat tumours
2013 Term 1 No 5

a) The quantum moment

b) Feynman's double-slit experiment gets a makeover

c) Atmospheric electricity affects cloud height


2013 Term 2 No 1

a) Holographic imaging technique looks through flames

b) Planck (space mission) reveals 'almost perfect' universe

c) A pioneering approach to cancer treatment - Proton therapy - Three short videos


2013 Term 2 No 2

a) Graphene loudspeaker could rival commercial speakers and earphones

b) 100 second video: How can quantum techniques improve the efficiency of solar cells?

c) Dark lightning sheds light on gamma-ray mystery


2013 Term 2 No 3

a) Glass obeys a cracking good law

b) Introducing the magnetic hose

c) Nanowire transistor array as touch-sensitive as human skin


2013 Term 2 No 4

a) Researchers Take First-Ever Photographs of Molecules Forming Chemical Bonds

b) New insights into what triggers lightning

c) Getting to the bottom of foamy physics


2013 Term 2 No 5

a) Roman Seawater Concrete Holds the Secret to Cutting Carbon Emissions

b) Solar 'sandwich' could cover a variety of surfaces

c) BBC radio celebrates 101 years of cosmic rays


2013 Term 3 No 1

a) The enigmatic life of J Robert Oppenheimer

b) A cloak in time

c) Physicists design acoustically invisible walls


2013 Term 3 No 2

a) 'Ghostly' 3D images taken without a camera

b) Physicists rethink celebrated Kelvin wake pattern for ships

c) Mopping up carbon


2013 Term 3 No 3

a) Quantum computer solves simple linear equations

b) Quantum teleportation done between distant large objects

c) Laser creates high-energy positron beam


2013 Term 3 No 4

a) Lensless camera acquires images efficiently

b) Telescopic contact lens comes into view

c) Nanodiamond thermometer takes temperature of biological cells


2013 Term 3 No 5

a) Putting a new spin on variable stars

b) Phototransistor combines graphene and chlorophyll

c) Nanoparticles control blood-vessel growth


2013 Term 3 No 6

a) CSIRO Blog on the Universe

b) 'Electronic skin' lights up when touched

c) To the world's end, in 15 questions

d) 5D 'Superman memory crystal' heralds unlimited lifetime data storage
2013 Term 3 No 7

a) Radio waves measure atmospheric temperature changes

b) Space launch technology: US firm seeks funding for novel 'slingatron'

c) Too hot to handle: A comprehensive review of a book on the 'problem of high level nuclear waste'.


2013 Term 4 No 1

a) Laura Bassi (1711 - 1778) The first woman to forge a professional scientific career

b) What Did Alexander Graham Bell’s Voice Sound Like? Berkeley Lab Scientists Help Find Out

c) Quantum cryptography is coming to mobile phones


2013 Term 4 No 2

a) How to store electrical energy as heat

b) LCDs enter the fast lane

c) Ultrathin solar cell is efficient and easy to make

d) What is the nature of the dark universe?

e) Chemistry Nobel honours trio who combined classical and quantum physics


2013 Term 4 No 3

a) Why 34 is the magic number for calcium

b) Farthest confirmed galaxy is a prolific star creator

c) Astronomers discover furthest gravitational lens


2013 Term 4 No 4

a) Physicists slay 'dragon kings'



b) Uncertainty reigns over Heisenberg's measurement analogy

c) Chelyabinsk exposed: the anatomy of an asteroid impact


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