Physics TWDK Physics doodle by Giles Meakin

Physics seeks to answer the question "Why?" - to describe all the things we see, as well as their motion, behaviour and interactions. The science covers the entire history and future of the universe, and all objects from the fundamental matter we’re made from to the structure of galaxies.

Physicists look for patterns by making observations of the natural world, and models are developed to describe and predict them. Instruments, observations and experiments are then used to test and refine these models. Physicists sometimes aim to describe new things, and other times to improve the accuracy of an existing model. Based on the approach taken, each branch of physics can be divided into two aspects: theoretical and experimental. A key goal is often to combine several models into one - the ultimate goal of physicists in this respect is to complete "the theory of everything", though some believe this to be impossible.

While Theoretical physicists use mathematics to first describe the observed behaviour and then to explain it, experimental physicists perform experiments to test their hypotheses. Scientists believe that no hypothesis can ever be proven, so experiments are instead designed to disprove one - and "failing" to disprove it strengthens our confidence in it. Once a hypothesis is supported by several different tests and becomes accepted, it gets called a "theory" - but experimental physicists will continue to try to find problems with it, so that the theorists can further improve their models.

We've published 23 articles and 37 specialist blog posts about physics so far, featuring 235 unanswered physics questions! But we're not done yet as we still have another 239 physics research areas in our database to write about, so come back soon!

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Will Gravitational Waves Solve One of the Biggest Mysteries in Physics? (Weekend Feature)
3rd December, 2022
    “Gravitational waves will bring us exquisitely accurate maps of black holes – maps of their space-time. Those maps will make it crystal clear whether or not what we’re dealing with are black holes as described by general relativity,” said Nobel Prize laureate, Caltech’s Kip Thorne. Scientists at Cardiff University’s Gravity Exploration Institute are [&…
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The Most Overhyped Space Movie to Soaring to Alpha Centauri to Mars’ Ancient Killer Asteroid (The Galaxy Report Weekend)
2nd December, 2022
This weekend's stories include A quantum computer has simulated a wormhole for the first time to James Webb Space Telescope view of Saturn's weirdest moon Titan to Southern hemisphere’s largest radio telescope joins search for extraterrestrial technology to Magnetic Milky Way filaments dwarfed by mysterious structures in distant galaxy cluster, and much more. The post The Most Overhyped Space Mo…
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[Not] A Wormhole in a Laboratory
1st December, 2022
Did physicists create a #wormhole in a lab? Or at least a baby wormhole? Or a simulation of a baby wormhole? Are they able to study quantum gravity in a lab? No, no, no. What they did is very interesting, but much less than any of these. #Hype #Einstein
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Do Exoplanet Scientists Have Favorite Exoplanets?
1st December, 2022
Exoplanets have become quite the sensation over the last decade-plus, with scientists confirming new exoplanets on a regular basis thanks to NASA’s Kepler and TESS missions, along with the James Webb Space Telescope recently examining exoplanet atmospheres, as well. It’s because of these discoveries that exoplanet science has turned into an exciting field of intrigue … Continue reading …

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Lightning
We don’t know what causes lightning, how much of it there is, nor how to predict it. As global temperatures increase, so does lightning; as lightning increases, so do global temperatures. Its impact on atmospheric chemistry is still being explored.
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Electrons
For subatomic particles, electrons are pretty well understood. But we still don’t know what they are, where they are, nor how they spin nor what spin is.
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Geoengineering
Geoengineering the climate would mean venturing into new technology with huge consequences. But what might those consequences be and is there an alternative solution to anthropogenic climate change?
Image credit: ©Photo: R Fletcher-Wood, Artist: Jason Heppenstall
Ambient chemistry
Chemists are exploring ways to mimic nature’s selective, low-temperature biochemical reactions that make delicate and reactive structures. Previously, chemists had copied high temperature geological reactions.
Image credit: Public Domain via Alexas_Fotos (Pixabay)
Time
What is time? We can measure it in terms of regular events like the Earth moving round the sun, but it can change with perspective, known in relativity as time dilation, and depends upon our perspective.
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Entropy
Entropy or disorder, is a scientific measure of things spreading out, of uncertainty, or of the information required to describe something. Entropy always increases, so what impact does it have on our universe, our materials, and our concept of exist

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TWDK magnifying glassAstronomy is one of the oldest subjects of study. It seeks to understand everything outside of our world and explain how it got there.

TWDK magnifying glassAtomic Physics is all about the interactions between matter (the stuff everything is made from) and more matter, or between matter and light.

TWDK magnifying glassBiophysics uses the principles of physics to study life at every level, from atoms and molecules, to cells, organisms and environments.

TWDK magnifying glassChemical Physics is the study of chemical processes in terms of the atoms and particles that make up a system.

TWDK magnifying glassClassical Physics deals with the physics of everyday things - from ice cubes to bicycles, or cups of tea. Things we take for granted, but often don't really understand.

TWDK magnifying glassElectromagnetism is the study of one of the four fundamental forces in nature - the electromagnetic force, which mediates interactions between charged particles.

TWDK magnifying glassGeophysics refers to the study of the physics of the Earth and its environment in space, including its gravitational and magnetic fields, and its atmosphere.

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TWDK magnifying glassMedical Physics ranges from enhancing diagnostic imagery to developing new techniques and equipment with which to treat patients.

TWDK magnifying glassParticle Physics is the study of the smallest things in the universe and the forces that govern their behaviour.

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