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Physics of ponytail picks up IgNobel


A physicist looking at the shape of the ponytail has been awarded an IgNobel prize.

Curiosity ready to move

Credit: NASA, JPL


Testing on the Curiosity rover has finished and it is ready to head towards Mount Sharp, its final target.

Record distance for Quantum Teleportation

Credit: Flickr/will668


Scientists have managed to quantum teleport photons over a distance of 143 km.

Scientist fire shortest laser blast

Credit: Flickr/inl


Scientists can created the shortest blast of laser light lasting only 67 attoseconds.

Time seems to slow for sportstars

Credit: Flickr/pocarles


Preparation to make a move can make time seem to run slower.

Physics given a starring role in Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Credit: Henry Lau


Stephen Hawkins, Newton and Cern were all celebrated in the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony.

Neil Armstrong dies at 82.

Credit: NASA Apollo Archive


Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, has died aged 82.

50 Years of X-ray astronomy

Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/UC Berkeley/J. Tomsick et al and ESA/XMM-Newton; Optical: DSS, 2MASS/UMass/IPAC-Caltech/NASA/NSF


Prof. Ken Pounds narrates the progress of X-ray astronomy over the past 50 years.

Curiosity fires laser at rock



Curiosity has used its ChemCam laser to study rocks near to its landing site.

Surfing robot helps track sharks

Credit: Flickr/hermanusbackpackers


A surfing robot is helping scientist gauge the population and track movements of sharks in the Pacific.