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The Physics Philes, lesson 105: Physics Makes Beautiful Music

The Physics Philes, lesson 105: Physics Makes Beautiful Music

Over these past several weeks, we’ve learned a lot about mechanical waves. However, what we’ve learned is a simple version of the waves we come in contact with every day. For example, the sound string instruments make are complex standing waves. To illustrate this, let’s think about what would happen if a string vibrated at one frequency. If we displace a string so the shape it m... »

Reality Checks: LGBT Rights, Unresolved Cancer Questions, “False Balance,” and Penguins

Reality Checks: LGBT Rights, Unresolved Cancer Questions, “False Balance,” and Penguins

The UN Human Rights Council is not living up to its name when it comes to LGBT rights. (via Raw Story) Three as yet unresolved questions in cancer research. (via Scientific American) The BBC makes changes designed to prevent “false balance” in science reporting. (via io9) Penguins endangered by melting arctic ice. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Christopher Michel via Flickr Got a lin... »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Notorious R.B.G. Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Notorious R.B.G. Edition

Hello, Internet! Welcome to another edition of Awesome Sauce Music Friday! You’ve probably heard by now of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. (If you’re still confused by what went on, I tried to explain it.) While Justice Alito wrote the majority opinion, the medal for SCOTUS BAMF goes to Justice Ginsburg with her scathing diss... »

Reality Checks: Cosmic Inflation, Birth Control, Chimp Communication, and Manatees

Reality Checks: Cosmic Inflation, Birth Control, Chimp Communication, and Manatees

BICEP2 team up with their rivals to prove cosmic inflation. (via BBC) SCOTUS gives a Christian university the OK to opt out of covering birth control. (via Raw Story) Two new studies shed light on the complexities of chimp and bonobo communication. (via Wired) The manatee might be bumped from endangered to threatened. (via Reuters) Featured image credit: United State Fish and Wildlife Service via ... »

Reality Checks: Four-Star Lady, Another Gay Marriage Ban Falls, and Dangerous Acupucture

Reality Checks: Four-Star Lady, Another Gay Marriage Ban Falls, and Dangerous Acupucture

The United States Navy has promoted Adm. Michelle J. Howard to four-star admiral, the first woman to achieve that rank. (via The Washington Post) A federal court said that Kentucky’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. (via USA Today) Elite, male, university scientists don’t hire very many female students to work in their labs. (via Think Progress) A new study indicates that tub... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 104: Standing O for Standing Waves

The Physics Philes, lesson 104: Standing O for Standing Waves

Now that we have nodes, antinodes, and standing waves under our belt, it’s time to move on to something called normal modes. But wait. Let’s step back a bit. As we were learning about standing waves, we didn’t care so much about the length of the string or what was happening on the free end of the string. But now we need to think about a string of a finite length that is held fix... »

Reality Checks: Physics of Dance, Cancelled Hockey, and Gay Sports

Reality Checks: Physics of Dance, Cancelled Hockey, and Gay Sports

Yale combines dance and physics into one awesome class. (via io9) This hardy fungus could save antibiotics. (via Discovery News) A Canadian university cancels hockey because the team members are too rapey. (via Jezebel) The United Christian Church is sponsoring a gay sporting event. (via Think Progress) Featured image credit: Larry Lamsa via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contac... »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! The Deep Sea Dwelling Anglerfish Never Has to Find a Mate Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! The Deep Sea Dwelling Anglerfish Never Has to Find a Mate Edition

Do you feel a little twitch in your toes? Is there an extra groove in your step? Don’t worry. That’s just your bod telling you that it’s time for Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Today we bestow some love on the anglerfish, that terrifying deep see fish. (Admittedly, not as terrifying as the goblin shark, but still. Not cuddly.) Hey, everybody needs a little appreciation now and again... »

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