Tag: physics

Nigel Stanford creates a mesmorising collaboration of science and music. #wow

CYMATICS: Science Vs. Music – Nigel Stanford from Nigel Stanford on Vimeo.

More on Nigel here. Via Colossal (Thanks Ben!)

A brief (scientific) history of weapons. (Also brilliant)










By Zach Weinersmith, from Medium.

Joke paper on effect of real versus placebo parachute use whilst jumping out an airplane

To quote:

“As with many interventions intended to prevent ill health, the effectiveness of parachutes has not been subjected to rigorous evaluation by using randomised controlled trials. Advocates of evidence based medicine have criticised the adoption of interventions evaluated by using only observational data. We think that everyone might benefit if the most radical protagonists of evidence based medicine organised and participated in a double blind, randomised, placebo controlled, crossover trial of the parachute.”


Download the pdf here.

Wonderful short video on quantum computers. Great discussion segue on the unknown, on science, and on inspiration.

Video by Google, produced by Lorraine Yurshansky

Camera plus alcohol plus combustion equal whoa





By Fabian Oefner, via Colossal

Whoa. Timelapse movie of snowflake formation. #beautiful

snowtime from Иванов Вячеслав on Vimeo.

By Vyacheslav Ivanov, via Colossal.

On the scientific definition of “nothing” and “negligable” #funny


From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

Two words to describe world’s tallest water slide – holy crap!


And, of course, there’s a video:

Now we need the corresponding physics question to go along with it…

Soon to be opened at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City. Via Instinct Magazine.

Scientific research on the existence of time travellers. #4real

Love this – although disappointing that none were found…


ABSTRACT: Time travel has captured the public imagination for much of the past century, but little has been done to actually search for time travelers. Here, three implementations of Internet searches for time travelers are described, all seeking a prescient mention of information not previously available. The first search covered prescient content placed on the Internet, highlighted by a comprehensive search for specific terms in tweets on Twitter. The second search examined prescient inquiries submitted to a search engine, highlighted by a comprehensive search for specific search terms submitted to a popular astronomy web site. The third search involved a request for a direct Internet communication, either by email or tweet, pre-dating to the time of the inquiry. Given practical verifiability concerns, only time travelers from the future were investigated. No time travelers were discovered. Although these negative results do not disprove time travel, given the great reach of the Internet, this search is perhaps the most comprehensive to date.

By Robert J. Nemiroff and Teresa Wilson. Link to arXiv page.

Testing Galileo’s idea IN SPACE!

This is so awesome…

This comes by way of the Futility Closet, which also outlines a really great thought experiment that convinced Galileo that he was right, and Aristotle was wrong (his was the prevailing theory at the time).

Drawable (is that a word?) electrical circuits. Very cool.


The folks over at Urbana-based Electroninks Incorporated just launched a Kickstarter project for a new kind of pen that draws fuctional electronic circuits instantly. Called the Circuit Scribe, the handy little device works like a regular ballpoint pen and releases a non-toxic conductive silver ink that dries instantly.

Kickstarter here. Text via Colossal.

Candy that has been organized according to electromagnetic radiation absorption properties.

Made you look…







Photographs by Emily Blincoe, via Colossal.


WANT: Beautiful vintage poster of electromagnetic radiation

This is all over the web (and rightly so). A thing of beauty. Click on the image for a closer look, or click on this Flickr link for full 100Mb resolution.


Via llnl photos. HT to Fresh Photons.

That’s one small rocket launch for man, one giant leap for frogkind…

This. Is. Epic.

And all over the internet, but now also archived here at Popperfont if you ever need a graphic on (amphibians, natural selection, biodiversity, thrust calculations, insert keyword here).


From NASA/Universe Today, via Atlantic.

How evolution would go mad (apparently).

And I quote:

“If, by some simple and possible means, such as the lessening of the Earth’s magnetic field, which now deflects most of the cosmic rays, they came through in great strength, evolution would go mad.”


From Amazing Stories, February, 1940. Via Fresh Photons.

An installation to blend particle physics with art.

Superposition 2013 (entitled Covariance) is a really intriguing looking installation by Lyndall Phelps and Ben Stills and is also now open for visiting (if you’re in London).





“And that’s the hope for our new project Superposition, enabling people to access and engage with physics through art and getting people to think (perhaps just for a minute) about the role physics plays in their lives and the world at large.
This pilot project pairs a physicist (Ben Still) with an artist (Lyndall Phelps) and challenges them to explore physics through the visual arts. The conversations that they have, the ideas that are sparked, and the experiences that they have, will be documented on this blog while the artwork that is conceived between them will be exhibited during the summer of 2013.”

For more info, visit www.physics.org/Superposition/. Via My Modern Met.

Photos of my kids as projectiles suspended in the peak of their parabolic trajectory (a.k.a. they look like they’re levitating)

Just a couple pictures from our summer.  Locales in order are: London’s Natural History Museum; Howth, Ireland; Harry Potter Studios, Leavesden; Chester Cathedral; Chester town center; Mam Tor summit, Peak District; Lyme Park, Derbyshire; Lille, France; and one of us parents in Lyme Park.










Quantum Proctology explained (sort of).


By Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, via Fresh Photons

In which the Higgs Boson calls a press conference #funny

Great humour piece by Sarah Rosenshine. Below is the first paragraph, and I’ve posted it here for archival purposes, but definitely, definitely go read it over at McSweeney’s.

“All right, you found me. Like a subatomic Carmen Sandiego, here I am. Oh, that joke is dated? I’m sorry, everything past the Stone Age is current when you were here at the beginning of time. So please, spare me your inability to comprehend temporal relativity.

Look, I didn’t call you all to the Garden Inn, Geneva so I could trade barbs with CNN’s lone Science and Technology Correspondent. No, I called this press conference for one reason: to ask that you please stop calling me the God Particle.”

Read more.

Illustrations from vintage children’s book on magnets by Cynthia Amrine

magnets01 magnets03 magnets02

By Cynthia Amrine, via Fresh Photons (Can’t find attribution but would love to know who the artist is) Thanks to first4magnets.com for tracking down the artist!


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