physics

Emmy Noether Solves the Universe.

Emmy Noether Solves the Universe.

“Momentum is always conserved, except when it isn’t.” In high school physics, we learn all manner of conservation laws, one at a time, when they accidentally happen to pop up, without so much as a word of explanation for WHY nature seems to care so much about these quantities.  We’ve asked, of course, only to have our knuckles rapped for impertinence or, in our less corporal age, been referred to ... »

A toast to sparkling wine!

A toast to sparkling wine!

New Year’s Eve is upon us, which means it’s time to break open the bubbly! Want to drop a little knowledge along with your toasts? Here’s a rundown on this most festive of beverages (including a video that changed my life forever): 1. Champagne is sparkling wine from a specific region of France east of Paris and can be made from white chardonnay, pinot noir, or pinot meunier. The... »

Sex, Cards, and Calculus: The Life of Émilie du Châtelet

Sex, Cards, and Calculus: The Life of Émilie du Châtelet

In popular mythology, the 1687 publication of Newton’s Principia was the culminating moment when one human told the world how the universe works, performed his century’s equivalent of the mic drop, and then received the adulation that was his due.  Of course, it worked nothing like that, and while England was quick to lionize his intellectual achievement, it took half a century for his ideas to ca... »

Hot Cocoa to help Light the Night

Hot Cocoa to help Light the Night

Congratulations to the Skepchick teams for raising over $2,500 for Light the Night and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! I promised to create a warm non-alcoholic beverage in honor of this achievement. However, I’m so proud of you all that I decided to make two recipes, one with booze and one without! Both are variations on hot cocoa, and I hope you enjoy–the treat is well-deserved!... »

Man of Steel a Superman Science Review

Man of Steel a Superman Science Review

Man of Steel was released a couple of weeks ago and I had the chance to see it. I liked it, overall. It was exciting and the action was pretty solid. But that’s not what I’m here to talk about. I want to talk about the depiction of science in the film. I’m going to ignore both Kryptonian superpowers and their justification. That’s the buy in for superman. He’s super b... »

Does the Size of Your Skull Affect Your Taste in Music?

Does the Size of Your Skull Affect Your Taste in Music?

A few weeks ago, a group of scientists from William Paterson University came together to ask an incredibly novel, yet incredibly obvious question: since skulls of different sizes have different resonant frequencies, does the size of your skull account for the music you like? It’s one of those questions I wish I had thought of. There’s such a diversity in music tastes, and what one pers... »

“GMO”, “UFO”, and a “Winged Shape-Shifter”: SkepchickCon, Part 2

“GMO”, “UFO”, and a “Winged Shape-Shifter”: SkepchickCon, Part 2

Continuing from last week’s post, I’m going to discuss some of the pictures I created for SkepchickCon. The neat thing about this week’s post is that you can actually purchase the discussed photos themselves! The photos are framed and autographed by me with the proceeds going to help pay for the SkepchickCon speakers’ travel expenses. You can view the pieces up for auction ... »

The Physics and Chemistry of Emulsions and Blender Mayonnaise

The Physics and Chemistry of Emulsions and Blender Mayonnaise

I am a big fan of mayonnaise. I like it on my fries, on my burgers, and combined with different ingredients to create a variety of amazing sauces. Even if you don’t like mayo, I think you should agree with me that there is something magical about how egg yolk and oil blended together in just the right way can result in something with a texture so different from either base ingredient. And if... »

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