Shameless self-promotion alert! Tuesday marked the release of my fourth book for Penguin, Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self.
This week on Virtually Speaking Science, I chatted with Drexel University physicist Dave Goldberg, who writes the io9 “Ask a Physicist” column and is the author of one of my fave physics books of 2013, The Universe in the Rearview Mirror...
This week saw the release of the Edge Annual Question: What scientific idea is ready for retirement? Many excellent responses were submitted; the Time Lord zeroed in on the various entries dealing with Falsifiability, cause and effect, IQ, and the universe as his faves, while Kate Clancy took a good, hard look at The Way [...]..
“Information is the currency of nature.” — Seth Lloyd Jen-Luc Piquant spent the entire week at the FQXI conference, exploring the foundational questions relating to the Physics of Information in the idyllic beachfront setting that is Puerto Rico’s island of Vieques...
If you’re a fan of poisons and 1920s New York City, be sure and tune into PBS American Experience at 8 PM EST tonight, when it debuts the TV adaptation of Deborah Blum’s bestselling The Poisoner’s Handbook...
Welcome to 2014! Just when you thought the excitement of the holidays was over: apparently today is Zero G Day! No, you won’t be able to float because of the combined gravity of Jupiter and Pluto...
It’s the last physics link fest of 2013! Not surprisingly, there were tons of Christmas-themed items circling the Internet this week.
Christmas approacheth (for those who celebrate) and Jen-Luc Piquant received an early present: the Cocktail Party Physics post, “The Science of Mysteries: Leave Us the Counterpoint” — an homage to a key theme in the Dorothy Sayers classic mystery Gaudy Night — was selected for Open Lab 2013...
Sometimes science is all about uncovering hidden patterns. When Daniel Zitterbart of the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany spent some time in Antarctica researching seismology several years ago, he noticed something curious about the local Emperor penguins: the males tended to huddle together in very dense formations, often thousands at a time...
The winter solstice isn’t until next week, but the earliest sunset of the year already happened. How’s that possible? We’re getting awfully close to Christmas.
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