The Physics Philes, lesson 112: Sea Shell Resonance

The Physics Philes, lesson 112: Sea Shell Resonance

I know last week I said that we’d look at how standing sound waves applied to musical instruments, but as I was preparing I realized that it doesn’t really illuminate anything, so I’m moving on resonance and sound. Sound good to you? Great. Remember that a normal mode is when all the particles in the oscillating system move sinusoidally with the same frequency. If we can get the ... »

Reality Checks: Back-to-School, Exploding Rockets, and Notorious RBG’s Thoughts on Race

Reality Checks: Back-to-School, Exploding Rockets, and Notorious RBG’s Thoughts on Race

Obligatory beginning-of-the-school-year study tips. (via NPR) It’s not just you. School does start too early. (via Scientific American) An anomaly caused a SpaceX reusable rocket prototype to explode over Texas. (via Discovery News) Notorious RBG wants the Supreme Court to address the country’s racial problems. (via Think Progress) Featured image credit: English106 via Flickr Got a lin... »

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 3: In Which Our Narrator Gets Close to Thinking of Women as People, but Veers Off Very Expectedly into Rapiness

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 3: In Which Our Narrator Gets Close to Thinking of Women as People, but Veers Off Very Expectedly into Rapiness

We have reached a need for content warnings, I think.  No actual rape, but very rapey attitudes and opinions are expressed. On a tangential, but unrelated note, I was in Austin, TX, recently, and apparently many famous movie stars live there, including but not limited to Sandra Bullock.  I was informed of this by a gentleman, expressing disbelief that a person such as her ex (who was described in ... »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! #Ferguson Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! #Ferguson Edition

I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the turmoil in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, MO. Protests erupted after a police officer shot and killed Mike Brown, a black youth. That alone is tragic enough, but since then things escalated, in no small part because of a confluence of race tensions and police militarization. Luckily, things seem to be calming down. However, it’s important to ... »

Reality Checks: Lost Lemur Continent, Satire, Free College, and a First Amendment-Free Zone

Reality Checks: Lost Lemur Continent, Satire, Free College, and a First Amendment-Free Zone

Everything you need to know about the fake continent of Lemuria. (via io9) Has the Internet killed satire? (via The Guardian) Why community college should be free. (via Scientific American) The fight against the First Amendment in Ferguson. (via Politico) Featured image credit: Andrey via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Reality Checks: CD Rot, Unconfronted Biases, the Cycle of Arctic Sea Ice Loss, and Those Dang, Dirty Millennials

Reality Checks: CD Rot, Unconfronted Biases, the Cycle of Arctic Sea Ice Loss, and Those Dang, Dirty Millennials

In outdated tech news: CDs might not last as long as we thought. (via NPR) How our unconfronted personal biases affect the lives of others. (via Scientific American) Loss of Arctic sea ice could cause the loss of more Arctic sea ice. (via Raw Story) The New York Times doesn’t understand millennials. (via Gawker) Featured image credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Got a link you think we ... »

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