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Valentine’s Physics: Flashes of Light and Diamond Rings

Love is in the air. Combusting in the air, that is.

The whole romance thing is always described in terms of fireworks of light and diamond rings and the appearance of something, suddenly, that wasn’t there before.  Hmm.  Something appearing from nothing?  Light appearing in a vacuum?  Sounds like an impossibility!  With today being Valentine’s Day and all, it seemed a good opportunity to explore some of the more, uh, romantic aspects of physics to come up recently.

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Disco in your Mouth! The Physics of Beatboxing

Beatboxers in their natural habitat. Photo: Flickr/Ksenia Novikova/Aktiv I Oslo, Creative Commons.

Mmbff. Chck. Mmbff. Phshhhhhhhh. Okay, so we’re not the best beatboxers around. But the physics of it have always intrigued us. Whatever music you like, you’ve probably come across a beatboxer. You know, the guy who’s practically eating his microphone while he’s laying down oral beats that pull the music together.

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Why Turkeys Can’t Fly

This turkey does not fly. Courtesy Trois Têtes (TT)/Flickr.

Being a physicist, you might look for scientific answers to this question.  You might figure it’s a result of the turkey’s awkward large-bird-small-wings arrangement or more likely, given how we feel after eating turkey, that they just have more than their share of heavy particles.  (And, to be fair, everyone even remotely interested in astrophysics knows that given enough velocity small wings are all that’s needed — but turkeys still haven’t evolved booster rockets, so that’s little help.)

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PhysCon 2012 Wrap-Up

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We’re baaaaa-aaaack!  And PhysCon was a blast!

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Today, the frontiers of science are mostly interdisciplinary and multidimensional, and the field requires scientists and engineers from various fields. Graduate school prepares your way of thinking, but your best preparation for scientific work would be to broaden your horizons and cooperate with other disciplines or specialties. — Dr. Fred Dylla, Executive Director and CEO of the American Institute of Physics, Podcast Episode #4

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