Your Afternoon Catharsis: Liquid Droplets Coalescing in Slow Motion

You've probably seen two beads of liquid coalesce hundreds of times in your life. Maybe thousands. But we're willing to bet you've never seen them do it in slow motion. » 4/04/14 3:34pm 4/04/14 3:34pm

Add this to the ever-growing list of reasons ants are incredible

This video from The New York Times on the physics of fire ants is absolutely captivating. Who knew large numbers of ants could ooze, sludge-like, from a funnel, or spring back, rubber-like, when subjected to compressive forces? » 12/27/13 12:50pm 12/27/13 12:50pm

Tomorrow's wind turbines could look like enormous owl wings

Engineers often take inspiration from animal designs because they're more efficient than machines are. In the case of owl wings, nature has a major advantage over human engineering: owl wings are uncannily quiet. Now, researchers are considering outfitting wind turbines with an upscaled equivalent – if they can figure… » 11/25/13 12:05pm 11/25/13 12:05pm

This number proves that nothing in the world is solid

One branch of science, rheology, has invented a dimensionless number. It's called the Deborah Number, and it is meant to quantify the motto of the science: "Everything flows." Put another way, everything in the world has liquid properties. Even mountains. » 10/03/13 9:40am 10/03/13 9:40am

The physics of fluid, revealed in spellbinding color

Switzerland-based photographer Fabian Oefner has a knack for exploring the intersection of science and art. In his latest work, he pours a variety of colored paints over a rod connected to a power drill to produce some remarkable shots of fluid in motion. Who knew combining acrylics with power tools could be so… » 3/26/13 12:20pm 3/26/13 12:20pm

This off-road robot could help revolutionize the exploration of other…

You're looking at the future of space exploration: a robot who can move fast though slippery, sandy terrain. With the help of new experimental techniques, robots inspired by the one above could one day be used for search-and-rescue missions, or exploring the surface of Mars, with unprecedented speed and mobility. » 3/21/13 11:14am 3/21/13 11:14am

The physics of fire, gasoline, and sheer unbridled idiocy

This is what it looks like when you set a bucket of gasoline on fire, toss it through the air, film it at 2500 fps and then slow down the footage reaaaaal slow. It's totally dangerous, highly inadvisable (don't attempt this at home, etc.) and absolutely awesome to watch. Plus, as Fuck Yeah Fluid Dynamics explains,… » 1/24/13 2:20pm 1/24/13 2:20pm

A giant, fiery mustache makes this already awesome photo that much…

Here's something you don't see every day: a U.S. Coast Guard C-130J soaring directly toward you, set against a backdrop of sunset-illuminated clouds. But that's not the only thing noteworthy about this photo. See the gigantic flying mustache/ Mephistophelean orbs staring deep into your soul from behind the plane? Turns … » 7/06/12 4:30pm 7/06/12 4:30pm