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In space, no one can hear your gyroscopes

December 22, 2009

In a thoroughly exciting/depressing (depending on your perspective) article, Joseph Shoer has written up his thoughts on the realities of space combat - and it's not all about dogfights and laser beams. Instead, it's about spherical warships firing physical projectiles from a variety of orbits. Need to change direction? Save your thrusters - you have a giant […]

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Nature abhors a Higgs

October 16, 2009

A few days ago, the NYT published a bizarre article which suggested - or rather, which discussed a paper that itself suggested - that the Large Hadron Collider was actually being sabotaged. By itself. From the future. (I promise you won't regret clicking that link. I've watched the video four times just writing this.) Confused, […]

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Damn the physicists, full speed ahead!

June 3, 2009

Banners for WWDC are starting to go up at Moscone West. The main banner reads, "One year later. Light years ahead." Never mind the implication that Apple travels faster than light (or has a Time Machine). The laws of physics can not contain Steve Jobs!

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Don't know much about calculus

May 28, 2009

Another excellent guest column by Steven Strogatz for the NYT Wild Side blog. The post delves into the mathematical beauty of the natural world, using love as a knowingly over-simplified metaphor. Although these examples are whimsical, the equations that arise in them are of the far-reaching kind known as differential equations. They represent the most […]

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