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The best coverage of the science behind the apparent “bird-strike” cause of yesterday’s USAirways miracle on the Hudson can be found at Scientific American online: It basically comes down to the physics equation for kinetic energy: Energy is proportional to mass times velocity squared. The velocity of the aircraft allows for the impact of this…

Despite having to employ biophysical methods in my day job, I must admit my woeful understanding of physics as a discipline. I wasn’t like my high school grease monkey friends using torque wrenches on their cars with Springsteenonian dedication and my lowest grade in undergrad came in physics. For that reason, I rarely have the…

Well, you readers here really know how to draw attention to an issue. We’re not a high-traffic blog but those of you who read regularly are quite thoughtful, insightful, and, now, influential. Our little post the other day on the application of the ideal gas law in discussing the NPR/StoryCorps segment on the exploding bra…

PV=nRT and the Exploding Bra

If you didn’t catch NPR’s StoryCorps feature this week, you missed a charming doozy: As a young woman, Betty Jenkins received a gift from her mother that was meant to attract the attention of young men. But as Jenkins, who is now 94, tells her niece, the attention she got wasn’t the kind she was…