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The Physics of Thor's Hammer Immortalized in Comic Form

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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