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Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Sassy Sidekick, Bitchy Nerd or Neighbor Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Sassy Sidekick, Bitchy Nerd or Neighbor Edition

You’d have to really be living in your own world to miss Lorde’s smash hit “Royals.” Even the sad clown cover has been all over the place. This week’s featured song is a Lorde parody, but it draws attention to serious issues of representation of different races in popular culture. It’s called “Typecast” and it points out the limited range of characte... »

Reality Checks: Student Athletes, Zero G Day, and Online Introverts

Reality Checks: Student Athletes, Zero G Day, and Online Introverts

Academic stigma can cause student athletes to underperform in the classroom. (via Phys.org) In case you were wondering, you won’t be able to float on April 4. (via Bad Astronomy) Eighty percent of the world is polio-free. (via Think Progress) What does it mean to be an introvert online? (via Scientific American) Featured image credit: Steven Pisano via Flickr Got a link you think we should k... »

Reality Checks: Tomboys, Leggings, and Creationism in Cosmos

Reality Checks: Tomboys, Leggings, and Creationism in Cosmos

An 8-year-old girl was kicked out of school for looking too much like a boy. (via Jezebel) Creationism is actually the focus of Cosmos. (via Think Progress) Girls picket for their right to wear leggings. (via XX Factor) This is why you’re bad at parties. (via io9) Featured image credit: Sammy Zimmermanns via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

The Physics Philes, lesson 91: Go with the Flow

The Physics Philes, lesson 91: Go with the Flow

Last week we learned about the continuity equation in fluid mechanics. To refresh your memory, that equation says that the speed of the fluid flow can change along the path of the fluid. The pressure can vary, as well, depending on the height of the fluid and the speed of the flow. These are important relationships to know, because it “flows” (HA! See what I did there?) nicely into Ber... »

Reality Checks: Creationists Hate Cosmos, Next-Gen Spacecraft, and Paintings of Lady Astronauts

Reality Checks: Creationists Hate Cosmos, Next-Gen Spacecraft, and Paintings of Lady Astronauts

It might be a good idea to be skeptical about the recent study that predicts the collapse of society. (via Collide-a-Scape) Creationists are upset because they weren’t given equal time on Cosmos. (via Raw Story) The European Space Agency’s next-gen re-entry vehicle is almost ready. (via io9) Cool paintings of female firsts in space. (via The Mary Sue) Featured image credit: YouTube Got... »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Grow the Nanobots Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Grow the Nanobots Edition

Hello, and happy Friday! Actually, it’s a sad Friday for me because it’s the last day of spring break. Where did all the time go? Oh well, at least I can take solace in the fact that I have not yet been devoured by nanobots like the guys in this week’s featured song. They Might Be Giants, always a favorite of mine, have imagined a world where nanobots rise and take over the plane... »

Reality Checks: Renata Kallosh, Nigh Vision Contacts, and Captain America’s Shield

Reality Checks: Renata Kallosh, Nigh Vision Contacts, and Captain America’s Shield

As we’re celebrating the validation of “chaotic inflation,” let’s not forget the contributions of another theoretical physicist, Renata Kallosh, Andrei Linde’s wife. (via Medium) New sensor could pave the way for night vision contacts? (via D-brief) Fred Phelps is dead. (via NPR) Using physics to determine the weight of Captain America’s shield. (via Dot Physics... »

What Do Gravitational Waves and Towels Have in Common?

What Do Gravitational Waves and Towels Have in Common?

You’ve probably heard by now of the discovery of gravitational waves from the very early universe that lend credence to the idea that in the first fraction of a fraction of a second the universe expanded at an alarming rate. It’s kind of a big deal. Like, Higgs boson big deal. But what the heck are gravitational waves? How can gravity make waves? This video from New Scientist provides ... »

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