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Paradox: A Q&A with Jim al-Khalili

One of my favorite science books in recent years was physicist Jim al-Khalili's The House of Wisdom , delving into the Islamic Golden Age, when the arts, sciences and mathematics flourished in the Muslim world as much of Western Europe fell into the Dark Ages...

October 9, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette

Walking on Eggshells: Anatomy of a Science Story

Today I have a piece in Slate's Food section on what physics has to say about the proper way to crack an egg. Yeah, you heard me: there's physics in the Food section, which is AS IT SHOULD BE, because physics is everywhere, y'all, and the folks at Slate totally get that...

September 26, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette

It's Here! Best Science Writing Online 2012

The Big Day has finally arrived: The Best Science Writing Online 2012 -- or, The Anthology Formerly Known as Open Lab (TAFKOL) -- hits the shelves, virtual or otherwise, and as this year's guest editor, I couldn't be happier for the many talented writers featured in this edition...

September 18, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette

Up Close and Personal with Marie Curie

Marie Curie is one of the most famous scientists in history, rivaling Albert Einstein for sheer name recognition, and there have been countless biographies published about her life over the years...

September 10, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette

My So-Called Second Life: Are You Your Avatar?

The Twitterati likely already know that last week, I joined MIT science writing professor (and fellow author/physics aficionado ) Tom Levenson in the virtual world, Second Life, for the Virtually Speaking Science (VSS) podcast, hosted by BlogTalk Radio...

September 6, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette

Walking on... Custard? Fun with Non-Newtonian Fluids

Man, those Brits have some awesome TV programming. Not only does Jen-Luc Piquant adore the BBC's modern Sherlock reboot, she's also a diehard fan of all those Inspector Morse mysteries ("Oh, for god's sake, Lewis!") and the weirdly oddball Blackadder series ("I have a cunning plan!")...

September 5, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette

Knowing When To Fold `Em: The Science of Poker

Last week, a federal judge in Brooklyn overturned the indictment of a Staten Island man who ran poker games in the back room of a warehouse, on the grounds that poker is a game of skill, not chance -- and hence, such games cannot be prosecuted under federal laws prohibiting illegal gambling businesses.It's just the latest sally in the ongoing debate over poker that's been raging for more than 150 years...

August 27, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette

Shiny! On the Iridescence of Squid

There's a killer video making its way around the Intertubes, showcasing the color-changing skin of a Longfin Inshore squid shifting hues in sync to Cypress Hill.

August 25, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette

Make Us Do the Math

Forgive Jen-Luc Piquant for being a bit rant-y, but today we are defending algebra. Again. We also defended algebra last night on the newly launched Huffington Post LIVE streaming network, along with a few other like-minded sorts...

August 14, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette

Come Firewalk With Me: The Physics of Hot Coals

Via io9, Jen-Luc Piquant learned that 21 very gullible people attempted to fire-walk as part of a four-day motivational seminar in San Jose last weekend run by Tony ("Unleash the power within!") Robbins...

July 24, 2012 — Jennifer Ouellette

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