Physics Buzz

55 Years Since the World Sees the Moon's Far Side
Saturday, October 18, 2014
55 years ago today mankind first glimpsed the far side of the Moon. You're looking at that first grainy image of an unknown landscape.The first photograph of the far side of the Moon, taken on October 7th, 1959 by Soviet spacecraft Luna 3.Credit: Wi... more

Grassroots Campaign to get a Physics Nobel for Vera Rubin
Friday, October 17, 2014
Now that the 2014 Nobel Prizes are done, it's time to start looking forward to next year. Why so soon? Because I'm hoping that we can start a grassroots campaign to help Vera Rubin win the physics Nobel in 2015. The nominating process for 2015 began in S... more

A Close Encounter of the Martian Kind
Thursday, October 16, 2014
A comet on express delivery from the Oort cloud of rock and ice that surrounds our Solar System makes a close approach of Mars this weekend. Martian satellites are already hunkering down against the potential onslaught of debris.Comet C/2013 A1, aka Sidi... more

Podcast Repost: Game of Thrones Weather
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
For this week's podcast, we've dug up an old podcast that we published last year (originally published July 24, 2013). For those that missed it, the podcast covered the physics behind a world like Westeros: the setting for the hit HBO show Game of Throne... more

Robot Sand Snakes
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
If you had no arms and no legs, just how would you propose to climb up a hill? Slither straight up like a snake? Ah, but what if the hill were made of sand?Physicists have unlocked the mystery by studying the mesmerizing motion of sidewinder rattlesnakes... more

Massive Study Shows How Languages Change
Monday, October 13, 2014
Originally published: Sep 30 2014 - 7:00pm, Inside Science News ServiceBy: Joel N. Shurkin, Contributor(Inside Science)-- More than 100 years ago, the playwright Oscar Wilde had one of his British characters say that England and America "have everything ... more

A Quantum Walk Toward Artificial Intelligence
Friday, October 10, 2014
From the cover of Robot Visions by Isaac AsimovYour Android phone (or iPhone, if that's how you roll) is an impressive machine, with computing speeds and storage capacities thousands of times those of desktop PCs from only years ago. If Moore's Law holds... more