Peter Weiss' Articles

  • News

    Stuff gets stiffed by unstiff inserts

    In an odd twist, material that is so extremely yielding that it is said to have negative stiffness will make already stiff materials even stiffer when it's blended into them.
  • News

    Novel fuel cell gets hot, but not by a lot

    A new type of fuel cell that works above the boiling point of water—but not too much above it—may lead to improved nonpolluting power sources suitable for cars and portable electronic gadgets.
  • Feature

    Oceans of Electricity

    The world's first commercial wave-power plant began pumping current into a Scottish island's electric grid last winter, just ahead of a host of competing schemes for converting ocean-wave motion into electricity.
  • News

    Surface reaction recorded in real time

    Ultrafast laser pulses may have for the first time revealed the incredibly rapid, step-by-step progress of a complete chemical reaction on a surface, at the actual speed at which it took place.
  • News

    Cold sliver may sense electron quiver

    By detecting vibrations of less than an atom's width of a tiny cantilever, physicists have made the most sensitive measurement of force ever by mechanical means.
  • News

    Moon may radio cosmic rays' biggest hits

    Efforts to use the moon to detect the highest-energy cosmic rays get a boost from an experiment showing that gamma rays zipping through a giant sandbox cause the kind of microwave bursts moon-watchers are hoping to see.
  • News

    Frigid 'dynamite' assembles into superatom

    Although it's now the fifth element to be made into the strange state of ultracold matter known as Bose-Einstein condensate, helium may prove to be the most revealing so far because of unusually high energies within the newly condensed atoms.
  • News

    Some swell materials give up their secret

    The discovery of a previously overlooked crystal structure in the best so-called piezoelectric materials may explain their remarkable amount of swelling when zapped by an electric field.