Tag Archives: Physics

Invisibility tech is advancing, but not seeing is believing

What do Casper the Friendly Ghost, Harry Potter and H.G Wells\’ Griffin all have in common? The answer, of course, is “the ability to become invisible”. And these three characters weren’t the first to have such an ability – they were predated by several millennia by a range of mythological characters from the ancient world, […] … learn more→

Ball lightning exists … but what on Earth is it?

Ball lightning is one of the strangest phenomena on our planet. It’s usually seen during thunderstorms as a ball of light about the size of a grapefruit, with the intensity of roughly a 40W light bulb. It moves at about walking speed, roughly a metre above the ground, and lasts about ten seconds. It’s been […] … learn more→

Higgs hunt: new particle found

A wave of excitement is spreading across the world\’s media today as scientists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) announce the latest results in their search for the Higgs boson. So has this elusive particle been found? And why is finding it so important? I asked Alan Barr of Oxford University\’s Department of Physics, UK […] … learn more→