The Physics Philes, lesson 107: The Subjective Side of Physics

The Physics Philes, lesson 107: The Subjective Side of Physics

We’ve been riding waves for a while now, and last week we dove head-long into sound waves. Sound is particularly interesting, I think, because it’s really easy to illustrate how physics informs how our bodies react to external stimuli. What you hear when you hear a sound is directly related to the sound wave’s physical characteristics. The greater the pressure amplitude (the maxi... »

Reality Checks: New Climate Records, Fashionable Women, Dislikeing Atheists, Carbon Holocaust

Reality Checks: New Climate Records, Fashionable Women, Dislikeing Atheists, Carbon Holocaust

In 2013, the Earth hit new records for greenhouse gases, Arctic heat, warm ocean temperatures, and rising sea levels. (via Discovery News) Of course women can be intelligent, informed, and fashionable. (via Jezebel) According to a new poll, Americans don’t like Muslims and atheists very much. (via NPR) This climate change-denying physicist compares restricting carbon dioxide to the Holocaust... »

The Not so Beautiful Game Step 1: An Uncompelling Frame Narrative Stigmatizes Mental Illness

The Not so Beautiful Game Step 1: An Uncompelling Frame Narrative Stigmatizes Mental Illness

I have started reading Neil Strauss’ The Game.  I have heard this is the defining literary work of the pick up artist movement/subculture/whatever and while I have heard a lot of bad comments about it, I have never actually read it.  With the exception of Twilight, I do attempt to actually be somewhat familiar with the stuff I say bad things about it, so I borrowed it from a friend who assur... »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! One of the Guys Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! One of the Guys Edition

If you’ve never heard of Jenny Lewis, don’t worry. Neither had I. At least until this little song floated into my inbox from Teen Skepchick contributor floatingmanatee, aka Alice. Lewis (who apparently loves rainbow pantsuits) has been around the music scene for almost two decades as a member of various groups. Now, she’s coming out with her third solo album, The Voyager. Her fir... »

Reality Checks: Gender Quotas, Black Cap, and Sexual Harassment

Reality Checks: Gender Quotas, Black Cap, and Sexual Harassment

Gender quotas might work better in so-called “tight” cultures. (via Phys.org) Surprise! It’s basically impossible for women not to be judged on their sexuality. (via Think Progress) More changes at Marvel: Captain America will be a black man! (via The Verge) Sexual harassment is a big problem in science. (via Vox) Featured image credit: Marvel Got a link you think we should know ... »

Reality Checks: Iron Meteorite, Math in the Queue, Student Loan Scams, and New Thor

Reality Checks: Iron Meteorite, Math in the Queue, Student Loan Scams, and New Thor

Curiosity has found an iron meteorite on Mars. (via Discovery News) Math works against you when you get in line. (via Wired) Illinois becomes the first state to sue over student loan scams. (via Think Progress) Thor is a lady. But don’t think we’ll stop pushing for a Black Widow movie. (via Jezebel) Featured image credit: Xiaojun Deng via Flickr Got a link you think we should know abou... »

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