Geeky Physics, Technostalgia


The pitch drop experiment running at the the University of Queensland, Australia. Image from Wiki

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Sometime in 1927, a Professor Thomas Parnell of the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, decided to demonstrate to his students that some materials that appear to be solid at room temperature are actually extremely […]


Startup: If You Get Funding To Do It Then It Counts As Science

Concerned that spilling coffee while walking was interrupting too much thinking of important science stuff, University of California researchers did a study on the incredibly complex subject of liquid sloshing – specifically, the sloshing of coffee. I’ll cut to the chase: typical coffee mugs happen to be the right diameter to oscillate […]


Shutdown: Helmets? We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Helmets!

Barry and Ivan slightly before the accident that left them forever DERP’d.

There’s probably a physicist out there in our readership that could explain how some gyroscopic force is keeping these two lunatics from catastrophically accelerating their frontal lobes into their foreskull, but ever since a childhood accident with a slide rule I […]


Shutdown: Physics 101 – Nukes: “What the hell is going on?”



What’s true? What is pure hyperbole? How much of CNN is exaggeration? And how much of NHK is gross understatement?

There are a lot of “experts” out there on TV, Intertubes and talk radio at the moment, and more than a few seem to be more interested in milking the limelight than providing factual and useful information. A lot people know people, who worked with someone, who once knew a nuclear engineer that wrote a blog-post on how safe, or indeed how evil nuclear power is.

One minute things are OK, the next it is time to stock up on bacon and trail mix. The sheer amount of misinformation makes it hard to figure out what is really going on without getting caught up in either side of the argument.

We are not going to get into the debate here on whether or not the Apocalypse is neigh. But before taping up your windows and chimney with tin-foil however, it is prudent to have some real working knowledge on the issue without needing a doctorate in nuclear physics. Continue reading Shutdown: Physics 101 – Nukes: “What the hell is going on?”