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The Physics Central Team has traveled west to the Mecca of all things Nerdy: San Diego Comic Con. Here's this year's team, including this Comic Con first-timer. Clockwise from back left: artist David Ellis, Agent Utah, Hyperspace, Halfstache, Quantum and Spectra herself (aka Rebecca Thompson). Most of the photos in this post are courtesy of the super-equipped Quantum.It's lovely weather here in San Diego, but we're mostly staying inside enjoying the many amazing sights of this awesome […]
This week on the podcast, Mike Lucibella and I are bringing you some of our favorite physics news stories from July.Some very cool technologies were announced or revealed this month. There's Vantablack, the darkest material ever invented (it absorbs all but .035% of light). It gives the impression of looking down a hole, even when it's wrapped around a 3D surface. There's also the announcement that a private company, LightSail, will test a solar sail technology in 2016. Solar sails use the […]
Scientists at the University of Chicago have discovered a new way to create a smooth coating of a sprayed material on a surface. Using a dense suspension of particles, their technique allows for a drop to rapidly form in an even layer on a surface.A side view of a drop impacting a glass surface, splashing, and flattening into a single layer. Image Credit: Physical Review Letters.In the past, viscosity and 'wettability' affected spraying a liquid (like paint) onto a smooth surface. Wettability […]
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 […]
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