Physics Buzz

Coriolis Effect Provides Clue on Moth Navigation
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Like sailors putting a finger to the wind, migrating moths check the atmospheric conditions around them and adjust their headings accordingly, a new study finds. They do it by sensing turbulence, which helps them determine whether the wind is blowing the... more

More Than a Statistic: Social Science and "Physics Envy"
Monday, August 31, 2015
In a recent think piece from Drexel University's The Smart Set, author Michael Lund boldly proclaims that it's time for western academia to throw in the towel on a decades-long failed experiment: "hard" social science.If you've ever gotten a "stimulus ch... more

NASA's Microgravity Hoax
Friday, August 28, 2015
Yes, astronauts landed on the moon. But that doesn't mean NASA has been completely honest.Free fall aboard NASA's vomit comet, where gravity is anything but micro.Starting in the 1970's, for some reason I have yet to discover, NASA started lying to us ab... more

On Pi and Tau
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
In 2010, physicist and educator Michael Hartl published something he called The Tau Manifesto, a piece of writing which put forth arguments for a surprisingly controversial assertion: π is wrong.That’s not to say that our measurements of it are off, of c... more

Danger! High Voltage
Monday, August 24, 2015
A few weeks ago, we put up a "Fermi problem Friday" post about the odds of being struck by lightning. That post was met with some criticism in the comments section, so it's currently down while we revise it to reflect our readers' concerns. But last Frid... more

Liftoff: Hydrophobic Fibers Fling Condensation From Their Strands
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
I recently moved to the DC area in the middle of the summer where, on a bad day, being outdoors is a lot like being inside a rice cooker; sometimes I wish I could stop sweating, because evaporative cooling doesn’t really work when the air is already prac... more

The Heavyweight Champion of the Universe
Monday, August 17, 2015
About 3.4 billion light-years away, in the general direction of the constellation Draco, lies one of the heaviest singular objects in the known universe. Designated H1821+643, it has roughly 30 billion times the mass of the sun, with an event horizon tha... more