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Physics Week in Review: November 22, 2014

Credit: Nuala O'Donovan, http://www.nualaodonovan.com

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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Physics Week in Review: November 8, 2014

Credit: Simon Beck, https://www.facebook.com/snowart8848

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, http://www.segerman.org

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

Credit: Tang-Ngiap Heng, http://www.thepond.com.sg

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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Physics Week in Review: October 18, 2014

Credit: Carol Milne, http://www.carolmilne.com

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

Blue light-emitting diodes prove Nobel-worthy. Credit: Wikimedia user:Gussisaurio, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/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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Physics Week in Review: October 4, 2014

Credit: Aiko Miyanaga, http://www.aiko-m.com/eindex.html

While everyone’s biding their time for next week’s Nobel prize announcements — and in some cases, indulging in some speculative predictions — scientific progress marches on. Case in point: Physicists have found Evidence Of A Particle That Is Its Own Antiparticle, both matter and antimatter. Researchers observed the signature of “Majorana particles” — originally predicted [...]

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Physics Week in Review: September 27, 2014

Planck’s full-sky map showing the projected dust contamination at 150 GHz. Credit: Planck collaboration.

The big physics news this week was the announcement of the long-awaited results from the Planck missions — and the news is not good for the BICEP2 collaboration: the Study Confirmed Criticism of BICEP2′s original Big Bang Finding.  They may have had space dust in their eyes. Researchers on the Planck mission say galactic dust [...]

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Physics Week in Review: September 20, 2014

The aurora borealis shimmers above the Arctic Cathedral in Tromsø, Norway on September 12, 2014. (Photo: ©Tom Yulsman)

On the latest episode of the Know Brainer Podcast, I chatted with host Christina Ochoa about Self- Experimentation, Time and Identity, and Body Fluids in Art. It’s available on iTunes or via Libsyn direct feed for your listening pleasure. And check out prior episodes of this most excellent podcast. Everything was coming up Rosetta this [...]

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Scary subject matter.

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This being Hallowe’en, I felt like I should serve you something scary. But what? Verily, we’ve talked about some scary things here: Dangers to life and limb in academic chemistry labs, and the suggestion that lab safety is too expensive. My unsavory habit of sending gastropods in my garden to a soapy end Implicit biases [...]

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Reading the writing on the (Facebook) wall: a community responds to Dario Maestripieri.

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Imagine an academic scientist goes to a big professional meeting in his field. For whatever reason, he then decides to share the following “impression” of that meeting with his Facebook friends: My impression of the Conference of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans. There are thousands of people at the conference and an unusually [...]

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Things to read on my other blog: #scio12 preparations, truthiness at NYT, and an interview with a chloroplast.

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For those of you who mostly follow my writing here on “Doing Good Science,” I thought I should give you a pointer to some things I’ve posted so far this month (which is almost half-over already?!) on my other blog, “Adventures in Ethics and Science”. Feel free to jump in to the discussions in the [...]

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