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Physics Week in Review: August 31, 2013

Physics Week in Review: August 31, 2013

This week at Nautilus, I wrote about two recent papers aimed at unwinding the Mystery of Namibia’s Natural Crop Circles. And while the official publication date isn’t until January 28, Jen-Luc Piquant was psyched to receive the bound galleys of my new book: Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self...

August 31, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette
Sherlock Holmes and the Dynamics of an Asteroid

Sherlock Holmes and the Dynamics of an Asteroid

As a diehard fan of Sherlock Holmes, I sometimes envy my (now former) SciAm co-blogger Maria Konnikova for figuring out to combine her love for Holmes with her field of psychology (cf.

August 27, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: August 24, 2013

Physics Week in Review: August 24, 2013

There was an embarrassment of riches this week over at Nautilus. We learned that An Arguably Unreal Particle Powers All of Your Electronics.   Tom Siegfried explored Science’s Significant Stats Problem: Researchers’ rituals for assessing probability may mislead as much as enlighten...

August 24, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: August 17, 2013

Physics Week in Review: August 17, 2013

Welcome to another eclectic collection of physics-ish links. This week on Nautilus, I wrote about how that Quirky Muon Just Might Spur a Physics Breakthrough—Again.

August 17, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Physics Week in Review: August 10, 2013

This week, I wrote about quasicrystals for Nautilus, telling the story of unlikely rocks found in unlikely places: Siberia, outer space, and medieval mosques.  And here’s something a wee bit different: I chatted with the folks at the Hiyaa!...

August 10, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Future Shock: Technology of “Continuum” Has Its Roots in Today

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the rules of time travel in the new(ish) SyFy series Continuum for Nautilus. It’s among my favorite current series, and not just because it offers an intelligent treatment of what one might call the Time Traveler’s Dilemma: deciding between “Whatever happened, happened and I can’t change the [...]..

August 7, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Confound It! The Mathematics of Learning Language

“Eighteen nouns and three verbs, they’re in her fingers now. I need only time to push one of them into her mind. One, and everything under the sun will follow.” — Annie Sullivan, The Miracle Worker Over one hundred years ago, a baby girl fell ill with what may have been scarlet fever (or meningitis), [...]..

August 6, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Cambyses’ Lost Army and the Physics of Sandstorms

Over the weekend Jen-Luc Piquant found herself pondering the works of Herodotus, specifically the tale of the Lost Army of Cambyses. Sometime around 524 BC, priests at the oracle of the Temple of Amun decided they didn’t much care for their new ruler, Cambyses II, son of Cyrus the Great...

August 5, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Cambyses' Lost Army and the Physics of Sandstorms

Over the weekend Jen-Luc Piquant found herself pondering the works of Herodotus, specifically the tale of the Lost Army of Cambyses. Sometime around 524 BC, priests at the oracle of the Temple of Amun decided they didn't much care for their new ruler, Cambyses II, son of Cyrus the Great...

August 5, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Physics Week in Review: August 3, 2013

If this week’s link fest has a theme, it might just be teleportation. I wrote about The Trouble With Teleportation for Nautilus this week, a.k.a., why the pig lizard in Galaxy Quest met with an icky end.  The same issue featured a cool science fiction short story in, which one woman faces a tough choice [...]..

August 3, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

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