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1 hr ago | CiteULike
Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics , Vol. 47, No. 12. , 124010, doi:10.1088/0953-4075/47/12/124010 To insert individual citation into a bibliography in a word-processor, select your preferred citation style below and drag-and-drop it into the document.
5 hrs ago | Improbable Research
The Harvard Physics Department is, again this year, kindly letting use use their SciBox as rehearsal space for the new Ig Nobel mini-opera. This photo, by David Kessler, shows part of the cast, at the first full rehearsal.
9 hrs ago | ScienceBlogs
The Age of Radiance: The Epic Rise and Dramatic Fall of the Atomic Era by Craig Nelson is a well done history of the atomic age. If you are a bit squeamish about the nuclear industry or nuclear stuff generally you'll find Nelson's dismissal of your concerns as the product of a public relations fail on the part of the nuclear industry to be patronizing and annoying, but there isn't too much of that in the book, and he's partly right; most fears people have about nuclear energy are not especially accurate, but then again, that applies to all fears all the time, it seems.
13 hrs ago | RedOrbit
Image Caption: This fast-camera image shows plasma during magnetic reconnection, with magnetic field lines rendered in white based on measurements made during the experiment. The converging horizontal lines represent the field lines prior to reconnection.
Can physics ever be funny? Well, this one-man show by actor and comedian John Hinton is aiming to answer that question with an emphatic yes, writes Harvey Day . Performed as a spoof performance lecture by none other than Albert Einstein, Hinton looks to explain his most famous theory, filled with science-themed jokes and puns, to delight science and comedy fans alike.
The discovery of the Higgs Boson particle, more colloquially referred to as the "God Particle", helped solidify our basic understanding of particle physics and matter- but could it also have the power to wipe out our universe? Steven Hawking has never been a fan of the Higgs Boson particle. When the particle was identified back in 2012, he said the discovery made physics less interesting.
Just as University Park parents no doubt ask USC profs to make a difference in their kids' lives, and South Bay schools bring in aerospace whizzes to up the excitement about science, Pasadena schools administrators and board members have for generations been asking, “If we're home to Caltech and JPL, why aren't we No. 1 in teaching about tech?” I've seen a lot of the attempts to answer that question.
A Cardiff University professor who helped develop medical ultrasound scans is seeking further breakthroughs after winning a top scientific accolade. Peter Wells is being honoured with the Royal Academy of Engineering award, first won by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the worldwide web.
Image Caption: On the right, an artificial atom generates sound waves consisting of ripples on the surface of a solid. The sound, known as a surface acoustic wave is picked up on the left by a "microphone" composed of interlaced metal fingers.
In my review of the FLIR One , I mentioned that this would be an excellent device for a physics lab. So, here is my first "lab", hopefully there will be more posts like this.
A proton-proton collision produced in the Large Hadron Collider shows characteristics in line with the decay of a Higgs boson particle. Joe Incandela, right, spokesman for the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment, gestures to the crowd next to Rolf Heuer, director-general of the European Organization for Nuclear Research, CERN, at a press conference announcing the major breakthrough in July 2012 in Meyrin, Switzerland.
At the next STEM Cafe on Wednesday, Sept. 17, learn about "The Physics of Football" with Northern Illinois University professor and armchair quarterback Mike Eads.
The central mystery of quantum mechanics is that small chunks of matter sometimes seem to behave like particles, sometimes like waves. For most of the past century, the prevailing explanation of this conundrum has been what's called the "Copenhagen interpretation"-which holds that, in some sense, a single particle really is a wave, smeared out across the universe, that collapses into a determinate location only when observed.
Scientists have used sound to communicate with an artificial atom. They can thereby demonstrate phenomena from quantum physics with sound taking on the role of light.
Electrons that break the rules and move perpendicular to the applied electric field could be the key to delivering next generation, low-energy computers. In a research paper published this week in Science , the collaboration led by MIT's theory professor Leonid Levitov and Manchester's Nobel laureate Sir Andre Geim report a material in which electrons move at a controllable angle to applied fields, similar to sailboats driven diagonally to the wind.
Using just a few equations, scientists can describe the motion of a ball flying through the air and the pull of a magnet, and forecast eclipses of the moon. The mathematical study of the motion of everyday objects and the forces that affect them is called classical mechanics.
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