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It’s Not an Impossible Fish Tank, It’s Just Physics

[embedded content] If you like fish tanks, you might like this neat trick that creates space for the fish to swim above the water level. Beyond being pretty cool, it provides a chance to examine to interesting physics concepts. How Can You Have Water Above the Water Level? The space I’m ...

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Falling Into the Wormhole Connecting Physics and Education

Before Helen Quinn was a famous theoretical physicist, she thought about becoming a teacher. Now, in the second act of her career, she has come full circle, helping to craft the Next Generation Science Standards, which have been adopted by 17 states plus the District of Columbia. But her path ...

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From Physics With Love: James Bond Cocktail Tricks

The old James Bond movie From Russia With Love features one of my favorite physics demos. Here is the non-spoiler version: 007  is being all cool and stuff and meeting with this dude in Turkey (I think it’s Turkey). The dude has someone bring coffee into the meeting, then Blam! Physics. The demo is ...

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Video: How Olympic Athletes Hack Their Sports With Physics

Besides being the birthplace of #Phelpsface, the Green Pool, and the mainstreamification of cupping, the 2016 Rio Olympic Games were also home—wonder of wonders!—to some incredible athletic feats. Though Simone Biles, Michael Phelps, and Usain Bolt’s performances seem to defy physics, we at WIRED did our best to explain the ...

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The Physics of Why Bouncy Castles Take Flight

Parties with bouncy castles are parties kids want to attend, but those air-filled playhouses have an unfortunate habit of taking flight. An empty one flew into power lines last week, and people are regularly hurt or even killed when castles become projectiles. One reason this happens is poor and uneven regulation. ...

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X-ray snapshot of butterfly wings reveals underlying physics of color

A team of physicists that visualized the internal nanostructure of an intact butterfly wing has discovered two physical attributes that make those structures so bright and colorful. “Over millions of years, butterflies have evolved sophisticated cellular mechanisms to grow brightly colored structures, normally for the purpose of camouflage as well ...

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