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Manh(a)ttan Recap: Sacrificing the Few for the Many [SPOILERS]

Manh(a)ttan Recap: Sacrificing the Few for the Many [SPOILERS]

Rejoice, my fellow fans of Manh(a)ttan (a.k.a. “Fanhattans”), for this critically acclaimed fledgling series on WGN America has been renewed for a second season, just in time for the season finale (“Perestroika”)...

October 20, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: October 18, 2014

Physics Week in Review: October 18, 2014

It was Ada Lovelace Day this past week, So Here’s The Life And Times Of Ada Lovelace, The First Computer Programmer.  Related: Beyond Emmy (Noether) and Sophie (Germain): Resources for Learning about Women in Math.  Also: Take the Guardian‘s quiz: how much do you know about women in science?...

October 18, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Manh(a)ttan Recap: Thin Man Implodes [SPOILERS]

Manh(a)ttan Recap: Thin Man Implodes [SPOILERS]

Secrets have a way of coming out, one way or the other, despite one’s best efforts to contain them, and boy howdy, do they ever on the penultimate episode of Manh(a)ttan.

October 13, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Manh(a)ttan Recap: Casualties of War [SPOILERS]

Manh(a)ttan Recap: Casualties of War [SPOILERS]

Relationships are fraying right and left, with betrayal, after betrayal after betrayal, this week on Manh(a)ttan, as we kick off the first (“Tangier”) of the final three episodes of the season...

October 5, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: October 4, 2014

Physics Week in Review: October 4, 2014

While everyone’s biding their time for next week’s Nobel prize announcements — and in some cases, indulging in some speculative predictions — scientific progress marches on...

October 4, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: September 27, 2014

Physics Week in Review: September 27, 2014

The big physics news this week was the announcement of the long-awaited results from the Planck missions — and the news is not good for the BICEP2 collaboration: the Study Confirmed Criticism of BICEP2′s original Big Bang Finding.  They may have had space dust in their eyes...

September 27, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Manh(a)ttan Recap: Sex, Lies, and Subterfuge [SPOILERS]

Manh(a)ttan Recap: Sex, Lies, and Subterfuge [SPOILERS]

In physics, “spooky action at a distance” is a colloquial term for the famous EPR paradox, devised by Albert Einstein, Boris Podolsky, and Nathan Rosen in the 1930s to describe the bizarre implications of quantum entanglement...

September 22, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette

Physicists on Ice: Exploring the Physics of Curling

Last Friday I joined a contingent of Caltech physicists (including the Time Lord) for an afternoon of curling — yeah, you heard me, curling — in honor of Caltech theoretical physicist Mark Wise‘s 60th birthday...

September 21, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: September 20, 2014

Physics Week in Review: September 20, 2014

On the latest episode of the Know Brainer Podcast, I chatted with host Christina Ochoa about Self- Experimentation, Time and Identity, and Body Fluids in Art.

September 20, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Manh(a)ttan Recap: Dead in the Water [SPOILERS]

Manh(a)ttan Recap: Dead in the Water [SPOILERS]

The British are coming! The British are coming! To Manh(a)ttan, that is. This week’s episode (“The Second Coming”) finds our intrepid community of physicists eagerly awaiting their own British invasion: the arrival of an elite contingent of some of the greatest scientific minds in Britain, come to join forces with the Americans (and European refugees) [...]..

September 15, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: September 13, 2014

Physics Week in Review: September 13, 2014

This week on Virtually Speaking Science, I chatted with Caltech’s Spiros Michalakis about quantum computing, quantum information, and when we might expect Google to have a quantum computer inside every self-driving flying car...

September 13, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Manh(a)ttan Recap: Let’s Get Critical [SPOILERS]

Manh(a)ttan Recap: Let’s Get Critical [SPOILERS]

Things are heating up all over in this week’s episode of Manh(a)ttan (“The New World”). Not only is the X10 nuclear reactor in Tennessee firing up, romantic sparks are flying on several fronts, setting up a metaphorical chain reaction among all the convoluted personal relationships that one suspects will ultimately go critical...

September 8, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: September 6, 2014

Physics Week in Review: September 6, 2014

The folks at TED-Ed asked for my recommendations regarding Math 101: A reading list for lifelong learners. I also have a post up this week at the NOVA physics blog: Quantum Physicists Catch a Pilot Wave...

September 6, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: August 30, 2014

Physics Week in Review: August 30, 2014

Science Friday LIVE came to Caltech on Wednesday night, for a fun-filled evening exploring the intersection between Hollywood and science. Fortunately, you can listen to the audio if you missed the event...

August 30, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
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Dwindling Supply. Increasing Demand.

Dwindling Supply. Increasing Demand.

Solving the Water Crisis