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  • Physics Week in Review: August 29, 2015

    Physics Week in Review: August 29, 2015

    By Jennifer Ouellette | August 29, 2015 |

    Start your weekend with some data-driven eye candy. Artists Turn Tectonic Activity Into Surprisingly Soothing Data Visualizations with Bloom . "The horizontal position of each of the blooms is based on time, while its vertical position is based on the magnitude of the rate of change of motion detected at the seismograph. […]

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  • Physics Week in Review: August 22, 2015

    Physics Week in Review: August 22, 2015

    By Jennifer Ouellette | August 22, 2015 |

    A team of scientists at Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain took materials science into stealth mode, creating a Wormhole Illusion that Causes Magnetic Field To Move Through Space Undetected. Please note: “It’s not an actual wormhole, it’s not creating a real path in space-time that connects two points. […]

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  • In Memoriam: Jacob Bekenstein (1947–2015) and Black Hole Entropy

    In Memoriam: Jacob Bekenstein (1947–2015) and Black Hole Entropy

    By Jennifer Ouellette | August 17, 2015 |

    Sad news reached Jen-Luc Piquant this morning via Jonathan Oppenheim's Twitter feed : physicist Jacob Bekenstein, a professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, passed away last night. I never had the honor of meeting Dr. Bekenstein in person, but I certainly know the name. […]

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  • Physics Week in Review: August 15, 2015

    Physics Week in Review: August 15, 2015

    By Jennifer Ouellette | August 15, 2015 |

    This week, intrepid stargazers around the world camped out to catch the Perseid meteor shower -- folks like Gizmodo contributor Attila Nagy, who Spent Two Glorious Nights Shooting the Perseid Meteor Shower under the open skies of Hungary.  Gizmodo , the Guardian and Discovery News were among the outlets compiling the best photographs of the celestial event. […]

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  • Physics Week in Review: August 8, 2015

    Physics Week in Review: August 8, 2015

    By Jennifer Ouellette | August 8, 2015 |

    This week in physics demonstrations, physicist and blogger Greg Gbur (a.k.a. Dr. Skyskull) discovered that making Lichtenberg figures is as much an art as a science . "The reference to “frozen lightning” is not a bad description because Lichtenberg figures are formed by essentially the same process as a lightning bolt, albeit on a much smaller scale." Check out a sample figure (right) and others on his site, along with details about the history and science of this nifty art form. […]

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  • Physics Week in Review: August 1, 2015

    Physics Week in Review: August 1, 2015

    By Jennifer Ouellette | August 1, 2015 |

    You've never seen water droplets the way they're featured in these macro photos , which turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. "Photographer Ivelina Blagoeva has enlightened us with her water droplet photography by snapping them with different backgrounds such as branches, flowers and even spider webs, to bring out beautiful colour." Photoacoustic Imaging: A Scientist Deploys Light And Sound To Reveal The Living Brain. […]

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  • A Whale of a Tale: Those Cetacean Waste Products Are More Valuable Than You Think

    A Whale of a Tale: Those Cetacean Waste Products Are More Valuable Than You Think

    By Jennifer Ouellette | July 27, 2015 |

    Jen-Luc Piquant was fascinated to read about so-called "Snotbots" this past week, designed to hover around whales in the wild and collect the "blow" when the creatures exhale -- i.e., their snot. Scientists can learn a lot from whale snot about the impact of human activity (environmental toxins, noise pollution, etc.) on things like their reproductive cycles and stress levels  But how to get those samples  as quickly and least intrusively as possible? […]

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  • Physics Week in Review: July 25, 2015

    Physics Week in Review: July 25, 2015

    By Jennifer Ouellette | July 25, 2015 |

    Start your weekend by savoring this Stunning Arabic Light Calligraphy by Julien Breton , aka "Kaalam," a "master of photographic light painting, turning full-body gestures reminiscent of dance movements into the invisible pen strokes of Arabic calligraphy." For more on light painting, check out my 2013 post , Tripping the Light Fantastic: Artists Paint with light. […]

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  • Physics Week in Review: July 18, 2015

    Physics Week in Review: July 18, 2015

    By Jennifer Ouellette | July 18, 2015 |

    Pluto-mania struck this week as NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Finally Completed Its Flyby of Pluto -- an event that was a decade in the making, so naturally it dominated science news all over. And the plucky little spacecraft did not disappoint , producing t he first-ever photos of Pluto's surface within the first 24 hours, followed by an extreme close-up the following day. […]

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  • Physics Week in Review: July 11, 2015

    Physics Week in Review: July 11, 2015

    By Jennifer Ouellette | July 11, 2015 |

    Start your weekend off right with an appreciation of The Art of Schrodinger’s Cat , whereby non-physicists, including artists, look at Schrodinger's Cat without the quantum mechanics. Jen-Luc Piquant's favorite (pictured at right): "Artist Jie Qi saw that the two states of the cat, alive and dead at the same time, were impossible. […]

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