Articles (Physics)

Terrestrial Hide and Seek
(The Colors of Life)

Camouflage is a process through which animals change colors in accordance with the surrounding environment, becoming hardly distinguishable from it.

Lava Lamps
(The Scientist Inside You)

The Lava Lamp was invented by Edward Craven Walker in Britain in 1963. He had the idea when he noticed a homemade egg timer filled with liquid that looked like an alien.

Light Painting Photography
(Light: Source and Future of Life)

Generally, light in photography is essential in producing photos. It can make the difference between an incredible shot and a terrible one. 

Deciphering Light
(Light: Source and Future of Life)

Ancient Greeks developed some theories that explained what light is, making it possible for scientists to decipher it. 

William Lawrence Bragg: Youngest Nobel Laureate in Physics
(Brilliant Young Minds)

Although William Lawrence Bragg (1890−1971) is the second youngest Nobel Laureate after Malala Yousafzai, he is the youngest ever to receive it in a scientific field.

Maria Goeppert–Mayer: Cracking the Nucleus Shell
(Women and Science)

The German physicist and mathematician, Maria Goeppert-Mayer is prominent for her numerous contributions to the field of physics for which she earned the Nobel Prize in 1963. She was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for theoretical physics, and second woman in history to win a Nobel Prize after Marie Curie. She is most famous for proposing the nuclear shell model of the atomic nucleus—a model of the atomic nucleus that provides a detailed description of the structure of the nucleus in terms of energy levels.

In the Blink of an Eye
(Light: Source and Future of Life)

Light is fast, but the universe is gigantic. Even light takes time to travel from one place to another. It travels 300,000 kilometers per second. Light from the Sun takes as long as eight minutes and twenty seconds to reach Earth. Far as the Sun is, 150 million kilometers away from Earth, it is the nearest star.

Say Goodbye to the Edison Bulb
(Light: Source and Future of Life)

Thomas Edison changed the world by inventing the incandescent light bulb in 1879. Now, it is time to change the world again by another revolutionary invention. Although Edison’s light bulb invention was great then, in today’s energy efficient world it has become impractical. Ninety percent of the energy used by the Edison bulb is given off as heat

Light Pollution
(Light: Source and Future of Life)

For most of Earth’s history, our spectacular universe of stars and galaxies has been visible in the darkness of the night sky. However, the increasing number of people living on Earth, in addition to the corresponding increase in inappropriate and unshielded outdoor lighting has resulted in the light pollution we are experiencing today.

Things We Should Know About Light
(Light: Source and Future of Life)

Light is very important in many aspects of our lives, and as 2015 is declared the International Year of Light, it is important to know the following

Plasma Lamp
(Light: Source and Future of Life)

The plasma lamp, or the plasma globe, was invented by Nikola Tesla after his experimentation with high-frequency currents in an evacuated glass tube for the purpose of studying high voltage phenomena. The modern versions of plasma lamps were known to be first designed by Bill Parker. Tesla called this invention an inert gas discharge tube

Let the Sparks Fly!
(Light: Source and Future of Life)

Fireworks, who does not like them? They are always an important part of hailing in the new year. People flock to view the magical sparks in the night sky, with beaming smiles and happy faces. Let us take a closer look at how these wonderful sparks actually occur?

Synthetic Gas
(Bare Necessities)

It is an undeniable fact that the world is now proceeding with fast steps towards an energy crisis that comes shoulder-to-shoulder with the depletion of fossil fuel reserves.

Need for Speed
(How Things Work)

What constant speed will provide the best mileage. We will assume you are going on a very long highway trip and want to know what speed will give you the best mileage.

Sun Might
(Bare Necessities)

Every day the Sun shines, sending its rays to Earth, a blessing to the living creatures on its surface.

Potato Battery
(How Things Work)

Potatoes are great and tasty; there are hot potatoes, French fried potatoes, baked potatoes and scalloped potatoes.

Inventions that changed the Course of History: The Engine
(Human Civilization)

Ever since the dawn of history and until maybe the late 18th century, all sources of energy available for mankind were confined to human strength, animals, wind energy, and water energy. 

Geothermal Energy

As we are encountering the forthcoming crisis of fossil fuels depletion, many regions of the world started to depend on geothermal energy as an affordable, sustainable, reliable, and environmentally friendly solution. 

Household Vampires

Power bills represent a monthly nightmare for every household; they require much money from the monthly budget. 


Compressed air can be used in a variety of ways.

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