August 18th, 2017

Fifteen years, baby!

Solar eclipse in the US

August 17th, 2017

npr speachial series skunk bear: 5 Safe Ways To View The Eclipse. (YouTube, 3min)

“Watching an eclipse? Save your eyeballs – rig up a sweet viewing set-up with some help from this video.

Read more about safe eclipse viewing from npr here.”

Although the aircraft itself does not break the sound barrier, some of the air rushing around the curves of its wings goes supersonic.

August 16th, 2017

The New York Times: Cathleen Morawetz, Mathematician With Real-World Impact, Dies at 94.

“Cathleen S. Morawetz, a mathematician whose theorems often found use in solving real-world engineering problems, died on Tuesday at her home in Manhattan. She was 94.

Her death was reported by New York University, where she had been a professor.

Much of Dr. Morawetz’s research centered on equations that describe the motion of fluids and waves — in water, sound, light and vibrating solids. One of her first notable papers helped explain the flow of air around airplanes flying close to the speed of sound.”

“People lined up for the polio shot like it was an iPhone!”

August 15th, 2017

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Vaccines. (YouTube, 27:14 min)

“The benefits of vaccines far outweigh the minuscule risks, but some parents still question their safety. John Oliver discusses why some people may still feel uncertainty about childhood vaccinations.”

It’s not rocket science

August 14th, 2017

viascience: Quantum Mechanics (YouTube). The goal of this series of 31 videos is explaining quantum mechanics on a level between popular science without math and a university course.