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Manh(a)ttan Recap: The Sins of the Past [SPOILERS]

Manh(a)ttan Recap: The Sins of the Past [SPOILERS]

If you were wondering how Manh(a)ttan was planning to up the stakes yet again after the death of Sid Liao and the ensuing fallout, the latest episode (“A New Nuclear Cosmology”) should address that curiosity, as sins both past and present take center stage — and if a few immediate consequences may have been temporarily [...]..

August 25, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: August 23, 2014

Physics Week in Review: August 23, 2014

Summer is winding down, but the ongoing drought in much of the southwestern US shows no sign of abating. In fact, it’s so dry in California (where we live) that the ground is literally rising...

August 23, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Manh(a)ttan Recap: An Appetite for Self-Destruction [SPOILERS]

Manh(a)ttan Recap: An Appetite for Self-Destruction [SPOILERS]

The residents of the Los Alamos base camp receive a special visitor in this week’s episode of Manh(a)ttan — none other than Niels Bohr, he of the infamous model of the atom and one of the unquestioned giants of 20th century physics...

August 18, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Manh(a)ttan Recap: The Human Cost of Wartime Scientific Progress [SPOILERS]

Manh(a)ttan Recap: The Human Cost of Wartime Scientific Progress [SPOILERS]

Last week’s episode of Manh(a)ttan closed with a bombshell — the shooting of physicist Sid Liao, who was being interrogated on suspicion of leaking classified documents — and as expected, this week’s episode (“The Hive”) dealt with the fallout from that cataclysmic event, both personally and professionally...

August 13, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: August 9, 2014

Physics Week in Review: August 9, 2014

The big news in space science this week: the Rosetta spacecraft catches its comet! Here’s what comes next. Why does it take 10 years to catch a comet?

August 9, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Manh(a)ttan Recap: Faustian Bargains and Pandora’s Box (SPOILERS)

Manh(a)ttan Recap: Faustian Bargains and Pandora’s Box (SPOILERS)

(Note: If you missed the pilot episode of Manh(a)ttan, you can read my recap here. And be forewarned: spoilers lie ahead!) Loyalties are tested, and bad bargains are struck in this week’s episode of Manh(a)ttan (“The Prisoner’s Dilemma”)...

August 4, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette

Physics Week in Review: August 2, 2014

Looking for a few good popular math books? In the latest New York Times Book Review, I look at five terrific recent ones: Jordan Ellenberg's How Not to Be Wrong, David J.

August 2, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Manh(a)ttan Recap: Assembling a Nuclear Family

Manh(a)ttan Recap: Assembling a Nuclear Family

Jen-Luc Piquant was eagerly anticipating the premiere of the new series, Manh(a)ttan, on WGN America, a historic 13-episode (to start) drama set at Los Alamos in the early days of the Manhattan Project...

July 28, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: July 26, 2014

Physics Week in Review: July 26, 2014

Meet the 2014 recipient of the AIP Gemant Award, my own Time Lord, Sean Carroll. "Science isn’t a separate kind of human endeavor, utterly different from other things that we do," said Carroll...

July 26, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: July 19, 2014

Physics Week in Review: July 19, 2014

It’s been a busy week on the physics front, so let’s get the shameless self-promotion out of the way upfront. I chatted with NPR’s Arun Rath on Weekend Edition about my recent New Scientist article on digital history and London’s Old Bailey.  The Open Notebook interviewed me and several other physics-centric science writers about tackling [...]..

July 19, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: July 12, 2014

Physics Week in Review: July 12, 2014

This week, the marvelous documentary about the discovery of the Higgs boson, Particle Fever, became available on iTunes. It’s well worth a download.

July 12, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette

Physics Week in Review: June 28, 2014

Confirmed: That Was Definitely the Higgs Boson Found at LHC — you know, in case you were still wondering. Related: New result from LHC strengthens the case that the Higgs interacts with both types of particles in the Standard Model...

June 28, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: June 21, 2014

Physics Week in Review: June 21, 2014

It’s the physics story that just won’t die. BICEP2 was back in the news yet again as the collaborators finally published their much-anticipated peer-reviewed paper, prompting headlines like this: Astronomers Hedge on Big Bang Detection Claim.  Okay, so maybe they had dust in their eyes but they reaffirmed ripples in time in their published paper, [...]..

June 21, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette

Physics Week in Review: June 7, 2014

As you read this, we are flying home to Los Angeles after an exhausting but exhilarating trip: 10 days, 2 continents, 3 flights, 2 trains, 4 hotels, 18 car rides, 7 panel discussions, 3 interviews, and 5 lectures between the two of us.  (The circles under my eyes are now saucers.) First stop: New York [...]..

June 7, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette

Physics Week in Review: May 31, 2014

First, a few housekeeping announcements: Those in New York City today can see me at the World Science Festival’s Science and Story Cafe at 1:30 PM, where I’ll be hanging out with neuroscientists David Eagleman and Dean Buonomano...

May 31, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
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