Physics Buzz

NASA's Microgravity Hoax
Friday, August 28, 2015
Yes, astronauts landed on the moon. But that doesn't mean NASA has been completely honest.Free fall aboard NASA's vomit comet, where gravity is anything but micro.Starting in the 1970's, for some reason I have yet to discover, NASA started lying to us ab... more

On Pi and Tau
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
In 2010, physicist and educator Michael Hartl published something he called The Tau Manifesto, a piece of writing which put forth arguments for a surprisingly controversial assertion: π is wrong.That’s not to say that our measurements of it are off, of c... more

Danger! High Voltage
Monday, August 24, 2015
A few weeks ago, we put up a "Fermi problem Friday" post about the odds of being struck by lightning. That post was met with some criticism in the comments section, so it's currently down while we revise it to reflect our readers' concerns. But last Frid... more

Liftoff: Hydrophobic Fibers Fling Condensation From Their Strands
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
I recently moved to the DC area in the middle of the summer where, on a bad day, being outdoors is a lot like being inside a rice cooker; sometimes I wish I could stop sweating, because evaporative cooling doesn’t really work when the air is already prac... more

The Heavyweight Champion of the Universe
Monday, August 17, 2015
About 3.4 billion light-years away, in the general direction of the constellation Draco, lies one of the heaviest singular objects in the known universe. Designated H1821+643, it has roughly 30 billion times the mass of the sun, with an event horizon tha... more

What's more radioactive than a nuclear power plant?
Friday, August 14, 2015
A lot of things, it turns out. But the one you'd probably least expect? Waste from a non-nuclear power plant, by a factor of 100.Would we feel different about fossil fuels if this warning were mandatory on coal-fired power plants? Image courtes... more

The Disappointing Truth About Lexus' New Hoverboard
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
By now you've probably seen the latest video of Lexus' hoverboard technology, a two-minute spot produced as part of their "Amazing in Motion" advertising campaign. The board itself is incredibly cool—literally—the technology relies on superconductors, co... more