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Once again, the Physics Central team will be attending this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego from July 23rd through July 27th.We'll be handing out tons of free laser and Tesla comic books along with extra goodies for Comic-Con attendees.The Physics Central team at last year's Comic-Con.Here's what you need to know:Where:Booth number 2207 in the Exhibit Hall of the San Diego Convention Center.When:Wednesday, July 23, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pmThursday, July 24, 9:30 am - 7:00 pmFriday, July […]
Whether awake or asleep, people can only lie still for so long. Staying in one position for too long can lead to bed sores as well as circulation and breathing problems. Sleeping without moving enough can also be an indication that something is medically out of order.Various researchers have monitored turnover dynamics of sleeping people over the years, mostly by counting the number times and how far someone turns in a given period. But these two numbers are often not enough to distinguish […]
Sixty-nine years ago today, a huge fireball rose slowly above the New Mexican desert. The Trinity test signified that for the first time, physicists working on the Manhattan Project had successfully split the atom and built the first nuclear bomb.Photo by Jack AebyThe Atomic Heritage Foundation's Voices of the Manhattan Project website is an unparalleled trove of historic interviews with the veterans of the project. There's collected historic recordings of everyone from the heads of the […]
My family was big on Sunday morning breakfasts growing up, and pancakes made a frequent appearance. When I was old enough to learn how to make them, my father shared one common piece of advice: wait to flip the pancakes until bubbles start to burst on the top of the batter and hold their shape.Image Credit: Hedvig on Flickr I always thought the most interesting part of this instruction was waiting for the shape to hold. That precise moment indicates the pancake is in the state of changing […]
Publish or perish.That's the mantra many young researchers live by as they compete to establish their early scientific career. But not all publications are treated equally in the world of academia.Some journals are considered more prestigious than others, and some papers are cited much more widely than others — a quantitative measure of a paper's influence.And when there's a way to quantitatively evaluate a group, rankings will inevitably emerge. Each year, Thomson Reuters releases a […]
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