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The Physics of Thor's Hammer Immortalized in Comic Form

Back in February, Jen-Luc Piquant chatted with University of Minnesota physicist Jim Kakalios (author of The Physics of Superheroes , among other achievements) in Second Life's Virtually Speaking Science series.

June 6, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Physics Week in Review: June 1, 2013

It was yet another week filled with the exciting, the quirky and the just plain interesting in physics.Metals Become Molecular-Like at the Atomic Scale, Reveal Materials Scientists.

June 1, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Q&A With Astrophysicist Mario Livio on Brilliant Blunders

A good friend recently asked her social circle for any words of wisdom for her soon-to-be-a-high-school-graduate daughter, with an eye towards presenting said daughter with a book collecting all that wisdom on the special day.

May 29, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Physics Week in Review: May 25, 2013

Nature Education launched its expanded SciTable blog network this week, including this post by undergraduate Bruce Braun on searching for Dyson spheres: "Dyson Spheres are hypothetical mega-systems which surround a star in order to absorb energy.

May 25, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Dear Guardian: You've Been Played

A number of people have been privately asking me about the recent Guardian article (and accompanying Op-Ed by Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy) gushing over a supposedly revolutionary new unified theory of physics by a man who officially left academia 20 years ago.

May 24, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Physics Week in Review: May 18, 2013

So much science-y goodness this past week! First up: I have a post at the newly launched Nautilus on the physics of the blues, focusing on the work of J.

May 18, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

C'mon Baby Light My (Magnetic) Fire

Living in Los Angeles for the last six years, I've become quite familiar with the spread of wildfires, with a corresponding deepening respect for Nature's power.

May 17, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Idol Tweets: Mapping the Social Space with Twitter

Many viewers who tuned into American Idol on April 4th expected the dismissal of Lazaro Arbos, a likeable young man with an endearing stutter but marginal talent and an unfortunate tendency to forget lyrics.

May 12, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Physics Week in Review: May 11, 2013

It was a busy week! I hosted an hour-long discussion with Maria Konnikova, my SciAm bloggy sibling and author of Mastermind: How To Think Like Sherlock Holmes , in Second Life as part of Virtually Speaking Science.

May 11, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

Physics Week in Review: May 4, 2013

This week saw the launch of a new science-and-culture magazine, Nautilus, with both print and online versions. I'll be contributing regular blog posts to the site.

May 4, 2013 — Jennifer Ouellette

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