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Physics Week in Review: January 25, 2014

Physics Week in Review: January 25, 2014

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...

January 25, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette

Physics Week in Review: January 18, 2014

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 [...]..

January 18, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: January 11, 2014

Physics Week in Review: January 11, 2014

“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...

January 11, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
PBS Brings “Poisoner’s Handbook” To the Small Screen

PBS Brings “Poisoner’s Handbook” To the Small Screen

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...

January 7, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: January 4, 2014

Physics Week in Review: January 4, 2014

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...

January 4, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: December 28, 2013

Physics Week in Review: December 28, 2013

It’s the last physics link fest of 2013! Not surprisingly, there were tons of Christmas-themed items circling the Internet this week.

December 28, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: December 21, 2013

Physics Week in Review: December 21, 2013

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...

December 21, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette
Bring Me Your Huddled Penguins Who Move Like Cars in Heavy Traffic

Bring Me Your Huddled Penguins Who Move Like Cars in Heavy Traffic

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...

December 16, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: December 14, 2013

Physics Week in Review: December 14, 2013

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.

December 14, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

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