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Fair Lady of Computer Science who Kicks Ass

In honor of women’s history month, I am going to gush about how much I love Frances Allen.  Partly, because I’ve met her.  Well, I’ve attended a lecture she gave, which is not the same thing.  Also, because she has won the Turing Award, the highest honor the computer science …

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Science Sunday: Does the Sum of All Natural Numbers Equal -1/12?

They say not to write a post with a question if the answer is “no” but I’m going to do it anyway. You may have seen this video floating around the intertubes that claims to show that summing all the natural numbers (1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + …

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The Physics Philes, lesson 80: Oscillation, Conservation, Physics-ification!

We’ve learned a lot about simple harmonic motion over the past several weeks. We’ve learned how to find the velocity, acceleration, and displacement of an object in SHM. Now we need to integrate energy into our understanding. Let’s think about our object oscillating at the end of a spring. The …

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The Physics Philes, lesson 79: That’s So Derivative

Last week I said that this week I would write about the period and amplitude in simple harmonic motion. Well, I changed my mind. We’re doing displacement, velocity, and acceleration in simple harmonic motion, instead. (What? I don’t see you writing a weekly post about physics.) Anyway, let’s begin. We’ve …

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The Physics Philes, lesson 74: Motion of Planets

In case you haven’t been keeping up, we’ve been learning about gravity for the past several weeks. Last week we saw how the universal law of gravitation tells us how satellites orbit a planet. Gravity is also a really important part of planetary motion. That’s what we’ll be talking about …

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Science Genius: hip hop remixes science

Science Genius is a pilot program to teach science in schools using hip-hop and rap. Check out its progress so far in this video with ninth graders from Bronx Compass High School. Although it’s not the same program as the rap battles that Mindy has been posting on Fridays, it …

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Some answers to “Why are there still so few women in science?”

Eileen Pollack asks in The New York Times Magazine: “Why are there still so few women in science?” And she gives a few intriguing answers. Part of what makes her article compelling is the combination of hard data from recent years and personal stories from women in science that make a …

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The Physics Philes, lesson 63: Time for (P)Recess!

If you live in the U.S., today is Labor Day. Even though it seems like basically every store is still open and people are still working, I’m determined to take my day off of classes and do something fun. Luckily, Monday is physics day so everything worked out really well. …

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