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Posted by Positron at 7/31/2015 03:44:00 PM
In an effort to improve materials used in aviation and medicine, a team of Irish researchers is studying the legs of certain insects. Some features that appear to contribute to the legs' sturdiness don’t actually do so, they found, while others that would be expected to weaken the legs don’t have that effect.
|How many physicists does it take to put together a booth?|
|Miss Alignment is back in Spectra 7: High Intensity!|
|After a nightmare of PVC and duct tape, the Physics Central team is proud of their booth.|
|Dave, our illustrator, hands out comics to some new fans,|
|with the help of Emily, APS News' science writer!|
|You're never too young to start learning about physics!|
|Doctor Yi Suchong shows off his genuine Edison Wax Cylinder record.|
|I met a Left Shark...|
|...and saw some weird recursions...|
|...along with some folks trying to get their live-action Thundercats movie off the ground.|
|Becky, the author of Spectra, was on a few panels about science and outreach,|
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Posted by Positron at 7/24/2015 03:19:00 PM
Surprisingly, it's not just the food.
Posted by Positron at 7/21/2015 02:44:00 PM
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http://bit.ly/1H9va0c, illustration by Michael Greshko
Posted by Buzz Skyline at 6/26/2015 02:15:00 PM
“We’re here to inspire filmmakers,” says Rick Loverd, Program Manager of the Science and Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences. “We’re here to provide mainstream media content creators with great science.” Launched in 2008, the Exchange works to connect writers, producers, and industry executives with scientists and engineers, both to improve the overall quality of science in mainstream entertainment and to break down negative stereotypes of scientists themselves. On this week’s podcast, we delve into the world of science consulting, exploring what it takes to pull off a successful collaboration. According to Loverd, the key is to put the story first and try to find organic ways to ground it in science. “I don’t think you can steer Hollywood creatives toward something. You can just give them a better idea.”
That’s how the 2011 Marvel blockbuster Thor ended up with a backstory grounded in theoretical physics. When Caltech physicist Sean M. Carroll suggested that the title character travel to Earth via an Einstein-Rosen Bridge — a wormhole — the character of Jane Foster, originally a nurse, became a particle astrophysicist instead. That gave her a plausible reason be out in the desert of New Mexico when Thor arrives, explains UCLA postdoctoral scholar Kevin Peter Hickerson. Thinking through the physics to flesh out the backstory, Hickerson helped Marvel producers construct Jane Foster’s laboratory, which (in the movie) relies on high energy physics to detect signatures of dark matter coming from Thor’s hammer. “That was the sort of way in which, very organically to their creative process, a scientist was able to drop some facts and help the filmmakers make something feel slightly more plausible,” says Loverd.
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Posted by Buzz Skyline at 6/19/2015 01:31:00 PM