The Physics Philes, lesson 93: Do the Wave

The Physics Philes, lesson 93: Do the Wave

We’re chugging along in our journey through introductory physics. We’ve made it through a discussion of fluid mechanics. Now it’s time to start learning about mechanical waves. Before we dive in, we need to nail down the basics. A wave is a fairly familiar thing. Most of us have seen a wave at some point. In general, a wave occurs whenever a system is disturbed from equilibrium. ... »

Reality Checks: The Modern Space Race, Vegetarians, and Bee Stings

Reality Checks: The Modern Space Race, Vegetarians, and Bee Stings

The space race has been privatized. (via PLOS Student Blog) UN climate report says we need to price carbon dioxide emissions. (via Phys.org) Is being a vegetarian better for the environment? Maybe. (via Discovery News) The worst place to be stung by a bee. (via National Geographic) Featured image credit: Nick Watton via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Science Sunday: Go to the Computer!

Science Sunday: Go to the Computer!

Today in news that makes me happy, a computer named Crazy Stone is playing Go so well it can defeat the Japanese Go champion!  This is probably the sexiest supercomputer since Watson.  Though I don’t quite get the way the article is framed, that is, as a competition between machines and humans, since humans built machines.  If we lose to them, it demonstrates how good we are building them an... »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Money is the Root of Sin Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Money is the Root of Sin Edition

It’s Friday! Time. To. Rawk. Well…sort of. This week’s featured song doesn’t really have anything to do with science or feminism or social justice. But it’s awesome. Monty Python, the British comedy group from the 1970s, is getting back together for a reunion show. (You have to be a little geeky to like Monty Python, right?) Their teasing us with a new music video. It... »

Reality Checks: War on the Young, Ocean on Enceladus, and Male Circumcision

Reality Checks: War on the Young, Ocean on Enceladus, and Male Circumcision

The Fox News War on the Young. (via Raw Story) Black women have been making educational and business gains, but it’s not translating into money. (via Think Progress) There’s an ocean under Enceladus’ icy shell. (via Discovery News) Circumcision rates are on the decline in the United States. (via Jezebel) Featured image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech Got a link you think we should know ... »

Speak Your Mind: #BanBossy?

Speak Your Mind: #BanBossy?

It’s no secret that the behavior of girls and women are judged differently than that of boys and men. Where men are assertive, women are bossy. There’s been an effort recently to “ban bossy” in favor of other, more accurate words to describe powerful women. The idea behind the campaign is that bossy is so vague as to be useless, with different connotations for different peo... »

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