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How do you arrange a group of electrical charges on the surface of a sphere so that they are as far apart from each other as possible? With two charges, the answer is easy: place them on opposite sides of the sphere, as if they are endpoints...

source: PhysOrg

The United States coastline has been calm so far this hurricane season, just as it has been over the last decade. Since 2005, the year of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, the country has been in a hurricane “drought,” with no major hurricane (Category 3 or...

source: The New York Times

Space is either infinite, or incredibly vast. So it stands to reason that Earth is not the only planet with life, and humans are not the only intelligent species. But those hypothetical species have been hard to reach so far. Which is probably...

source: Wired

Astronomers hoping to spot "first-generation" supernovae explosions from the oldest and most distant stars in our universe should look out for the color blue. So says an international team of researchers, which has discovered that the color of the light from a supernova...

source: PhysicsWorld

A genetically engineered tissue that can be electrically excited by light has been developed by researchers in the U.S. The team believes its new material could be used as a simple model of the heart, allowing information about electrical malfunctions such as arrhythmias...

source: PhysicsWorld

Physics, as you may have read before, is based around two wildly successful theories. On the grand scale, galaxies, planets, and all the other big stuff dance to the tune of gravity. But, like your teenage daughter, all the little stuff stares in bewildered embarrassment...

source: Ars Technica


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