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Professor Splash on Time Warp

Time Warp is this Discovery channel show that makes slow motion videos of stuff. Not too bad of a show (although I already talked about the samurai guy and “waves of energy”). Professor splash is this guy that jumps from really high positions and lands in 1 foot of water (and doesn’t die). He was…

Science is not math

I probably should have included this idea on my “All about science” blog post. Maybe I didn’t put it in there because if I talk about what science is you can figure out what it is not. Science is not math Science is all about making models. It is true that many current models are…

I just realized that something has been bothering me. It is this KillaCycle – the electric zoom-fast motorcycle that I posted about previously. It clearly is super fast. However there are two claims that seem iffy. It can be recharged in 4 minutes. It is recharged by wind power. It may be possible that these…

Why is physics content so old?

I got a great question (several actually) from the students participating in the Adopt a Physicist program. The question went something like this (not a direct quote): Why is it that the stuff we study in physics class is 100 year old stuff? I am sure the students phrased this better than that, but you…

So, I am mowing the lawn. What to do better than thinking while I mow? Sometimes mowing is no fun. It is just a type of maintenance. How much of what we do is maintenance? I first thought about this when I was thinking about getting a new car. Wouldn’t it be great if you…

There are a couple of things I should probably not talk about. One of them is photons. But no matter what you think about photons you will probably agree that this is not a very good description of electromagnetic radiation. (from comos4kids.com) Structure of Energy:All EM energy waves travel at the speed of light when…