American Institute of Physics

Physicists Reveal More Effective and Earth-Friendly Way To Clean Dishes

Physicists Reveal More Effective and Earth-Friendly Way To Clean Dishes

Washing dishes with superheated steam is more effective and Earth-friendly. Simulations show steam kills bacteria on a plate in just…

September 1, 2022

Saturn V Rocket Was LOUD – As Loud as 10,000 Jet Engines – but Didn’t Melt Concrete

Physics-based acoustical models and historical data combine to correct common misconceptions about the most powerful rocket launched to date. The…

August 23, 2022

New Way Invented To Produce Oxygen on Mars for Future Explorers

Converting carbon dioxide into oxygen and producing fuels, fertilizers on the red planet using a plasma-based method. A plasma-based way…

August 17, 2022

Scientists Discover That Rocket Exhaust Pollution Lingers in the Earth’s Atmosphere for a Disturbing Amount of Time

By simulating the fluid dynamics of rocket exhaust gases, scientists have been able to analyze the atmospheric emissions from rockets…

June 16, 2022

Sizzling Sound of Deep-Frying Reveals Complex Physics of Vapor Cavities

Moistened chopsticks, water droplets in hot cooking oil reveal complicated bubble dynamics and sound characteristics. As its name implies, fluid…

June 7, 2022

Electrode Design Paves Way for High-Performance Hybrid Biofuel Cells

Amphiphilic assembly generates hybrid biofuel cells with improved power output and operational stability. Enzyme electrodes are useful in a variety…

May 24, 2022

Danger of Double Masking Against COVID-19

Proper Fit Crucial for Optimal Mask Protection Face shape influences mask fit, suggests problems with double masking against COVID-19. In…

May 18, 2022

Desktop Air Curtain System Developed That Prevents Spread of COVID-19

Device suitable for use in hospital wards, blood labs, and reception counters. In efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19,…

May 17, 2022

Learn Physics in Your Kitchen: Do-It-Yourself Fluid Mechanics

Home study projects of complex fluids in anyone's kitchen, using readily available equipment and substances. Although the COVID-19 pandemic caused…

May 10, 2022

Simulating Supernova Remnants and Star Formation With a High-Power Laser in Earthbound Lab

High-power laser and foam ball show how blast waves from supernova remnant might trigger star formation in a molecular cloud.…

April 22, 2022

Stunning Plasma Experiment: Modeling Earth’s Magnetosphere in the Laboratory

Experimental platform combines Large Plasma Device with lasers, magnetic dipoles; reveals insights about Earth's shield against solar wind. A magnetosphere…

April 12, 2022

Harvesting Energy at Night: Solar Cell Keeps Working Long After Sun Sets

Harvesting energy from the temperature difference between photovoltaic cell, surrounding air leads to a viable, renewable source of electricity at…

April 5, 2022

Simple Experiment Using Pickled Eggs to Demonstrate Diffusion

Experiment designed for home or classroom shows how time, temperature affect diffusion. Marinated, or pickled, eggs are enjoyed by cultures…

March 23, 2022

Scientists Create Ideal Pizza Dough That Rises Perfectly Without Yeast

Dissolving gas into dough at high pressures can create ideal rise without yeast. In typical breads, yeast produces bubbles via…

March 22, 2022

Quantum Behavior of Massive Objects: Gravitational Wave Mirror Experiments Can Evolve Into Quantum Entities

Quantum physical experiments exploring the motion of macroscopic or heavy bodies under gravitational forces require protection from any environmental noise…

March 15, 2022

Cloth COVID Masks Filter Less Than 10% of Particles – Inferior for Protection Against Airborne Viral Spread

Simulations reveal low filtration efficiency in woven fabric. Like many other viruses, COVID-19 is transmitted primarily via particles carried in…

March 1, 2022

Simulations Reveal Fundamental Insights on Janus Particles

Interfacial diffusion of nanoparticles strongly affected by their shape and surface coating. Named for a Roman god, Janus particles refer…

January 31, 2022

How Big Does Your Quantum Computer Need To Be To Break Bitcoin Encryption or Simulate Molecules?

Quantum computers are expected to be disruptive and potentially impact many industry sectors. So researchers in the United Kingdom and…

January 30, 2022