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The Physics Philes, lesson 108: The Speed of Sound

The Physics Philes, lesson 108: The Speed of Sound

Last week we talked a bit about how our ears work and how they perceive sound. If we’re having a conversation, the sound seems to travel from my mouth to your ears in an instant. But what do you hear in a thunder storm? We know that thunder is the sound we hear as the air around a lightning bolt rapidly expands. We also probably know from experience that we see the lightning bolt before we h... »

Reality Checks: National Misogyny League, Gecko Sex Satellite, Aliens and Christianity, and the UN Speaks on Abortion Restrictions

Reality Checks: National Misogyny League, Gecko Sex Satellite, Aliens and Christianity, and the UN Speaks on Abortion Restrictions

The NFL doesn’t care about women. But they will take our money. (via Jezebel) Russia loses control of gecko sex experiment satellite. (via BBC) If we discovered alien life, how would Christianity handle it? (via io9) The UN warns that strict abortion restrictions are human rights violations. (via Think Progress) Featured image credit: Steve Jurvetson via Flickr Got a link you think we should... »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Seething Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Seething Edition

Happy Friday, everyone! Time to kick off the weekend right with a little awesome sauce music. This week, though, we have something a little different. But it’s pretty cool so I think you’ll like it. Andy Lomas is a digital artist. He created a virtual model for cell growth, and with it we can watch as sculptures inspired by biology grow. According to io9, he got together with techno-pr... »

Reality Checks: Ebola, ‘Aquanauts,’ Useless Tylenol, and 3D Printable Spacecrafts

Reality Checks: Ebola, ‘Aquanauts,’ Useless Tylenol, and 3D Printable Spacecrafts

The top doctor working on the Ebola outbreak in Africa is now infected with the virus. (via Think Progress) ‘Aquanauts’ use water as a space analog. (via DNews) Tylenol is useless for back pain, a new study finds. (via Reuters) If you have a 3D printer, take note: NASA has released printable models of spacecraft and planets. (via io9) Featured image credit: Shardayyy via Flickr Got a l... »

Reality Checks: Mount Fuji, Child Brides, and the Health Benefits of Good Schools

Reality Checks: Mount Fuji, Child Brides, and the Health Benefits of Good Schools

Is Mount Fuji ready to blow? (via Wired) Compared to chicken, beef is pretty bad for the environment. (via D-brief) According to a new study, 700 million women were married as children. (via Raw Story) A supportive school environment can improve the health of poor students. (via Think Progress) Featured image credit: midsorisyu via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

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... »

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... »

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