Articles by

James R. Riordon

Physicists explain how to execute a nearly splashless dive

Olympic divers slice into a pool with a quick turn underwater that minimizes splash. But not for...

How physics can improve the urinal

Restroom visitors can expect cleaner knees and tidier floors, if they happen to use a new urinal...

Why dandelion seeds are so good at spreading widely

You don’t need a dandelion to know which way the wind blows. But it can help. On...

Zapping tiny metal drops with sound creates wires for soft electronics

Zapping liquid metal droplets with ultrasound offers a new way to make wiring for stretchy, bendy electronics....

Crowdsourced cell phone data could keep bridges safe and strong

Your cell phone could reveal the health status of bridges just by being in your pocket as...

Particles from space provide a new look inside cyclones

Particles raining down from space offer 3-D views inside swirling tropical storms. Muons created from cosmic rays...

For the first time, astronomers saw dust in space being pushed by starlight

A pair of stars in our galaxy is revealing how light pushes around matter. It’s the first...

Quantum experiments with entangled photons win the 2022 Nobel Prize in physics

Tests of quantum weirdness and its potential real-world applications have been recognized with the 2022 Nobel Prize...