The Physics Philes, lesson 111: The Legend of Kundt’s Tube

The Physics Philes, lesson 111: The Legend of Kundt’s Tube

So far in our discussion of waves, we’ve learned about nodes, antinodes, and standing waves. However, we’ve really only seen what these looks like with respect to transverse waves on a string. But sound waves are longitudinal waves. How do these concepts apply? As it turns out, much the same way as with transverse waves. Rather than a string, let’s think about a longitudinal wave... »

Reality Checks: Police Accountability, Modern ‘White Flight’, and a Nightmare Worm

Reality Checks: Police Accountability, Modern ‘White Flight’, and a Nightmare Worm

What role does trust play in science. (via Neuroskeptic) Three high school students developed an app to hold cops accountable. (via Think Progress) “White flight” is still a thing. (via Phys.org) Here’s the worm of your nightmares. (via io9) Featured image credit: Wikipedia Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! The Universe is Weird Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! The Universe is Weird Edition

Hey-o! It’s Friday! Time for your weekly dose of nerd music. This week we have one of our favorite YouTubers, Hank Green of the Vlogbrothers. He has some really great songs about quarks and the Fermi paradox, as well as many other topics. But this week we’re featuring a catchy song about the weirdness of the universe. Enjoy, and have a great weekend! Want more music? Check out Lab Trac... »

Reality Checks: Ferguson Cops, Sexist BYU, Megalodon, and the Fields Prize

Reality Checks: Ferguson Cops, Sexist BYU, Megalodon, and the Fields Prize

Why are the Ferguson cops so out of control? Amanda Marcotte has a theory. (via Pandagon) Student protests Brigham Young University’s sexist attitudes towards female students. (via Think Progress) Your yearly reminder: the Megalodon is still extinct. (via Laelaps) The most prestigious prize in mathematics has gone to a woman for the first time. (via Wired) Featured image credit: Robert Cohen... »

Reality Checks: Long-Distance Swimming, Women in Engineering, Proofreading, and Shark Week Lies

Reality Checks: Long-Distance Swimming, Women in Engineering, Proofreading, and Shark Week Lies

Why aren’t women allowed to swim the 1,500 meter race in the Olympics? (via The New York Times) Work climate and lack of advancement opportunities are pushing women out of engineering. (via Think Progress) There’s a reason you can’t proofread your own writing. (via Wired) To get them involved in dubious “documentaries,” Shark Week lied to scientists. (via io9) Feature... »

5 Inappropriate Responses to Robin Williams’ Suicide

5 Inappropriate Responses to Robin Williams’ Suicide

1. Suicide is selfish/cowardly, how could he do that to all the people who loved him? This is an extremely common reaction to any suicide, and not only is it just factually wrong that suicide is selfish or something that you do to other people, it also continues the stigma against suicide, leading to fewer people seeking treatment or opening up when they’re struggling. It is undeniable that ... »

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