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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

A double exposure image of Nikola Tesla under lightening

January 7, 2013

Image of the Week: Nikola Tesla, Tragic Genius

Today marks 70 years since the death of Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943), a Serbian-American electrical engineer and inventor who’s most remembered achievement was developing the alternating current (AC) electrical supply system. Used worldwide, AC is...

Grand Canyon with Snow

January 1, 2013

Big Moments in Science 2012

Well, it’s that time of year again: time to look back and reflect on everything that transpired during our latest trip around the sun.  In 2012, there were plenty of moments (or in some cases extended...

Map of Shipping Noise in Atlantic Ocean

December 14, 2012

Mapping Sound Waves in a Noisy Ocean

For most humans, sight is our dominant sense.  We use our eyes to monitor our surroundings,  get around, observe and connect with other people, find and prepare food, learn about the world, and much more.  Common...

Dr. Helen Rodriguez Trias

October 8, 2012

Five Inspiring Hispanic Scientists

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the Hispanic population in the U.S. will reach 132.8 million (or 30 percent of the total U.S. population) by the year 2050.   But Hispanic students (as well as other minorities)...

An artist's concept of NASA's Mars Climate Orbiter

September 21, 2012

Tragedies in Science: The Crash of the Mars Climate Orbiter

In science, as in the rest of life, things don’t always go as planned. From time to time, accidents, mistakes, and tragedies happen. In the worst cases, these experiences result in serious losses or even catastrophes...

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