Awesome Fresh Prince Rap Themed Answer To Physics Homework!

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When you’re trying to find ways to keep yourself entertained whilst doing your physics homework, what better way than to answer the questions in the form of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air rap?

I can honestly say that it’s not something I ever thought of doing, but this kid’s Fresh Prince-themed explanation of Archimedes’ Principle might just be the best physics homework answer I’ve ever seen! Continue Reading

Stephen Hawking Says People Have Just 1,000 Years To Escape Our Fragile Planet!

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Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, 71, believes that people will become extinct within 1,000 years, if they do not find an alternative to our “fragile” planet.

Hawking made this ominous statement during a speech at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and called for mankind to pursue the further exploration of space in order to prevent the extinction of our species and secure our future. Continue Reading

The Science Of Love: Marriage Proposal Set Out Like Physics Paper!

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Redditor bogus_wheel and her boyfriend of 7 years are both physicists from Sydney Australia. So when boyfriend Brendan decided the time was right to pop the big question, he opted against a traditional method and drew up a marriage proposal in the form of a physics paper!! Continue Reading

New Research Suggests Neil deGrasse Tyson Was Wrong About Thor’s Hammer

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At the beginning of February, renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson started speculating about the weight of Thor’s legendary hammer Mjolnir. Tyson estimated that the infamous weapon weighed around the same as “a herd of 300 billion elephants” but now some new research has emerged that suggests he was wrong.

Suveen Mathaudhu, a program manager in the materials science division of the U.S. Army Research Office, adjunct materials science professor at NC State and comics aficionada says that Tyson made a critical mistake. Continue Reading

Snoring Physics Student Startles Lecture Hall!

Watch this Stony Brook University physics student startle all of his classmates and the lecturer when he dozes off mid-lecture and lets out a huge, roaring snore that echoes through the entire building!

As if that wasn’t bad enough, when the lecturer gently tried to wake him, he leapt to his feet in shock obviously experiencing some sort of lucid dream, or not having the faintest clue where he was.

We’ve all been there…That horrible feeling of fighting a losing battle to keep your eyelids open during a boring lecture or an incredibly early class. You would wake up in terror – quickly checking for drool or other embarrassing things that you might have done while you were out cold!

I often lost this battle in physics lessons myself – luckily my physics teacher was an understanding guy who had a sense of humor!

Minute Physics Creator Writes Open Letter To U.S President About The State Of Physics Education

Henry Reich, the mastermind behind Minute Physics has written a heartfelt, pleading letter about what he feels are fundamental problems with the way in which high school physics is taught in the U.S.

Reich bemoans that the curriculum focuses on the world of physics prior to 1865. You don’t have to be an astrophysicist to work out that a lot has happened in the physics world since that date. Reich goes on to point out all the incredibly important developments that have taken place since 1865 and the reasons why he believes that the curriculum desperately needs changing to incorporate them.

Reich’s letter is to the point whereas the Minute Physics video elaborates further on the problems with the system. He certainly makes a strong argument. Continue Reading

Physics In The Movies: The Elevator Scene In Total Recall From A Scientific Perspective

If you are one of those people who watch futuristic or sci-fi movies and wonder about whether they would work according to the principles of real life science then Wired Science Blogger Rhett Allain’s article about the new Total Recall movie will be right up your street.

He takes the elevator scene from the movie – the way in which people travel through the earth to one of the two remaining cities in the world of the future and gets seriously scientific with it. In the movie, people get weightless and float around at the mid-point of the elevators journey through the earth. Allain looks at the science behind this and also attempts to calculate just how long such a journey would take.

I’m not even going to attempt to understand the intense physics behind his article, but if you like to get all sciencey about your favorite movies then I suggest you take a peek.

What Happens When Cornstarch and Water Mix?

Physics professors Heinrich Jaeger, William J. Friedman, Alicia Townsend and recent graduate Scott Waitukaitis conduct experiments with a mixture of cornstarch and water in an attempt to shed new light on this longstanding problem in suspension science.

The report was published in the July 12 issue of Nature.

Physics – Batman’s Real Arch Nemesis

The Dark Knight has faced some damn right terrifying enemies in the past and more often than not, our caped crusader always figures out just how to defeat these criminal masterminds. Well, it turns out that he might not be able to take on this new enemy, which comes in the strange guise of some physics students! These students are trying to tell us that in actual fact the mythical batcape that allows our hero to soar around Gotham City is more likely to make him hit the ground Ker-Splat than anything else! How dare these mortal beings attempt to demystify our superhero!

All joking aside, four physics students have undertaken a study that shows that whilst Batman’s cape would allow him to glide off of tall buildings, he would have a bit of a problem when it came to slowing down and stopping. Meaning that instead of just landing gracefully on his feet after soaring down hundreds of feet, the velocity would carry him into the ground so fast – it’s likely he would become batjam on toast, in messy, little, splattered superhero pieces lying pulverized on the ground! Continue Reading

Fundamental Physics Laws Demonstrated Using Sheep And Canada

Buying and selling sheep in Canada might seem like a strange analogy to use when trying to explain some of the fundamental laws of physics, but somehow Minute Physics seems to make it happen. It has been a very long time since I’ve thought about physics, so when I saw this clip featured on Gizmodo, I decided to give it a go!

Whilst this short clip was much more interesting and informative than a lot of the physics lessons I had to sit through at school, unfortunately it did remind me how much I hated the subject. I found myself going into the same sort of glazed trance as I used to when I was teenager, longing for my science lessons to end and my art and English lessons to begin! Honestly I spent most of the clip watching him draw the pretty pictures rather than taking in any of the information!

However, in saying that, the Minute Physics clips are a really useful tool if delving into the physics laws and really trying to grasp them is on your agenda. His explanations are clear and concise and he uses examples that everyone (except me – it seems) can easily conceptualize.