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Breaking Food Down

Breaking Food Down

What is food? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary entry says “Something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies.” How beautiful. That statement captures much of the emotion and feeling surrounding food, yet it’s only part of the full definition...

September 4, 2013 — See Arr Oh
Winners of the Dance Your PhD Competition Revealed

Winners of the Dance Your PhD Competition Revealed

For the past 6 years, Science magazine and its publisher, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, have challenged researchers to explain their doctoral research through interpretive dance...

November 25, 2013 — Julianne Chiaet

Scientists Find First Neutrinos from Distant Space [Video]

The world has heard the first faint whispers of the most powerful cataclysms in the universe. Scientists working on the IceCube experiment in Antarctica report that they have found 28 neutrinos that must have come to earth from explosions in the distant universe—the first time scientists have found neutrinos coming from outside our own solar [...]..

November 21, 2013 — Michael Moyer
The Fundamental Physics prize continues to be bad for physics.

The Fundamental Physics prize continues to be bad for physics.

The Fundamental Physics prize has again been awarded to sophisticated mathematical speculation disconnected from experimental evidence. The 2012 Fundamental Physics prize was shared among nine physicists, most of who were string theorists. String theorists continue to dominate the awardees of this year’s New Horizons and Frontiers in Physics prizes...

November 18, 2013 — Ashutosh Jogalekar

This Is What We Don’t Know About The Universe

In recent days I’ve had some interesting conversations. There’s a giddiness going around, related to an outpouring of science love – the kind you get from President Obama introducing TV science shows, the kind that has wonderful visuals, but is, well, a wee bit simplistic (a sin that none of us could ever, ever be [...]..

March 12, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf
Physics Week in Review: December 13, 2014

Physics Week in Review: December 13, 2014

If you missed this week’s Virtually Speaking Science, the theme was This Is Your Brain on Movies. I chatted with cognitive neuroscientist Jeffrey Zachs, author of  a fantastic new book — Flicker: Your Brain on Movies — about science, cinema, and the brain...

December 13, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: April 18, 2015

Physics Week in Review: April 18, 2015

In honor of Tax Day in the US, here is a piece on the IRS’s Favorite Mathematical Law: Armed with Benford’s law, “the IRS can sniff out falsified returns just by looking at the first digit of numbers on taxpayers' forms.” So, beware...

April 18, 2015 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review: March 7, 2015

Physics Week in Review: March 7, 2015

Brrr! Winter still has much of the country in its iron grip. While you’re waiting for spring to make its presence known, perhaps you’d like to try your hand at photographing Snowflakes in Freefall.  A team of researchers at the University of Utah have developed a Multi-Angle Snowflake Camera to do just that...

March 7, 2015 — Jennifer Ouellette

The Physics of Diving Gannets, Bird Navigation, and Speedy Tiger Beetles

Jen-Luc Piquant was at the APS March Meeting in San Antonio, Texas this week, a longtime favorite conference, and often touted as the largest physics conference of the year, covering a diverse range of topics: biophysics, fluid mechanics, materials (exotic or otherwise), complex systems, quantum mechanics — it’s a treasure trove of cool cutting-edge physics...

March 6, 2015 — Jennifer Ouellette

Picasso: X-Rays Reveal the Master’s Materials

Every field has its raging debates among impassioned experts, and the art world is no exception. Case in point: some art historians long suspected that master painter Pablo Picasso used common house paint rather than the oil paints traditionally used in his era, which would make him the first known artist to do so...

March 18, 2015 — Jennifer Ouellette
Physics Week in Review (Pi Day Edition): March 14, 2015

Physics Week in Review (Pi Day Edition): March 14, 2015

Today we celebrate the Pi Day of the Century: March 14, 2015, is the first five digits of pi, or 3.1415.  It’s also Albert Einstein’s birthday, so Sean Carroll reminded us how they are intimately connected; yes, Pi has something to do with gravity...

March 14, 2015 — 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
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: 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
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