Archive for June, 2012

My favourite physicist…

Friday, June 8th, 2012

… who actually worked on the Manhattan Project in New Mexico during WW2:

MetaFilter: The FBI has a “Do Not Contact” List?

The Feynman Files. “For the first time, FBI records for Dr Richard Feynman have been released to the public. They document the Bureau’s apparent obsession in the 1950’s with outing him as a communist sympathizer, and include notations from several background checks as well as interviews with his colleagues, friends and acquaintances.”

Not the one in New Mexico…

Friday, June 8th, 2012

… this is a different Manhattan Project:

“This time-lapse production has been a wild and exhilarating ride, with a lot of physical work lugging my 120-130 pounds of gear around all of Manhattan.”

Link via Garret.

Oh, to do physics experiments in space

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Sometimes I wish that you could switch of gravity for some experiments, especially during some lessons at school. I’m sure my students and I would have as much fun as Don Pettit (his weblog is Letters to Earth) who uses his spare time on the ISS to do some fun experiments. I especially enjoyed watching Thin Film Physics, Goo! and of course the vacuum cleaner hose turned into didgeridoo.

By the way, his time lapse from space is also pretty neat.

Links via MetaFilter: Physics Demos that are OUt of this World, Earth from Day to Night.