Butterflies Inspire Anti-Counterfeit Technology
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton via Flickr
A Canadian company is fighting counterfeiters by employing one of the most sophisticated structures in nature: a...
Angry Birds: Furious Forces! Review
Monday, June 17, 2013
Image Credit: National Geographic
With over 1.7 billion downloads, the suite of Angry Birds games has dominated the mobile gaming market for the past few years. During the game's meteoric rise, one science writer has taken a keen interest in the physic...
How to Perfectly Swim the Chesapeake Bay
Friday, June 14, 2013
I started this post yesterday thinking this would be a simple, interesting math problem. Turns out I was wrong. Here it is, a day late and one equation short. This past Sunday I participated in the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim. I...
PODCAST:The Physics of Vinyl (and other records)
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
This week on the Physics Central Podcast we're talking about the physics of vinyl records. How do records record sound, and why can't you make a record out of wood or ice or some other material? (A: You CAN! It just might not sound very good!).
Luis Alvarez: Master Inventor
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Image: Dutch National Archives
The physicists of yesteryear were a colorful bunch, often dabbling in one discipline for a time before jumping into something entirely new. To many, the bongo-playing, safe-cracking, Nobel Prize-winning Ric...
Whistleblowing in Science
Monday, June 10, 2013
Last week, the Guardian published several articles revealing an extensive, intrusive monitoring program hosted by the National Security Administration. Apparently, the NSA has required cell service provider Verizon to hand over huge troves of data coveri...
A Post of Ice and Fire, but Mostly Fire
Friday, June 07, 2013
Daenerys and her dragon. (Photo: HBO)
Sunday's Game of Thrones episode, "The Rains of Castamere," sent everyone who hadn't read the books into a tailspin. There won't be any spoilers from Sunday in this post because if the great wide inter...