Is Science Fiction Science FACT?: Death Star Physics
Iím sure that most of you out there have been sitting at home and thinking to yourself, "Golly gee! I wonder how much energy the Death Star needed in order to destroy Alderaan!" No? Hm, itís just me then. ... Recently I was at the first meeting of the Physics Book Club, having a lengthy discussion about the notion of spinning, time, space, and other such things that physics nerds ponder in their everyday lives. More...
13 More Things That Don't Make Sense
Strive as we might to make sense of the world, there are mysteries that still confound us. In this classic article from 2005, New Scientist takes a tour of thirteen perplexing exceptions that could rewrite all the rules. Cracking any one of them could yield profound truths.
See the list...
Why Ghost Hunters Is the Best Science Show on TV
Of the questions that have troubled great thinkers these last few thousand years, the question of which TV science show is the best has proved among the hardest to resolve. This is partly because the science shows on television keep changing, but it is also a fact that work in the field has, until lately, been spotty and lackadaisical, undertaken more often by desperate science writers for an afternoon than by a dedicated specialist for an entire year. Without further ado I can now reveal the best science show on television: Ghost Hunters
, currently in its fifth preposterous season on cable television’s Syfy (né Sci Fi) Channel.No matter how silly and misguided, Ghost Hunters captures an element of science that Numb3rs, House, and even Mythbusters miss.
NSF teams with NASCAR for
"The Science of Speed"
A new online series of videos called The Science of Speed
reveals the sophisticated science and engineering behind
NASCAR racing to teach science. The series can be found on a new website created by the National Science Foundation (NSF), Science360.gov
. “NASCAR is built largely on principles of science that produce speed and safety, which is why
this marriage makes so much sense. We’re trying to tap into the demographics and enthusiasm
of those who follow it and inspire them to learn about science,”
says NSF's Jeff Nesbit. To bring the 12-module science video series to computer screens, NSF teamed with NASCAR,
the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States, University of Texas at Dallas
physics professor Diandra Leslie-Pelecky—author of the book The Physics of NASCAR
Santa Fe Productions, Albuquerque, N.M.