Latest News

Our pick of the latest physics stories from around the world wide web.

China plans supercollider to push frontiers of particle physics

25/07/2014

China is proposing a 52km ring for its next particle accelerator capable of reaching energies of 240 GeV.


Rosetta closes in on space 'rubber duck'

21/07/2014

Images of the comet that Rosetta will land on are released.


Physicists crush diamonds with giant laser

18/07/2014

Physicists recreate conditions similar to those in the centre of planets.


World's blackest material

15/07/2014

Scientists have made the world's darkest material out of carbon nanotubes and reflects just 0.035% of light.


Super moon dazzles

14/07/2014

A collection of photos from the latest supermoon.


Inflation teams to share data

08/07/2014

The scientific teams of BICEP2 and Planck will share their data on results gathered to shine a light on inflation.


Mountain top blown off for telescope

23/06/2014

The top of a mountain in Chile has been blown up to make way for the European-Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), the world's largest optical and infrared telescope.


Hidden underground water

16/06/2014

Scientists have found water trapped in rocks deep inside the Earth and are raising questions about how the Earth formed.


A soprano in space

12/06/2014

Singer Sarah Brightman is scheduled to fly to the ISS to become the first professional musician to sing from space.


Moon shows traces of another planet

06/06/2014

Scientist say they have found traces of another planet Theia on samples of the moon.


Mega Earth - a new class of planet.

03/06/2014

A new class of planet has been found, called mega-Earth, with a mass of 17 Earths.


Jupiter's spot is shrinking

30/05/2014

Jupiter's giant red spot, a storm the size of a planet, is shrinking.


Rosetta closes in

27/05/2014

The Rosetta spacecraft has completed a space manouver to bring it closer to comet 67P/C-G


Simulated universe models dark matter

09/05/2014

A new simulation of the universe shows how galaxies form around dark matter.


White house report says climate change is "increasingly disruptive"

07/05/2014

New White House report says climate change is impacting the US more than ever.


NASA unveils new prototype spacesuit

02/05/2014

NASA has unveiled a new prototype spacesuit suitable for a trip to Mars.


New image of ancient star cluster

29/04/2014

NASA have released a new Hubble image of a star cluster which contains over 100,000 stars.


Supernova brightness puzzle solved

25/04/2014

The extraordinary brightness of a supernova has been stumping scientist but is due to a galaxy in front.


"Most Earth-like planet yet"

22/04/2014

Kepler has spotted what scientists are calling the "most Earth-like planet yet".


New moon for Saturn?

17/04/2014

A new moon may have formed from part of Saturn's rings


NASA to test new landing system for Mars

14/04/2014

A new landing system for Mars is being tested, taking inspiration from the Hawaiian puffer fish.


Worlds "needs Plan B"

11/04/2014

The IPCC says the world needs a Plan B to address climate change because of a lack of political movement.


Europe launches Earth mapping satellite

07/04/2014

The Sentinel-1a spacecraft has been launched to map Earth's surface using radar.


Ocean found on Enceladus

04/04/2014

Gravity measurements from Cassini point to an ocean on Enceladus.


Key findings on the IPCC climate change report

01/04/2014

The new report highlights areas becoming affected by climate change from food production to weather.


Asteroid with rings

28/03/2014

Astronomers have detected signs that they have spotted an asteroid with rings.


Rosetta switches on

24/03/2014

The Rosetta probe has turning on its instruments after hibernating for almost three years.


Universe started with period of inflation

19/03/2014

Scientists have found evidence that the universe underwent a faster-than-light expansion early on.


Sonar cloaking device

14/03/2014

Scientists have made object invisible to sound.


New gases pose threat to ozone

10/03/2014

Four new man made gases are attacking the ozone layer.


Physics of cowboy's tricks revealed

07/03/2014

A physicist has figured out the formula for the famous flat loop for lasso.


Northern Lights illuminate the UK

28/02/2014

A recent coronal mass ejection led to some great pictures of aurora across the UK.


Meteorite spotted crashing into the moon

26/02/2014

A half tonne meteorite was spotted crashing into the moon and was bright enough to be seen from Earth.


Most precise measurement for electron mass

20/02/2014

The most precise measurement of the mass of an electron has been made by scientists in Germany.


Asteroid due for close graze

18/02/2014

A 270m wide asteroid is due to come with 3 miles of the Earth.


Net energy out from laser fusion

14/02/2014

The National Ignition Facility has successful used laser fusion to extract energy more than was put in.


Astronomers view the oldest star in the universe

10/02/2014

Astronomers have captured an image of a star from 13.6 billion years ago.


New impact crater spotted on Mars

07/02/2014

New images from HiRise has spotted a fresh crater on Mars.


Wireless graphene circuit a step closer

03/02/2014

A new type of circuit based on graphene, capable of operating wirelessly, has been made by researchers at IBM.


Detailed gravity map

31/01/2014

The latest gravity map of the Earth has been released.


Coca Cola calls for climate change action

27/01/2014

Climate change has affected Coca Cola's ingrediants that it's calling for action on climate change.


Rosetta's wake up call

20/01/2014

Rosetta's mission to study a comet is ready to wake up.


Secret of birds' flying V formation revealed

17/01/2014

Scientists have revealed why it's more efficicnet for birds to fly in a V formation.


A new type of hypervelocity star found

13/01/2014

A new type of hypervelocity star, travelling fast enough to escape the Milky Way has been found.


Black hole show almost set

10/01/2014

The black hole at the centre of our galaxy is lining up to engulf a huge cloud of gas.


Spirit turns 10

06/01/2014

The rover Spirit celebrates 10 years on Mars.


New disaster monitor tested

03/01/2014

A new type of disaster detection service is trialled that uses GPS.


Scientists successfully predict Earthquake

23/12/2013

Scientists were able to use monitors to predict the size and time of an earthquake.


China's jade rabbit lands on the moon

16/12/2013

China's Jade Rabbit rover lands on the moon and sends back pictures.


Hubble spots Europa spouting water

13/12/2013

Hubble has spotted water spouting from Jupiter's moon Europa, raising the possibility of a life searching mission.