In beautiful, Science, writing on August 26, 2014 at 7:01 am
“Science is not a set of facts or received wisdom that’s been handed down.It’s a system for innovation and advancement—and humankind’s best invention yet for pursuing the truth and an understanding of how the world works.”
Read more of Scientific American editor Mariette DiChristina’s eloquent defense of science, and basic science funding, presented to the US Congress earlier this summer: Mariette DiChristina: "Science Is an Engine of Human Prosperity" – Scientific American.
In hilarious, Science on August 19, 2014 at 7:55 am
In a classic example of physicists at play, students published a paper on the feasibility of the Wrong Trousers from a Wallace & Gromit film of the same name. Turns out that the vacuum generation to hold Wallace to the ceiling? Not so difficult to create.
See the press release: Students show Wallace and Gromit 'Wrong Trousers' are scientifically possible for a short period of time.
Or read the PDF of the journal paper: “It’s the wrong trousers Gromit!” Part 1
In beautiful, Science, technology on August 12, 2014 at 7:31 am
Fluid dynamics are complicated and fascinating, but here the emphasis is on how they can also be very very pretty. Take a look at wingtip vortices in a recent post from my favorite obscenely-named tumblr blog Fuck Yeah Fluid Dynamics: Wingtip vortices.