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.

Happy Thursday!

About Amelia Plunk

I recently graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in physics and chemistry, and am now pursuing a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University. I am fascinated by all things science, and value highly educating oneself on current issues in science, not just on the classroom concepts. As a woman in science I recognize the hurdles that we have to overcome to push ourselves to the top, and thus I hope to inspire other young women, and individuals in any of the minority communities, to make their way in this field. My goal is to obtain a Ph.D. in materials science and to become a professor at the college level. While I love research and hope to never stop contributing to my field, my true passion lies in teaching and spreading knowledge and excitement about science. I am an advocate for women in science and a queer-friendly individual. My blogs are all safe spaces for anyone and everyone.

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