Quantum Mechanics from a Classical Multiverse
Friday, October 24, 2014
Quantum mechanics can be hard to grasp, even for the physicists who use it every day. As a result, people have argued from the very birth of the field about what's really going on in quantum mechanical systems. To some extent, it doesn't really matter ho... more

How Fidel Castro Helped Bring Us the Hubble Space Telescope
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Fifty two years ago this week, the world was gripped by the unfolding drama of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Most of the world remembers it as a showdown between President John F. Kennedy and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev to remove newly installed nuclear... more



 
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Curiosity vs. Other Mars Missions

How do recent Mars missions compare to the popular Curiosity rover?


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Electrifying Tesla Coil Music and Fashion

Creating art with stunning electric arcs


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Holograms: From Credit Cards to Chocolate

Holograms' uses range from practical to purely aesthetic.


 
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Dark Matter Simulation

Simulations help bring the mysterious, invisible matter to light.


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Lunar Charge Protection

Can magnetic anomalies on the moon protect future explorers?


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American Cells

Epithelial cells grown in the shape of the United States


 
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India's Connection to the Stars

Documenting the astronomical beliefs of several Indian ethnic groups.


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The Science Behind World Cup Passing Networks

Network theory reveals successful World Cup strategies


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Back Lever Physics

Discover the physics behind this bodyweight skill and master it yourself


 
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Ice Cream at Home

Learn the physics behind making this tasty treat


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Homemade Lava Lamp

Embrace your inner 1970’s teenage self with this makeshift lava lamp


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Hovering Snowflake Decorations

Decorate in style this holiday season with static electricity


 

The Infinite Universe
October 22, 2014
Is the universe infinite? Or is it confined to a finite amount of space? And how might the shape of the universe inform our answers to these deep questions?

Game of Thrones Weather (Repost)
October 15, 2014
Note: We Originally published this podcast on July 24, 2013. In the fictional world of Westeros, the duration and severity of the seasons are entirely unpredictable. Is there a real planet that has a similar seasonal pattern?

The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets
October 08, 2014
We sat down with science writer Simon Singh to discuss his latest book, The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets, which reveals the many math-related Easter eggs hidden throughout the iconic show's 25-year history.

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Spectra: High Intensity

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Register now for the upcoming PhysicsQuest, Spectra: High Intensity. Miss Alignment has broken out of jail and is on the loose hatching evil plans. Armed with a high IQ, an inferiority complex, and a secret lair, she will try yet again to control the town. Your students can help Spectra, her gang, and her new friend the Quantum Mechanic stop Miss Alignment’s focus on evil.

In celebration of the International Year of Light, this kit will have all of the equipment needed to teach students about bending light, spherical lenses, how color and energy are related, and how the sun’s light also carries heat. As the students do these activities, they will be applying all the skills they need to help our superheroes prevent Miss Alignment’s attempted town domination. Register now for your FREE PhysicsQuest kit!

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Science off the Sphere

Astronaut and chemist Dr. Don Pettit did physics demos that are out of this world while he was aboard the International Space Station. Now you can enjoy videos of his fantastic micro-gravity experiments safely on the surface!

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