Physics ‘invented by men’? Scientist faces backlash after ‘highly offensive’ talk on gender bias

A senior scientist at Pisa University has sparked anger following a talk he gave on the role of women in physics at Cern, the European nuclear research centre, in which he said that physics was “invented and built by men”. Responding to the backlash, Cern released a statement which said the talk given by Prof […]

Whose name should be on the laws of physics for an expanding universe?

Enlarge / A monument in Belgium to Georges Lemaitre that shows his idea of an expanding universe. (credit: Wikimedia/EmDee, CC BY-SA) Astronomers are engaged in a lively debate over plans to rename one of the laws of physics. It emerged overnight at the 30th Meeting of the International Astronomical Union (IAU), in Vienna, where members […]

Swirling your wine is not pretentious; it’s just good physics

Enlarge / Gently swirling a glass of wine creates a single, smooth crest, mixing in oxygen to enhance the flavor. (credit: Richard Theis/EyeEm and Getty Images) Wine aficionados are known for gently swirling their wine in the glass before tasting, and it isn’t as pretentious as it seems. (Well, maybe a little.) They claim the […]