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May 5, 2015

2015 – The International Year of Light

  Most of us rarely think about light since it is a constant presence in our lives – from the abundant rays of sunshine during a morning commute, to the bulbs that illuminate a darkened room...

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March 12, 2015

Writing to Learn in the Science Classroom

Education in the United States, particularly in the K through 12 arena, has been a hotbed of public debate in the last decade, heating up more recently in controversies surrounding Common Core. While few would argue...

The Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica. (Credit: NASA.)

May 23, 2014

Making Sense of West Antarctic Melting

  Two new studies unveiled last week require revising estimates of future sea-level rise upward. Together, the studies — which concern melting of Antarctic ice — suggest that oceans could rise by as much as 11...

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April 10, 2014

Frequency Fingerprints

News of radio signals emanating from the bottom of the Indian Ocean provided a much-needed clue to the whereabouts of the missing Malaysian Airlines jet that disappeared from radar screens a little more than one month...

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March 17, 2014

New State of Matter Discovered

One of the foundations of physics and chemistry is the concept of states of matter. While many have been discovered, in reality we only tend to pay attention to the big three: solids, liquids, and gases. Plasma...

January 17, 2014

Video of the Week: Flying Robot Jellyfish?

It’s a not a bird and it most certainly isn’t a plane. The flapping object in our video of the week is a tiny robot that most closely resembles a jellyfish but that isn’t actually modeled...

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December 24, 2013

Video of the Week: Marvelous Snowflakes

This week, those who live in the northern hemisphere will cross their fingers in hopes of a dusting of snow for the holidays. Everyone loves snow for making snowballs and snow forts, plus a blanket of...

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December 2, 2013

On this Day in 1942: Initiating the World’s First Nuclear Chain Reaction

On this day 71 years ago, physicists Enrico Fermi and Léo Szilárd, along with Martin Whittaker, Walter Zinn, George Weil, and Arthur Compton, gathered together in a squash court under the west stands of the University...

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June 28, 2013

Image of the Week: Celebrating the Solstice with Solar Activity

  Last week, on June 20th, people across the Northern Hemisphere celebrated the summer solstice. In Anchorage, Alaska, they held a midnight festival and a marathon in honor of their 24 hours of sunlight. Bonfires burned...

A supercell thunderstorm over Texas. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

May 30, 2013

The Physics of Ferocious Funnels

Every year around this time, tornadoes materialize out of the ominous slate-grey skies of the Midwest, hurtling across the plains with unpredictable ferocity. Large ones, like the behemoth that obliterated the town of Moore, OK, earlier...