Physics Buzz

Podcast: Manh(a)ttan Brings Nuclear Physics to Primetime
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
This fall, a new primetime drama appeared on the television network WGN America, featuring scientists at Los Alamos working tirelessly--desperately, even--to develop nuclear weapons during World War II, all while maintaining utmost secrecy. Manhattan dra... more

An Offer You Can't Refuse: How Extortion Can Enhance Cooperation in Society
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Cooperation is a hard behavior to explain. Often it involves making at least a small sacrifice for the benefit of the whole, which superficially seems to be at odds with evolutionary pressures that encourage individuals to maximize their benefits at the ... more

Brain-Like Circuits Can Mimic Pavlov's Dogs
Monday, December 15, 2014
Originally published: Dec 15 2014 - 1:45pm, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Charles Q. Choi, Contributor(Inside Science) -- Artificial electronic circuits that mimic the pathways connecting neurons in the brain can learn, unlearn and store memories, resea... more

Why Plug-In-Hybrid Vehicles May Be The Car Of The (Near) Future
Friday, December 12, 2014
Don't bet on all electric cars taking over for more than a decade, researchers indicate.Image credit: Tom Wang via shutterstock         rights: story follows a story publi... more

Walking On Water: Physics of Clear Ice
Thursday, December 11, 2014
A video went viral yesterday showing two hikers in Slovakia walking across a frozen lake. What is amazing about this lake is the fact that it froze crystal clear such that the hikers appear to be walking on calm water.In cased you missed it, here is the ... more

Podcast: Citizen Science Answering the Call
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Over the past decade, citizen science projects have been popping up in every conceivable discipline, evolving with the internet to bring the power of the public to bear on increasingly large datasets. Astronomy has a long history of amateur involvement,... more

Hearing the Pianist's Fingers: The Importance of Touch in Piano Music
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
Credit: Lecates via Wikimedia CommonsCan you tell the difference between the two tones played in this recording?I'm not convinced that I can, but a group of trained musicians were able to listen to a series of tones like this and consistently distin... more