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New car safety report underscores dangers of small cars
The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety tested more than three dozen late-model vehicles to see if new safety features are preventing deaths. Chip Reid reports on the results.
Physics
Source: CBSNews
Posted on: Thursday, Jan 29, 2015, 8:11am
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Laser flight path caught on camera for the first time
It's usually only possible to see the spot where a laser lands rather than its path, but now an ultrafast camera has caught those photons mid-flight
Physics
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Tuesday, Jan 27, 2015, 9:02am
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Resurrecting a Meltdown-Proof Reactor Design
A new molten salt nuclear reactor design could make nuclear power safer and more economical.A new take on an old reactor design could make nuclear power cleaner and safer, and therefore more competitive with fossil fuels.
Physics
Source: Technology Review
Posted on: Friday, Jan 23, 2015, 10:36am
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Shapely photons break rules to fly slower than light
Light is the fastest thing around, but shaped beams travel slower than expected, even in a vacuum. No need to throw your physics textbooks out yet though
Physics
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Friday, Jan 23, 2015, 10:36am
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How Three Guys With $10K and Decades-Old Data Almost Found the Higgs Boson First
On a fall morning in 2009, a team of three young physicists huddled around a computer screen in a small office overlooking Broadway in New York. They were dressed for success—even the graduate student’s shirt had buttons—and a bottle of champagne was at the ready.
Physics
Source: Wired
Posted on: Friday, Jan 23, 2015, 10:36am
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Behind the unusual surge of earthquakes in Connecticut
Officials in Connecticut are moving to calm residents rattled by a recent surge in seismic activity, with the eastern part of the state being hit by a dozen earthquakes in a week. CBS News contributor and City University of New York physics professor Michio Kaku joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the swarm of earthquakes.
Technology
Source: CBSNews
Posted on: Friday, Jan 16, 2015, 10:10am
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Elon Musk's Hyperloop Idea Inches Forward
Elon Musk's dream for the Hyperloop, a tube-like high-speed transportation system, is moving forward.
Physics
Source: ABC News
Posted on: Friday, Jan 16, 2015, 10:10am
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What’s Up With That: How Squinting Helps You See Better
People often squint to try to see better. Why is that?
Physics
Source: Wired
Posted on: Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015, 11:06am
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The boy who put a star in a jar
Jamie Edwards made history when he built a working nuclear fusion reactor at school
Physics
Source: TheGuardian
Posted on: Friday, Jan 09, 2015, 8:08am
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Map a room by shining a laser through the keyhole
An imaging technique that measures the path of a laser can build up a three-dimensional picture and could let spies map an entire room
Physics
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Tuesday, Jan 06, 2015, 10:10am
Rating: | Views: 150 | Comments: 0
Table-top 'mini-LHC' ramps up to record energy
A laser-driven particle accelerator just 9 centimetres long is gearing up to rival heavyweights like the Large Hadron Collider
Physics
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Wednesday, Dec 17, 2014, 7:37am
Rating: | Views: 690 | Comments: 0
Cosmic bangs 'common on Earth'
Scientists shed light on the energetic emission of radiation that occurs in thunderstorms.
Physics
Source: BBC News
Posted on: Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014, 1:12pm
Rating: | Views: 596 | Comments: 0
CERN particle smasher to turn back on at record power in March
CERN's Large Hadron Collider will be turned back on in March and a few weeks later will start smashing sub-atomic particles together again at nearly double its previous power, helping scientists hunt for clues about the universe.
Physics
Source: Reuters
Posted on: Friday, Dec 12, 2014, 11:28am
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Light trickery makes bird feathers blue but not red
Understanding the different ways in which birds get their vivid hues could help us make coloured displays for devices such as e-readers
Physics
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Thursday, Dec 11, 2014, 7:59am
Rating: | Views: 484 | Comments: 0
Cosmic rays drive the galactic pottery wheel
The flat disc shape of the Milky Way galaxy had been a mystery. Now simulations suggest it could be thanks to winds driven by charged particles
Physics
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Thursday, Dec 11, 2014, 7:59am
Rating: | Views: 468 | Comments: 0
You Can Help Physicists Make the Next Higgs Boson Discovery
There’s still a lot scientists don’t know about the Higgs boson. Now, you can help make the next discovery.
Physics
Source: Wired
Posted on: Wednesday, Dec 03, 2014, 8:13am
Rating: | Views: 661 | Comments: 0
Beautiful Photos Show the Bizarre Behavior of Liquids
Liquids come in many forms, from bubbles and droplets to jets and sheets. Henri Lhuissier of Paris Diderot University and his colleagues use high-speed cameras to zoom in on the physics behind all kinds of liquid phenomena, which arise throughout nature, such as in the formation of raindrops and morning dew
Chemistry
Source: Wired
Posted on: Wednesday, Dec 03, 2014, 8:13am
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Five Practical Uses for "Spooky" Quantum Mechanics
Fifty years after Bell's Theorem, tools that harness the weird properties of quantum mechanics are at work all around you
Physics
Source: Smithsonian
Posted on: Tuesday, Dec 02, 2014, 7:45am
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Physicists solve mystery of why cats rule, dogs drool
Popular web videos showing that "cats rule and dogs drool" have new scientific evidence to support that felinophilic sentiment, at least when it comes to drinking.
Physics
Source: Reuters
Posted on: Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014, 8:24am
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Prize-Winning Videos Capture the Strange Beauty of Fluids in Motion
A gallery of gifs showing the most beautiful fluid dynamics visualizations from the American Physical Society's Division of Fluid Mechanics 2014 annual meeting.
Physics
Source: Wired
Posted on: Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014, 8:24am
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Us vs the universe: 8 ways we bend the laws of physics
Whether it's squeezing the uncertainty out of Heisenberg or busting the cosmic speed limit, we're outsmarting the universe to learn its secrets
Physics
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Thursday, Nov 20, 2014, 12:49pm
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We All Might Be Living in an Infinite Hologram
Quarks and leptons, the building blocks of matter, are staggeringly small—less than an attometer (a billionth of a billionth of a meter) in diameter. But zoom in closer—a billion times more—past zeptometers and yoctometers, to where the units run out of names. Then keep going, a hundred million times smaller still, and you finally hit bottom: This is the Planck length, the smallest possible unit in the universe.
Physics
Source: Wired
Posted on: Thursday, Nov 20, 2014, 12:49pm
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Optical trickery brings Rothko's paintings back to life
Bespoke lighting effects are returning the original colours to five faded masterpieces by artist Mark Rothko at Harvard Art Museums
Physics
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014, 7:12am
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Dark matter could be seen in GPS time glitches
What if the unseen stuff making up 80 per cent of the universe's matter isn't a weird particle, but cosmic kinks? Then GPS satellites could reveal its effects
Physics
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014, 7:12am
Rating: | Views: 1097 | Comments: 0
Twisted light sends Mozart record distance through air
By twisting photons into spirals as they travel, large amounts of information can be encoded in light and used for long-distance communication
Physics
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Thursday, Nov 13, 2014, 8:41am
Rating: | Views: 204 | Comments: 0
These X's Are The Same Shade, So What Does That Say About Color?
Never mind the physics. Color isn't just a particular wavelength of light, it turns out. It's a fascinating mix of context and what's happening outside and inside your head.
Neuroscience
Source: NPR
Posted on: Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014, 7:48am
Rating: | Views: 166 | Comments: 0
Ghost universes kill Schrödinger's quantum cat
Quantum weirdness is a sign of many ordinary but invisible universes jostling to share the same space as ours, according to a bold new idea
Physics
Source: New Scientist
Posted on: Thursday, Nov 06, 2014, 8:17am
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Italian to become first woman head of CERN physics centre
Italian physicist Fabiola Gianotti was chosen on Tuesday to head the CERN particle physics research centre that houses the giant LHC "Big Bang" machine, making her the first woman nominated to lead a top global scientific institution in the field.
Physics
Source: Reuters
Posted on: Wednesday, Nov 05, 2014, 7:54am
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How Gravity Explains Why Time Never Runs Backward
We can’t avoid the passing of time, even at the DMV, where time seems to come to a standstill. And daylight savings notwithstanding, time always ticks forward. But why not backward? For a group of physicists, the answers to these deep and complex questions may arise from a familiar source: gravity.
Physics
Source: Wired
Posted on: Wednesday, Nov 05, 2014, 7:54am
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Small Islands May Make Tsunami Danger Worse
While offshore islands usually protect coasts, simulations suggest they may amplify monster waves reaching the mainland
Physics
Source: Smithsonian
Posted on: Wednesday, Nov 05, 2014, 7:54am
Rating: | Views: 195 | Comments: 0
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