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Physics With a Twist

Robotics at a Snail's Pace

For years, a longtime friend and her erstwhile husband had their very own imaginary friend. Known simply as "Snail," he was rarely seen, but often heard from, in the form of cryptic notes, emails, and the occasional postcard sent from France (or London, or Italy, or wherever her itinerant artist spouse was traveling at the moment).

July 27, 2011 — Jennifer Ouellette

Flushed With Pride

[ For your weekend reading pleasure, here is an amusing post from the old blog on a recent acoustics paper. ]There is a marvelous French film from the 1970s called The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe , starring Pierre Richard as a hapless concert violinist who unwittingly becomes entangled in an elaborate game of one-up-manship between two rival factions in the French secret service.

July 22, 2011 — Jennifer Ouellette

Is It Cold in Here?

Last week, Linda Henneberg, a young science communication intern at CERN in Switzerland -- best known these days as the home of the Large Hadron Collider -- wrote a blog post about her experiences at the laboratory as both a woman and a non-PhD physicist.

July 20, 2011 — Jennifer Ouellette

Physicists Embrace the Splatter Master

What is it about painter Jackson Pollock that physicists find so entrancing? His notorious drip paintings have earned the artist as many naysayers as admirers over the years, but within today's art community his genius is largely undisputed.

July 18, 2011 — Jennifer Ouellette

A Series of Tubes

Imagine, if you will, a secret community dwelling beneath the streets of New York City, its inhabitants never allowed to travel to the surface or to interact in any way with the dreaded "Topsiders." That's the premise of an award-winning 1999 YA novel by Neal Shusterman called Downsiders , exploring what happens when a 14-year-old Downsider named Talon defies the prohibition and ends up falling in love with a Topsider named Lindsay.

July 11, 2011 — Jennifer Ouellette

Welcome to the Cocktail Party

Greetings, and welcome to Cocktail Party Physics, a science-and-culture blog that aims to create a salon-like virtual space highlighting the latest news and ideas in physics and related sciences — with a twist.

July 5, 2011 — Jennifer Ouellette

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