My picks, 2015-20

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting.

  1. Your secret superpower
  2. Light as wave and particle!
  3. The LHC Experiments
  4. MMS Researcher Demonstrates Wire Experiment
  5. SIGGRAPH 2014 – Real-Time Live! Highlights
  6. Robert Downey Jr. Delivers a Real Bionic Arm
  7. Iconic Space Images Are Actually Black-and-White
  8. How to Reveal Subatomic Particles at Home
  9. Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

Your secret superpower

Physics World March 2015 issue

Features editor Louise Mayor gives you a simple demonstration of how you can see polarized light using a basic LCD screen. The science behind this phenomenon – known as Haidinger’s brush – is explained in this article on our website: Unveiling your secret superpower


Light as wave and particle!

École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Light is a wave and a particle, but no-one’s managed to see both at the same time…. until now!

The first ever snapshot of light as both wave and particle is taken by Fabrizio Carbone’s lab at EPFL (LUMES). The work is published in Nature Communications on 02 March 2015.

Full story: The first ever photograph of light as both a particle and wave


The LHC Experiments

Fermilab

The Large Hadron Collider or LHC is the world’s biggest particle accelerator, but it can only get particles moving very quickly. To make measurements, scientists must employ particle detectors. There are four big detectors at the LHC: ALICE, ATLAS, CMS, and LHCb. In this video, Fermilab’s Dr. Don Lincoln introduces us to these detectors and gives us an idea of each one’s capabilities.



MMS Researcher Demonstrates Wire Experiment

NASA Kennedy

A scientist working with NASA’s Magnetospheric MultiScale mission, or MMS, demonstrates on a small scale the interaction of magnetic fields.


SIGGRAPH 2014 – Real-Time Live! Highlights

ACM SIGGRAPH

This video features highlights of the SIGGRAPH 2014 Real-Time Live venue. A fast-paced, live show presenting some of the most innovative advances in the fields of real time rendering and interactive techniques.


Robert Downey Jr. Delivers a Real Bionic Arm

The Collective Project

Robert Downey Jr. and Albert Manero, a #CollectiveProject student who founded Limbitless, surprised a very special child with a new bionic 3D printed arm at no cost to the family.


Iconic Space Images Are Actually Black-and-White

National Geographic

The Hubble Space Telescope can take only black-and-white images. But by analyzing the wavelengths of light that different elements emit in space, this man turns dull pictures of our universe into the colorful masterpieces we’ve come to love.


How to Reveal Subatomic Particles at Home

Nova
See Subatomic Particles in Action With the Naked Eye

Here’s a way you can reveal subatomic particles that are shooting in front of your eyes all the time.


Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies

Siddhartha Mukherjee
http://news.columbia.edu/mukherjee

In the 1950s you would be confused about cancer because there wasn’t enough information,” says Siddhartha Mukherjee, an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. The book has now been adapted into a three-part PBS documentary.

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