The Physics Philes, lesson 106: The Sound of Physics

The Physics Philes, lesson 106: The Sound of Physics

We’ve just spent basically forever getting our hands dirty with mechanical waves. Now it’s time to get our hands even dirtier with a specific type of mechanical wave: the sound wave. Sound waves are something most of us are familiar with. The general definition of sound is actually quite simple. Sound is just a longitudinal wave in a medium. Sound waves can travel though anything ̵... »

Reality Checks: HIV, Autism, Women in STEM, and Women Bishops

Reality Checks: HIV, Autism, Women in STEM, and Women Bishops

Why are some forms of HIV more transmittable than others? (via NPR) The sexual politics of autism. (via Only Human) Women and black people with advanced STEM degrees are more likely to work outside their field than men and other racial groups. (via Think Progress) The Church of England might be ready to allow female bishops. Finally. (via AFP) Featured image credit: US Army RDECOM via Flickr Got a... »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Trogdor Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Trogdor Edition

You guys, I have some excellent news. Homestar Runner is coming back. Actually, if you don’t know what Homestar Runner is, I don’t blame you. Once a staple of the Internet, it shuttered its doors in 2008. The website was basically just a bunch of silly cartoons, from the eponymous Homestar, to Strong Bad, to Teen Girl Squad. And, of course, there’s Trogdor the Burninator, the wei... »

Reality Checks: Smelly Gorillas, Teen Finances, Disappearing Birds, and Gallifrey

Reality Checks: Smelly Gorillas, Teen Finances, Disappearing Birds, and Gallifrey

Gorillas can use body odor to communicate. (via Discovery News) American teens could use a little more financial literacy. (via Jezebel) Controversial pesticide linked to a decline in birds. (via Wired) So you want to name an exoplanet… (via io9) Featured image credit: Richard Ashurst via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Assassin’s Can’t Be Women?

Assassin’s Can’t Be Women?

Feminism and the video game industry do seem to be clashing a lot recently, don’t they? If the egrigious reaction of the MRA-verse to Feminist Frequency’s series in ‘Tropes vs Women in Video Games’ is anything to go by, we still have a long way to go until the gaming world accepts the fact that 48% of their community is women and therefore deserve to be represented in this ... »

Reality Checks: Emma Watson, Colorado Teen Birth Rates, Anti-GMO, and Keeping Your Pets Cool

Reality Checks: Emma Watson, Colorado Teen Birth Rates, Anti-GMO, and Keeping Your Pets Cool

Emma Watson has been named an ambassador for UN Women. (via The Mary Sue) Colorado teen birth rate decreased 40% in four years, likely due to cheap birth control. (via Vox) Is the anti-GMO movement the new anti-vaccination movement? (via Respectful Insolence) How to keep your pets cool in the summer. (via DNews) Featured image credit: Stephen Routh via Flickr Got a link you think we should know ab... »

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