The Physics Philes, lesson 122: Heat of the Sublime

The Physics Philes, lesson 122: Heat of the Sublime

WE are elbow deep in heat. We’ve been talking about what heat is and quantities of heat or how heat is measured. But we haven’t talked much about what the addition or subtraction of heat from a system actually means. How does heat effect different materials? The addition or subtraction of heat can obvious lead to a change in temperature. It can also lead to something called a phase cha... »

Reality Checks: Sexual Assault on Campus, Anonymous Trolls, Textbook Sex Fight, and the “Stockman Effect”

Reality Checks: Sexual Assault on Campus, Anonymous Trolls, Textbook Sex Fight, and the “Stockman Effect”

A history of campus sexual assault. (via NPR) An argument against anonymous Internet comments. (via Slate) Arizona is having a textbook fight over sex education. (via The New York Times) Climate change denialist Congressperson names climate change denial theory after himself. (via io9) Featured image credit: Cali4beach via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 7: In Which Our Narrator Mistakes Familiarity with Flim-Flam for Strength of Character

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 7: In Which Our Narrator Mistakes Familiarity with Flim-Flam for Strength of Character

Our bloody fabulous editor Mindy brought this article to my attention.  It confirmed my impression from reading The Game that the type of people who attend workshops given by internet libertines are looking for some, any, social skills and the whole thing is rather sad.  It also points out some shortcomings in the way that people are socialized.  It is my remembrance and observation that small chi... »

Reality Checks: Tech Gender Gap, Lovelace 2.0, Restaurant Segregation, and Lives Cut Short Since Ferguson

Reality Checks: Tech Gender Gap, Lovelace 2.0, Restaurant Segregation, and Lives Cut Short Since Ferguson

A new documentary about tech’s gender gap. (via Wired) Computer scientist proposes the Lovelace 2.0 test for computer intelligence that focuses on artistic creativity. (via Discovery News) Some restaurants in Saudi Arabia won’t allow women to eat there without a man. (via Jezebel) Seven lives cut short by the police since Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson. (via Think Progress) Featu... »

Reality Checks: Physics of Super Mario, Doctor Who, Hunger Games Violence, and Oblivious White People

Reality Checks: Physics of Super Mario, Doctor Who, Hunger Games Violence, and Oblivious White People

Physics students examine planetary stability in Super Mario Galaxy. (via io9) Doctor Who finally hires its first female writer. After six years. (via Jezebel) The violence of The Hunger Games trilogy might just be good for young minds. (via Wired) White people are oblivious to the experience of black people in America. (via Alternet) Featured image credit: Debra Sweet via Flickr Got a link you thi... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 121: Mountains Out of Mole Hills

The Physics Philes, lesson 121: Mountains Out of Mole Hills

Is it hot in here? Yes! Because we’re continuing our discussion of heat! Last week we learned about specific heat. We generally measure specific heat as a mass per change in temperature. However, sometimes we might want to use the number of moles of a substance, rather than the substance’s mass. Whoa whoa whoa…mole? Like an animal? No. Don’t be silly. A mole is the number o... »

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