Physics Buzz

Your World is Your Lab: More to MOOCs than Seen on Screen
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Last summer, a group of scientists from Georgia Institute of Technology initiated one of the few Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) of its kind. Their approach has inspired other physics educators locally and internationally. Michael Schatz, a professor... more

Podcast: The Science of Shakespeare
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
This week on the podcast I chat with science writer Dan Falk about his new book The Science of Shakespeare. William Shakespeare lived in the thick of what we now call The Scientific Revolution: so did the scientific ideas taking root during this time inf... more

A Physics Course Through Time: Students Retrace the Steps of Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, Max Planck and Many More
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Think back to those fundamental physics classes you took in college. For most, those memories involve a large lecture hall, a chalk board decorated with numbers and letters and a voice explaining how they all connected. For a handful of other students, h... more

Supernovae and Indigenous Cultures
Monday, April 21, 2014
Stars have been exploding for billions of years, and some of those explosions are so massive that we can see them with the naked eye here on earth. Novae and supernovae (novae's more explosive older sibling), are the result of runaway nuclear fusion at t... more

Wait for it, Watch for it and You Could Make History
Friday, April 18, 2014
When it moves, Tens of thousands tune in to watch.People invented the term pitch-black for it,Because black was not good enough.If it touched you,you might end up in a hospital.It generates viral videos on YouTubeby doing absolutely nothing. It is the mo... more

Kepler's Latest Results Offer Most Habitable Exoplanet Yet
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Exoplanets that are most likely to host life have eluded detection, until now. As far as we understand, the most likely place to find extraterrestrial life outside of our solar system is on a planet that is similar in size to Earth and located within the... more

Tune in Friday for a Webcast on BICEP2 Images of Gravitational Waves in the Cosmic Microwave Background
Thursday, April 17, 2014
From the Kavli Foundation announcement . . ."THE FIRST DEFINITIVE PROOF that the universe underwent an almost unimaginably fast expansion when it was only a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second old has taken the world by storm. This sud... more