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Physics Life Hack Number 2 - Makeshift Firestarter
Thursday, March 26, 2015
A simple way to start a fire using the physics of electricityLet's suppose you're out camping. It's damp and cold and you need to start a fire in a hurry. But alas the matches are wet and impossible to light!Here's a quick and simple alternative that use... more

Podcast: How Robocats Land on Their Feet
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The physics of “cat-turning” has been a subject of fascination for hundreds of years, in part because a cat’s almost uncanny ability to land on its feet seems, at first glance, to violate the conservation of angular momentum. “It sounds like a paradox w... more

"The Happiest Thought of My Life": 100 Years of General Relativity
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
One hundred years ago this year, Einstein first published his theory of general relativity. This theory fundamentally changed how physicists think about the universe and is thoroughly embedded in the everyday technologies we rely on here on Earth.In trib... more

Simple Test May Detect Toxic Drugs Faster
Monday, March 23, 2015
Originally published: Mar 20 2015 - 2:15pm, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Ben P. Stein, Director(Inside Science) -- Testing whether a drug is safe and effective usually takes many years and millions of dollars. Now, researchers have discovered a surpris... more

Physics Life Hack Number 1 - Hack Your Eyes
Friday, March 20, 2015
Mathlete sees clearly with this physics life hackA simple trick can help you see clearly  - with physics!Age has not been kind to my eyesight or my memory. That means that while I now need glasses to correct for the farsightedness of the increasingl... more

Children Learn Cursive by Teaching Robots
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Training 2-foot robot improves 6- to 8-year-olds’ handwriting skills.Image credit: Images courtesy of EPFLRights information: EPFL Originally published: Mar 18 2015 - 10:00am, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Peter Gwynne, Contributor(Inside Science) ... more

Podcast: Manhattan Project Historical Park
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
In 1997, when Cindy Kelly learned of the impending demolition of the V Site at Los Alamos, the cluster of wooden structures in which the plutonium bomb detonated in the first nuclear test was assembled, she acted quickly. Leaving her position at the Dep... more