Physics

Boomerangs: Magic Sticks of Physics

The physics behind returning boomerangs literally may be the most difficult concept to understand in the entire body of science. Join Josh and Chuck as they try their absolute best to describe how boomerangs work - and maybe even pull it off!

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read tons of great articles, some of them really good. Here are the best of the bunch for your enjoyment.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Oh boy! Josh and Chuck have another list of the best articles they read this week, just for you and your spongy brain.

Some Interesting Things You Didn't Know About Stephen Hawking

Everybody knows that cosmologist Stephen Hawking has an enormous brain, but did you also know he has an equal wit? Learn about some of the lesser-known details about the celebrated physicist in this episode.

How does a diving bell work?

About 2,400 years ago Aristotle mentions the use of diving bells, apparatuses that convey divers to the bottom of the sea -- or at least below the surface of the water -- and allows them to breathe -- at least until the air runs out. Learn about the physics of this clever and ancient invention and how it's been used to sabotage enemy boats and build the Brooklyn Bridge.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

On any given week, Josh and Chuck read a lot of interesting articles. Read this post with links to the best articles they've read this week.

How Many Balloons Would It Take to Lift You Off The Ground, Answered

You ever wonder how many balloons it would take you to fly through the air. Josh has your answer in this video.

Adding to Growing Body of Blog Posts on Physics Paper on Crop Circles

University of Oregon physicist Richard Taylor must have woken up this morning knowing he'd make the science new cycle. Perhaps even the bona fide news cycle, where people like Pippa Middleton are discussed. Just yesterday, the gag was lifted on reporters publicly discussing Taylor's most recent paper on crop circles. The topic is guaranteed to make headlines, of course, which makes me just another pathetic lackey for the fat cat academia propaganda machine since I'm writing about it too.

Physicist Postulates Dimensions Added as Universe Expands

I remember many years ago in the mid-90s -- during the zenith of paranoia in the alien abduction phenomenon -- the whole affair being offhandedly dismissed by Car Sagan, I believe it was. Sagan (I think) mentioned that every description of aliens who were visiting Earth and carting off country folk for probing and the like all shared a suspicious similarity to humans. Despite the differences -- like communicating telepathically -- the alien abductors bore a real resemblance to people in that they had a roundish head atop a neck, a face that featured a mouth and eyes, used, ostensibly, to engage in sensing the world. They walked on two legs and were capable of and driven by malicious intent or callous indifference to the suffering of their captives. They were pretty much a rough sketch of how humanity saw itself.