Search and Discovery
Elastic coupling between cells in the inner ear enhances the hearing of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
The latest advance is the chemical identification of closely spaced, lightweight atoms.
Issues and Events
As the world celebrates 50 years since the invention of the laser, a European facility approaching exawatt power is expected to stimulate new research areas and communities.
Recent satellite missions and computer simulations of charged-particle dynamics in Earth’s magnetosphere are helping unravel the mysteries behind the breaking and reforming of magnetic field lines and the concomitant acceleration of electrons to high energies.
In World War I, Franck helped his native Germany develop gas-warfare defenses. Three decades later he urged the US, his adopted country, to tread carefully with an even more terrible weapon.
The ingenious methods employed by insects and spiders to move across a water surface rely on microphysics that is of little use to larger water walkers but of considerable interest to the microfluidics community.