Topic: Physics

April 24, 2013 Zapping Cocaine Addiction - Lasers can eliminate cocaine addiction in rats, pointing to new therapies for humans.
April 18, 2013 Sticky Geckos - Researchers are learning what surfaces geckos stick to best.
March 25, 2013 Electric Flowers - Low-voltage electricity may help guide bees to the right flowers.
March 7, 2013 Egyptian Blue - The world's oldest artificial pigment, Egyptian Blue, has previously unknown and potentially useful properties.
February 18, 2013 Picasso’s Paint - High-energy X rays have resolved a longstanding question about Picasso's materials.
January 10, 2013 Detachable Gecko Tails - Gecko tails fall off along pre-determined lines.
December 19, 2012 New Light - A new light type, called a FIPEL, may outshine most of today's options.
November 20, 2012 Listening to Football Helmets - Measuring the acoustical signatures of colliding football helmets could help improve helmet safety.
October 31, 2012 Seeing Inside Fukushima - Cosmic rays called muons could help detect uranium in damaged Japanese nuclear reactors.
October 3, 2012 Backwards Hummingbirds - New research reveals how hummingbirds fly backwards.
August 28, 2012 Quantum Computing - Quantum computing harnesses strange properties of atoms and particles and could revolutionize the computer age.
August 3, 2012 Podcast for 3 August 2012 - INVENTION - More lifelike robots. Headlights that can see past raindrops. And a pair of goggles that could improve your memory. Also, scientists have developed the world's lightest material.
July 19, 2012 Smart Headlights - “Smart” headlights improve visibility by illuminating the road ahead, but not raindrops or snowflakes.
July 6, 2012 Podcast for 6 July 2012 - OUR SOLAR SYSTEM - Scientists discover organic carbon in meteorites from Mars and take a new look at the asteroid Vesta. Also: zebrafish meet their robotic overlords, and someone finally invents a blind-spot-free side-view mirror.
June 19, 2012 Wide Angle Mirror - A mathematician has designed a wide-angle driver's side mirror that doesn't distort shapes.
June 12, 2012 Solar Heat - A listener asks: How hot is the surface of the sun?
June 8, 2012 Insect Roundup - To protect tiny machines from hidden dangers, engineers are getting inspiration from insects.
May 23, 2012 Touch & Hearing - Hearing acuity may be linked to touch sensitivity.
April 6, 2012 Tech Roundup - Researchers have designed a camera that can see around corners.
April 4, 2012 Light Circuits - Researchers are designing faster, smaller circuits that use light instead of electricity.
February 24, 2012 Nanotech Roundup - The flight of butterflies could inspire miniature flying robots.
February 10, 2012 Podcast for 10 February 2012 - Are cyclones and earthquakes related? Why recent bad winters may be the result of global warming. And what life might be like on a planet with two stars. Also: we answer a listener's question about the temperature of the sun.
February 6, 2012 The Sun’s Temperature - A listener asks: How hot is the surface of the sun?
January 27, 2012 Light Roundup - The sunflower’s spirals inspire new solar power plant design.
January 23, 2012 Weightless Flies - Magnetically levitated flies may help researchers study the effects of weightlessness.
December 20, 2011 Fastest Spinning Star - A powerful telescope has detected the fastest rotating star yet.
December 16, 2011 Solar Energy Roundup - Researchers have created a combination of fool’s gold and silicon that could be used to make inexpensive solar cells.
December 7, 2011 Supercooled Water - On a molecular level, water doesn't have to become ice until minus-55 degrees Fahrenheit.
November 16, 2011 Light-Based Pacemaker - Scientists have designed a pacemaker that restarts the heart with light instead of electricity.
November 4, 2011 Podcast for 4 November 2011 - THE SCIENCE OF LIGHT & VISION - A pacemaker that restarts the heart with light, and a secret code made from fluorescent bacteria. And, could a lack of outdoor activity be making kids more nearsighted? Also: new research suggests that IQ might not be as stable as once thought.
November 3, 2011 Mirage Cloaking - A new technique creates a “mirage effect” underwater, making objects seemingly vanish.
October 26, 2011 Anti-Magnets - Scientists have designed a theoretical anti-magnet. If it works in practice, it could have profound effects on both medicine and industry.
October 6, 2011 Podcast for 7 October 2011 - MERCURY SPECIAL REPORT - The MESSENGER spacecraft is revealing new discoveries about the planet closest to our Sun.
September 1, 2011 Darkest Planet - Scientists have identified the darkest known extrasolar planet.
August 12, 2011 Climate Roundup - Climate scientists who want to know how airplanes might affect the climate are gaining new insights by looking nearly seventy years into the past.
August 11, 2011 Frog Feet - A new study reveals how tree frogs clean their feet as they hop.
August 1, 2011 Ultrasound Safety - A listener asks: Can medical ultrasound damage your ears?
July 22, 2011 Medical Roundup - New research lends clues to why a bad sunburn hurts so much.
July 8, 2011 Podcast for 8 July 2011 - NOISE & NAVIGATION: Bats maneuver in the dark with the help of microscopic wing hairs, researchers expose a dolphin's secret sonar, killer whale ears inspire better microphones, and how a tiny bug with a big sound has eluded biologists for centuries. Also: Do humans have an internal compass?
June 29, 2011 Rainbow Polymer - Color-shifting polymers could make money and other documents harder to copy.
June 28, 2011 Deaf Vision - The retinas of people who have been deaf from birth enhance their peripheral vision.
June 27, 2011 Reindeer Vision - Reindeer can detect ultraviolet light with their retinas, which may help them survive dark Arctic winters.
June 3, 2011 Podcast for 3 June 2011 – Searching for Life in Outer Space - Astronomers are using new tools to look for life in outer space. And, the search for intelligent life in the universe is targeting the best candidate planets. Also: how tsunamis impact sealife.
May 23, 2011 3-D Space Map - Using light from quasars, scientists are mapping the distant universe.
March 14, 2011 Slimy Frog Skin - A listener asks: Why is frog skin slimy?
March 11, 2011 Podcast for 11 March 2011: Animal Adaptations - Regional dialects in gibbons, a squid attack pheromone, bats and carnivorous plants, and why frogs are slimy.
Cancer Detection Roundup - A new laser technique could diagnose skin cancer in minutes.
March 10, 2011 Star Distance - Astronomers calculate the distance to the furthest stars by comparing them to stars they know.
January 20, 2011 Solar Wasps - Wasps that harvest the sun's rays could inspire solar cell design.
January 7, 2011 Podcast - NATURE OF INVENTION: Sea urchin teeth could inspire new nano-materials, and hornet stripes could lead to better solar technology. Also: automatic transmissions could revolutionize electric wheelchairs, and there's new research on the genetics of hair color and male pattern baldness.