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Physicists become physicists because they want to solve big problems. Those problems involve the mysteries of time and the universe, as well as curing cancer and creating eco-friendly fuels. “It's like being in an intelligence competition against Nature," one physicist told me. The desire to win that competition pushes physicists into many years of schooling, ending with a position in academia. Physicists expect to do groundbreaking research and publish findings while teaching. But the Read more...


Best Kid-Explained Physics Concepts

Science isn’t just for scientists - it’s for everyone, including kids. Sometimes those kids use science to create solutions scientists would never expect, like this 9-year-old girl who wants to keep astronauts healthy by creating a dinosaur treadmill game. They often explain it simply, too.  These are some of the best explanations of physics concepts by kids that we’ve found on the web. NOTE: Due to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), it is Read more...


Sensory Physics: Making Science Hands-On for Everyone

Physics can be taught in many creative ways. Music can be used to demonstrate sound waves, painting can model the visible color spectrum, dropping pumpkins can show how parabolic trajectory works, while riding roller coasters can illustrate characteristics of potential and kinetic energy (my personal favorite -- thanks, Mr. Doney!). Physics can be taught in almost any way. Not only do these creative methods make physics applicable in real-world settings, but they also tailor the core concepts Read more...


How to Think Like a Physicist (and Win at Life)

Did you know that physics teaches you how to think? More than complex equations and mountains of data, physics is really a workout for your brain. In the same way that brain training games like Sudoku and those created by Lumosity hone your critical thinking skills, physics uses higher-level math and problem sets to do the same. Better yet, says physicist Dr. Deborah Berebichez, critical thinking skills serve you well in all decision-related areas of your life, from grocery shopping to Read more...


7 Pioneers of Science Communication

Science is a tricky thing to explain to the general public. The concepts get bogged down in technical details and theory, and the takeaways are difficult to summarize in bite-sized nuggets -- meaning, it’s hard to make non-scientists care about science because it’s almost un-tweetable. Thankfully, there are science communicators out there who are making it work. The most famous was Carl Sagan, an enormously influential science advocate. In honor of his birthday on November 9, we Read more...


By Nicole Darman Category : Learning

Particle Primer: A Crash Course In Particle Physics

Credit: adapted from Thomas McCauley and Lucas Taylor/CMS Collection/CERN. Bosons And Leptons And Quarks, Oh My! Particle physics is a hot topic right now. From the Higgs to pentaquarks, particle physics seems to be constantly in the news. But for those who haven’t had the pleasure of studying physics beyond high school, these particles may seem abstract or even made-up. But there is no need to hit the books to make head or tail of them; this article will give you a crash Read more...

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