RIP Bell Labs
"After six Nobel Prizes, the invention of the transistor, laser and countless contributions to computer science and technology, it is the end of the road for Bell Labs' fundamental physics research lab."
posted by Eideteker
on Aug 28, 2008 -
is a unique search engine for science videos focusing on Physics, Chemistry, and Space. For example, things
to do with sulfur hexafluoride
. Still growing, the editors are presently indexing other scientific fields of study including Geology, Psychology, Robotics and Computers. Ever wonder why things go bang
posted by netbros
on Aug 7, 2008 -
Anything but clear
. It is well known that panes of stained glass in old European churches are thicker at the bottom because glass is a slow-moving liquid that flows downward over centuries.
Well known, yes, but long known to be wrong
. Scientists still disagree about the nature of glass, and researchers continue to try to understand its dual personality
. [more inside]
posted by amyms
on Jul 29, 2008 -
An Interactive Space Simulator
"Smash planets together, introduce rogue stars, and build new worlds from spinning discs of debris. Fire a moon into a planet or destroy everything you've created with a super massive black hole. You can simulate and interact with our solar system: the 8 planets,160+ moons, and hundereds of asteroids, the nearest 1000 stars to our Sun, and our local group of galaxies." [31Mb, Windows only, sorry, but see inside for similar Mac and Linux apps] [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken
on Jul 11, 2008 -
This little game
lets you learn about G Forces AND have fun. From the University of Cambridge's Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies.
You must build a roller coaster that thrills the occupants, but be warned - if they throw up your score gets reset, and making them black out is also frowned upon.
posted by SciencePunk
on May 2, 2008 -
At the University of Texas, researchers have produced some amazing videos and photos of liquid bouncing on liquid. This was one of nature.com's Images of the Year
for 2007 (picture number 6, in the upper-right corner). The project report, along with pictures and videos, is found on their bouncing jet
page, and it's quite extraordinary both for the counter-intuitive nature of the phenomenon and the extremely low-tech production methods. You can even do it at home with little more than a lazy Susan and some silicone oil. [more inside]
posted by math
on Mar 3, 2008 -
Solar cell directly splits water for hydrogen.
Thomas E. Mallouk and W. Justin Youngblood, postdoctoral fellow in chemistry, together with collaborators at Arizona State University, developed a catalyst system that, combined with a dye, can mimic the electron transfer and water oxidation processes that occur in plants during photosynthesis. They reported the results of their experiments at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science today in Boston.
posted by ZenMasterThis
on Feb 18, 2008 -
Open Yale Courses provides free and open access to seven introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers and scholars at Yale University:Astronomy, English, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies: a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video, syllabi, suggested readings, and problem sets. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye
on Dec 14, 2007 -
Here's a seemingly simple physics problem: an airplane taxis in one direction on a moving conveyor belt going the opposite direction. Can the plane take off? The debate rages on and on and on
posted by zardoz
on Sep 29, 2007 -
is a new FPS game where single-player and multiplayer modes meld in one. At any point, any Non-Player-Character might not be an NPC at all, but another Player. It is likely that, as in a game of tag, players will just take turns to be "it" like Agents in the Matrix, but... wouldn't it be great if we could all be "it" at the same time? Quantum Gaming
might just be the way to model such a swarm of gamers. [more inside]
posted by kandinski
on Sep 23, 2007 -
Particle accelerator experiments show that the neutron
has a negatively charged exterior, a positively charged middle, and a negative core. Abstract
from Physical Review Letters.
posted by russilwvong
on Sep 20, 2007 -
"It so often happens that I receive mail - well-intended but totally useless - by amateur physicists who believe to have solved the world. They believe this, only because they understand totally nothing about the real way problems are solved in Modern Physics...It should be possible, these days, to collect all knowledge you need from the internet. Problem then is, there is so much junk on the internet... I know exactly what should be taught to the beginning student...I can tell you of my own experiences. It helped me all the way to earn a Nobel Prize. But I didn't have internet. I am going to try to be your teacher. It is a formidable task."
posted by vacapinta
on Aug 29, 2007 -
[Friday Flash Fun] Gravity Pods
, a physics-based shooter/puzzle where you use special gravity pods and repellers to alter the course of a projectile and avoid barriers to hit a target.
posted by aerotive
on Jul 27, 2007 -
the delightful latest game from independent game developer Petri Purho at Kloonigames
, a sort of finnish Ferry Halim
. Draw objects with your crayon to get the ball to the star. The site is also home to other made-in-a-week games such as Cacodemon
, which is as frustrating as it is addictive. If Crayon Physics seems too short, check out the small level pack
or hack the xml to make your own. Windows only, works in Wine too
posted by BlackLeotardFront
on Jun 29, 2007 -