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Physics Week in Review: April 5, 2014

The biggest physics news this week is the announcement of possible hints of dark matter in Fermi data, namely, a curious excess of gamma-ray light coming from the center of our galaxy.&..

April 5, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: March 29, 2014

Physics Week in Review: March 29, 2014

This week there continued to be Ripples From the Big Bang. Sean Carroll discussed When Nature Looks Unnatural: “Ultimately it's nature, not us, that decides what's natural.” And Matt Strassler was back, explaining Which Parts of the Big Bang Theory are Reliable, and Why.  Also: The gravitational-wave finding would strengthen case for multiverse and all [...]..

March 29, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review (BICEP2 Edition): March 22, 2014

Physics Week in Review (BICEP2 Edition): March 22, 2014

Really, there was only one physics story this week — or at least one that dominated the headlines, and deservedly so. I’m talking about the exciting major announcement from the BICEP2 collaboration (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization 2), rumored last week, that pretty much lived up to the hype — they announced the possible [...]..

March 22, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: March 15, 2014

Physics Week in Review: March 15, 2014

For those who don’t hang out much on Google+ (and also for those who do), the Time Lord (a.k.a. Caltech physicist Sean M. Carroll) and I did a live hangout with Read Science, co-hosted by my fellow SciAm blogger Joanne Manaster...

March 15, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette

Serpentine Style: The Physics of Flying Snakes

Jen-Luc Piquant noticed a couple of news items this week on the latest research into the physics of so-called flying snakes. It just so happens I wrote about this back in 2010, prior to joining Scientific American‘s blog network, so it’s worth reviving parts of that original post here, along with the new work.  You [...]..

March 14, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette

Guest Post: Is It Solipsistic in Here, or Is It Just Me?

NOTE: Jen-Luc Piquant is delighted to feature a guest post today by fellow science writer Amanda Gefter, author of the wonderful new book, Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn: A Father, a Daughter, the Meaning of Nothing, and the Beginning of Everything I'm sure every freshly published author struggles with the ungainly demands of self-promotion...

March 12, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: March 8, 2014

Physics Week in Review: March 8, 2014

We’ve been a bit crazed this week plugging the new book, as authors are wont to do. I chatted with Chris Mooney on Mother Jones’ Inquiring Minds podcast on how the science of self is exploring not just who we are, but if we are...

March 8, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: March 1, 2014

Physics Week in Review: March 1, 2014

It’s been a busy week. Tuesday evening, I gave a lecture based on the new book (Me, Myself, and Why: Searching for the Science of Self) at Seattle’s Town Hall.  And later today, I’ll be appearing at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington, DC, so if you’re in the area around 3:30 PM, stop in [...]..

March 1, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: February 1, 2014

Physics Week in Review: February 1, 2014

The big news this week — for me, at least — was the release of my new book, Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self, which traces various scientific strands that weave together to make us the people that we are...

February 1, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette

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