How to Instantly Stop the Sound of a Dripping Tap, According to Science

It’s tempting to think that the “plink” sound produced by a falling water droplet on a liquid surface is caused by the droplet itself, but new research points to an unexpected source of this familiar, yet annoying, sound. Excitingly, the researchers have also identified a neat hack to stop it. Read More >>

Scientists Have Created Self-Flowing Liquids That Don’t Need Pumps to Move Around

To bring a constant supply of fresh water into its massive cities, the Romans built countless miles of gravity-powered aqueducts, all at a tremendous expense. But even the massive pumping stations we rely on now might one day be obsolete as scientists work on perfecting liquids that can move all by themselves. Read More >>

Oxford Researchers Promise Splashback-Free Urinals

A team from Oxford University has been lumbered with looking at ways to minimise the spreading of infections through splashing and spraying, with a lucky side-effect of coming up with something that might stop men splashing wee all over themselves when using a urinal. Read More >>

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What Happens When You Shoot a Golf Ball at a Balloon Filled with Non-Newtonian Fluid?

Non-Newtonian fluids are liquids that are also sort of solid but also sort of neither but also sort of both? They’re very thick liquids or very giving solids, depending on what you want to call them. That’s why they’re so fun to do science experiments with. The Backyard Scientist went and filled up balloons with non-Newtonian fluids and ripped a chainsaw through them, shot a BB-gun at them, and fired off a golf ball cannon at them too. Read More >>

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These Floating Globes of Ink and Oil Look Completely Unreal

Oil and water don't mix. It's an idiom that feels as old as time. But photographer Alberto Seveso found a way to get oil and ink to play nice, and the results are stunning. Read More >>