Physics Buzz

10 Nerdy Science Costumes for Halloween
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Halloween is only 10 days away and maybe you need a cool (and easy) costume. Because you're reading this, I'm guessing you have more than a casual interest in science. To celebrate this awesome love, here are 10 very nerdy science costumes.Credit: 3268za... more

Nobel Prize Winners Infographic
Monday, October 20, 2014
In the wake of the Nobel Prize announcements earlier this month, we found this great infographic from our friends at Inside Science detailing the demographics of Nobel Prize winners. Winners for the prizes in physics, chemistry, and medicine were include... more

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