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I’ve decided it’s time to consolidate my blogs into one magnificent blog! Seriously, you’ll find posts about general science at this new url, along with all of the existing posts, and posts about other topics as well. How can you find the general science posts? Just click on the science topic of interest in the Categories list in the sidebar. I hope to see you there!

Quantum Perspective

Here’s an excellent overview of the history of Quantum Mechanics that puts it all into perspective.

<div style=”margin-bottom:5px”> <strong> <a href=”; title=”History of Quantum Mechanics” target=”_blank”>History of Quantum Mechanics</a> </strong> from <strong><a href=”; target=”_blank”>Chad Orzel</a></strong> </div>

KidSci: Seasons


Try this interactive activity from Scientific American to see how the seasons work!


Source: Scientific American Science Buddies

More seasonal stuff:
Why is Summer Hot?
Summer in the US – Winter in Australia

What is the Higgs Boson

I’m nearly done with a book on Quantum Mechanics for a series at Rosen Publishing. Once it’s off to my editor, I’ll be back to blog. In the meantime, here’s an excellent explanation of the Higgs Boson from no less than Peter Higgs himself. Enjoy!

Innovation: Zipper

Two people set out to solve a simple problem for someone they love. They wound up revolutionizing the–Zipper. Yes, the zipper. Bane to preschoolers, those with arthritis, and those who have taken a serious tumble in the snow or mud. Check out this video–the real action starts at about 1.30 in. You’ll see what I mean when I say that there is nothing too small to deserve our best thinking!

Virtual Sunrise in Beijing


There’s something fundamentally frightening about a city creating a virtual sunrise because the smog is so intense they cannot see the sun. That was the situation in Beijing’s Tianamen Square on Thursday as reported by CBS.

I’ve posted about the pollution in Harbin and Beijing several times. The main problem is that China uses coal as fuel for municipal heating. Other sources of pollution are also present. The levels reported exceed those in Manhattan – an admittedly urban and crowded place.  Continue reading

Non-Newtonian Fluids

Check out more about Non-Newtonian fluids at Fluids in Motion

Happy New Year


Weird Physics

In this video, Professor Al-Khalili shares his top 5 weird physics facts.


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