The name may not ring a bell, but his xkcd does. Randall Munroe gave a TED Talk earlier this year that starts with a realistic look at a baseball moving at 90% the speed of light, and ends with a wonderful explanation how the love of math is a good thing. The talk springs out of Munroe’s must read What… Read more →
It’s not suspended animation for space travel, it’s not cryonic preservation/resuscitation, and it’s not like that Captain America guy on ice, but the trials of the EPR-CAT (Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation for Cardiac Arrest from Trauma) study that began this month at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is certainly a step towards the science fiction outcomes we all know and… Read more →
As we’re slowly getting things up and running here at The Science Of…, we wanted to give a look at what we plan to offer in terms of educational materials. This time – an anticipation guide for our article Of Spider-Man’s Electro and Electric Eels. If you’re not familiar with anticipation guides, they’re for the education side of our mission… Read more →
It’s not like the previews are keeping it a secret – Max Dillion, a.k.a. Electro in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets his electrical powers from falling into a tank filled with electric eels at Oscorp’s Labs. Well, at least in part… Watch at around 1:14 below for a little more.
Over at From Quarks to Quasars, they take a look at the possibility of a Star Trek-style wormhole existing in reality, opening one of our favorite cans of…er, worms. If it sounds like FQTQ is taking the existence of wormholes in reality as a given, well, yeah. While they’re a staple in fiction, wormholes exist by the math of General Relativity,… Read more →
Whenever big movies come out, there are tie in merchandising of all varieties – Hardees/Carl Jr’s and X-Men: Days of Future Past; Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Harley Davidson are two examples I caught this week. But there are also unintended boosts that a movie, if popular enough, can provide. For instance – sales of archery supplies and The… Read more →
As the other half of the duo here at The Science Of… , it’s my job to translate the pop culture science stories into effective ways of using them in the classroom with a high level of learner engagement. I’ve either taught or done science for 25 years and will complete a Ph.D in science education by the end of… Read more →
Be warned – the opening of Paul Zehr’s article over at Scientific American has a slight spoiler for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, so…there’s that. The rest of the article though, explains how freezing someone – while still not very good for us normal humans – is okay (apparently) for Super Soldiers, oh, and it’s okay for the wood frog, Rana sylvatica…. Read more →