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Blast from the Past: A Few Science Highlights from 1994

Blast from the Past: A Few Science Highlights from 1994

I’ve never been particularly nostalgic, despite loving history (and science history in particular). But it’s fun sometimes to take a look back on more recent events — if by recent one means nearly 20 years ago — to remind ourselves of how quickly things change and perhaps provide a bit of perspective on the hectic [...]..

December 10, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette
Gag Me With a Spoon: “Val-Speak” Takes Over SoCal

Gag Me With a Spoon: “Val-Speak” Takes Over SoCal

What’sa matter with the way I talk? I am a val, I know But I live like in a really good part of Encino so it’s okay. – “Valley Girl,” Frank Zappa (1982) Frank Zappa’s quirky Top 40 hit from 1982, “Valley Girl,” doesn’t get much radio airplay these days, even on the “nostalgia” stations, [...]..

December 8, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Physics Week in Review: December 7, 2013

This week kicked off with (another) Giant Leap For SpaceX: as Elon Musk’s company conquered Geostationary Orbit. Meanwhile, NASA funding shuffle alarms planetary scientists since it means that NASA Might Stop Exploring the Planets...

December 7, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: November 30, 2013

Physics Week in Review: November 30, 2013

As you read this, we will be winging our way back home to Los Angeles after a lovely stint across the pond. The Time Lord has much to be thankful for, since — defying our expectations and the bookie odds — his book about the hunt for the Higgs boson, The Particle at the End [...]..

November 30, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Physics Week in Review: November 23, 2013

Jen-Luc Piquant is currently shivering her pixelated heart out in Merry Olde England, where the Time Lord is among the finalists for the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books; the festivities take place this Monday...

November 23, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: November 16, 2013

Physics Week in Review: November 16, 2013

This week, my guest on Virtually Speaking Science was TIME health reporter Maia Szalavitz, who specializes in addiction, among other topics.

November 16, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: November 9, 2013

Physics Week in Review: November 9, 2013

This was the week we all turned our clocks back one hour, thereby disrupting our sleep/wake cycles. And here’s a post about how Ben Franklin, rudely awakened by dawn in Paris, dreamed up Daylight Savings Time...

November 9, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review (All Saint’s Edition): November 2, 2013

Physics Week in Review (All Saint’s Edition): November 2, 2013

Happy All Saint’s Day, one day late! There were lots of fun Halloween-related science links this week, including The Argument For and Against Kicking Werewolves in the Testicles;  The Bernoulli Fallacy and other zombie myths of physics; The Harvard Doctor Who Accidentally Unleashed a Zombie Invasion...

November 2, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette
Tripping the Light Fantastic: Artists Paint With Light

Tripping the Light Fantastic: Artists Paint With Light

Via This Colossal, Jen-Luc Piquant was thrilled to learn about a nifty new tool called the Pixelstick. The brainchild of Duncan Frazier and Steve McGuigan of Brookyln-based BitBanger Labs, the Pixelstick lets users create long-exposure light paintings — and yes, they have a Kickstarter campaign...

October 31, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

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