Our Summer Vacation 2016

December 5th, 2016

Andr├ę posted a set of photos from our trip to the US this summer:

Spicy Noodles on Flickr: USA Southwest 2016 – Four-Week Roadtrip through Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah.

Some of the highlights:

Physics can be broadly broken down into three parts

December 5th, 2016

Dominic Walliman: The Map of Physics. Direct link to the map itself.

Dominic Walliman is a physicist and science writer and the author of the Professor Astro Cat science books.

Some links via MetaFilter: (Includes the Chasm of Ignorance).

A Conversation with President Obama

December 2nd, 2016

Rolling Stone: The Day After: Obama on His Legacy, Trump’s Win and the Path Forward.

“In an interview conducted the day after the election, the commander in chief reflected on the stunning results and how he’ll spend his time post-White House.” By Jann S. Wenner. November 29th, 2016.

“And one of the things that I have been telling my younger staff, who in some cases have only known politics through my presidency, is history doesn’t travel in a straight line. And it zigs and it zags and sometimes you take two steps forward and then you take a step back.

[…]

There’s no benefit that’s derived from pulling into a fetal position. We go out there, and we work. And we slog through challenges, and over time things get better.”

Don’t try this at home

December 1st, 2016

Smarter Every Day: Handheld TESLA COIL GUN at 28,000fps.

Tesla Coils are a lot of fun, but I don’t recommend doing this at home unless you know what you’re doing. Very cool to watch in this video, though.

Schutz f├╝r 100 Jahre

November 30th, 2016

Deutsche Welle: Eine Schutzh├╝lle f├╝r den Sarkophag von Tschernobyl. “Sechs Jahre lang haben Ingenieure aus der ganzen Welt an einem Luft- und strahlungsdichten Mausoleum f├╝r den Sarkophag von Tschernobyl gebaut. Jetzt wird die H├╝lle dem havarierten Kraftwerksblock ├╝bergest├╝lpt.” Video dazu. (28.11.2016)

Siehe auch: Tschernobyl: Transport des Sarkophags hat begonnen. “Die Schutzh├╝lle f├╝r die Atomruine Tschernobyl gilt als Meisterwerk der Ingenieurskunst. Noch nie wurde ein 36.000 Tonnen schweres Bauwerk ├╝ber 330 Meter Entfernung bewegt. 100 Jahre soll es vor Strahlung sch├╝tzen.” (14.11.2016)