The Physics Philes, lesson 126: Kinetic-Molecular Model of Ideal Gases, Part 1

The Physics Philes, lesson 126: Kinetic-Molecular Model of Ideal Gases, Part 1

As promised, this week we’ll start a discussion on the kinetic-molecular model of ideal gases. Be warned: we’ll have to take this in chunks. Now that that’s out of the way…what is the kinetic-molecular model of idea gases? Basically, it’s a way to understand the properties of a bunch of molecules in terms of a material’s molecular structure. In this case, it mod... »

Reality Checks: The Future of Gender Equality, the Science of New Years Resolutions, Teens and Guns, and a Hoodie Ban

Reality Checks: The Future of Gender Equality, the Science of New Years Resolutions, Teens and Guns, and a Hoodie Ban

Will the future be good for gender equality? (via io9) What science can tell us about keeping our New Years resolutions. (via Mother Jones) Teens have the same access to guns, regardless of if they are at risk of suicide or not. (via Reuters) A new bill tries to ban hoodies. (via Think Progress) Featured image credit: peter via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Godly Marriage and Other Christian Cruelties

Godly Marriage and Other Christian Cruelties

I do celebrate Christmas, in a secular way, with my religious parents. The Church of Christ, the sect they belong to, would never celebrate holidays religiously because that might be fun or interesting and either of those things might compromise the requisite superiority about not being a part of any other sect. That all being said, I spent Christmas morning cleaning my mother’s kitchen cabi... »

Reality Checks: Police Strike, Endangered Monarch, Back to the Future Future, and “Manbook”

Reality Checks: Police Strike, Endangered Monarch, Back to the Future Future, and “Manbook”

The NYPD strike could have illuminated an important debate, but it didn’t. (via Rolling Stone) The Monarch butterfly might be destined for the Endangered Species List. (via Discovery News) The actual future is way more cool than Back to the Future II future. (via The Atlantic) Founder of a men-only social media website threatens the lives of women who sign up. (via Raw Story) Featured image ... »

Reality Checks: The Last Radium Girl, Flu Epidemic, Europa’s Geysers, and New Year Comet

Reality Checks: The Last Radium Girl, Flu Epidemic, Europa’s Geysers, and New Year Comet

In 2014, the last of the “radium girls” died. (via NPR) Careful out there, everyone. We have a flu epidemic on our hands. (via Think Progress) What happened to Europa’s geysers? (via Discovery News) Celebrate the new year with a naked eye-visible comet! (via Bad Astronomy) Featured image credit: Wilson Hui via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

The Physics Philes, lesson 125: Timmy Fell Down the Potential Well

The Physics Philes, lesson 125: Timmy Fell Down the Potential Well

Everything we come into contact with on a regular basis – computers, door knobs, blankets, cats – are all made of molecules. Some molecules consist of only one atom, others are made up of thousands and thousands of atoms. It’s the interactions between molecules of a substance that give matter its various properties. In liquids and solids, these molecules are held together by elec... »

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