Things to Think About Thursday
Each Thursday I post the most interesting science-related tidbits I run across on the internet for your enjoyment! I will gladly take recommendations or requests at whatisaplunk[at]gmail[dot]com!
Greetings from APS March Meeting 2012! Expect to see some interesting posts about networking, outreach opportunities, and feminism within the next week or so – I have so much to tell!
- In a world where every other person has an e-reader (and I am seriously contemplating one of those Kindles…) it’s nice to be able to sift through the millions of databases of eBooks with some sense of organization. Download the Universe is a eBook review site that focuses on books about science. The reviewers are lovely and the content is excellent!
- Remember that big news about faster-than-light neutrinos? It’s a wonder the havoc a loose wire can wreak.
- Take a look at the following video from BBC’s A Night with the Stars. In it, Brian Cox (one of my favorite “popular” physicists) gives a bit of a hand-wavey description of how the Pauli Exclusion Principle means that “everything is connected to everything.” While he is a mesmerizing speaker, his physics is a little wrong. Take 10 minutes out of your day and read this excellent description of why.
- SEMs (scanning electron microscopes) aren’t just for looking at crystalline fractures, and FEI wants to make sure you know what awesome things you can see with their machines.