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  • Physics Week in Review: November 22, 2014

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    Here’s a disquieting thought for your weekend: Dark Energy Might Be Stealing the Glue Holding the Universe Together. A new invisibility cloak simultaneously works for heat flow and electrical current. The Proton and Neutron Just Got Two Brand New Subatomic Cousins in the Baryon Family.  A new LHCb result adds two new composite particles to [...]

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    Physics Week in Review (Philae Edition): November 15, 2014

    The craggy surface of the comet - looking over one of Philae's feet. Credit" ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA

    “The Philae has landed!” Excitement over the Rosetta mission has been building for weeks, with tons of explanatory blog posts on what the lander is meant to find, helpful historical timelines, and an Astronaut Simulating the Comet Landing while on board the Space Station. At long last, the wait is over: European Space Agency’s Philae [...]

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    Nobel Vintage: Fundamental Physics Prize Co-Winner Sells No Wine Before Its Time

    Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt checks the status of his fermenting grapes.

    Last night the winners of the 2015 Breakthrough Prizes were announced, including the $3 million Fundamental Physics Prize — likely the most lucrative such honor in science. And while prior winners have skewed heavily towards string theory and theoretical cosmology, this year’s winners were the Nobel-winning teams responsible for measuring the accelerating expansion of the [...]

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    Physics Week in Review: November 8, 2014

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    It was a big week for physics in the movies, with the premiere of Interstellar, and the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything. That translates into lots of pixels commenting on the science behind the films. For instance, Interstellar‘s Black Hole was Once Seen As Pure Speculation. Related: Learn more about the Physics of [...]

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    Physics Week in Review: November 1, 2014

    Photo: Henry Segerman,

    Hope everyone enjoyed their Halloween festivities. Here’s a few other related links: The ghostly glow of St. Elmo’s fire: it works the same way that a neon light glows.  The Levitating Halloween Pumpkin with a superconductor inside.  Bonus: More Conceptual Physics Halloween Costumes.This year, go out as The Holographic Principle! Anticipation is still building for [...]

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    Physics Week in Review: October 25, 2014

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    Halloween is a week away, and for those in search of costume ideas, here are some Physics-Themed Halloween Costumes to make zombie Einstein proud. If Jen-Luc Piquant weren’t rocking the vampire look, she would totes dress up as a Feynman diagram. Also: Ten Nerdy Science Costumes for Halloween. It’s almost time for the premiere of [...]

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    Manh(a)ttan Recap: Sacrificing the Few for the Many [SPOILERS]

    Frank Winter (John Benjamin Hickey) is promoted by J. Robert Oppenheimer (Daniel London) on WGN America's "Manh(a)ttan."

    Rejoice, my fellow fans of Manh(a)ttan (a.k.a. “Fanhattans”), for this critically acclaimed fledgling series on WGN America has been renewed for a second season, just in time for the season finale (“Perestroika”). We’ve watched our characters — Frank Winter chief among them — weave an elaborate web of secrets and lies over the course of [...]

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    Physics Week in Review: October 18, 2014

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    It was Ada Lovelace Day this past week, So Here’s The Life And Times Of Ada Lovelace, The First Computer Programmer.  Related: Beyond Emmy (Noether) and Sophie (Germain): Resources for Learning about Women in Math.  Also: Take the Guardian‘s quiz: how much do you know about women in science? Bonus: This Ada Lovelace Inspired Artwork [...]

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    Manh(a)ttan Recap: Thin Man Implodes [SPOILERS]

    David Harbour as Reed Ackley and Ashley Zukerman as Charlie Isaacs.

    Secrets have a way of coming out, one way or the other, despite one’s best efforts to contain them, and boy howdy, do they ever on the penultimate episode of Manh(a)ttan. In the process, “The Gun Model” finally sheds some light on the enigmatic cipher that is Reed Ackley, head of the Thin Man design [...]

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    Physics Week in Review (Nobel ’14 Edition): October 11, 2014

    Blue light-emitting diodes prove Nobel-worthy. Credit: Wikimedia user:Gussisaurio,

    It was the Nobel Prize announcement that launched a thousand “How many physicists does it take to change a light bulb?” jokes on twitter. (I know, we all thought we were being totes original.)  The Nobel Prize committee awarded this year’s prize in physics to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, who produced blue [...]

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