A word problem I’d actually enjoy working!

6 05 2013


The humor is a little formulaic…

18 03 2013


Batman Physics

22 01 2013

batman physics

Why Science teachers aren’t allowed to monitor recess…

16 01 2013


Never trust an atom.

9 01 2013


Planetary Ornaments!

14 12 2012

These are awesome, but I don’t know the source. They’d make a great gift for an astronomy nerd!

– dEV

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Edutopia: Twenty of the Worst Science Jokes Ever

2 12 2012

Twenty of the Worst Science Jokes Ever

Edutopia LogoQuite a few years ago, the news was ablaze with reports of an asteroid that was going to pass between the Earth and the Moon. Although more precise calculations showed that the path was not going to be that close, the “near miss” was still the talk of the day in my ninth grade physical science class. It was a great day — students were peppering me with questions about asteroids and the solar system. Eventually, one of my students asked about what a large asteroid impact would do to our Moon. I jokingly responded that instead of having on Full Moon, we would have two halves. Most of the students groaned, but I could tell that one of my brighter students was deep in thought. Eventually she asked, “But if the Moon was destroyed, how would we have nighttime?” Very quickly, she realized the flaw in her thinking and yelled out, “Just kidding!”

As the son of two teachers, I learned at an early age that humor — or at least attempts at humor — are a staple of good science teaching. In fact, for years my dad told this joke to his students, “How do you tell a boy chromosome from a girl chromosome?” (Answer: Pull down their genes).

What better way to celebrate the beginning of a new school year and the 20th anniversary of Edutopia than by sharing a list of 20 bad science jokes!

Teacher: Can you name the three kinds of blood vessels?
Student: Yes. Arteries, veins and caterpillars.

Teacher: What did you find interesting about an octopus?
Student: They have 8 testicles.

Teacher: What is the definition of hydrophobic?
Student: Fear of utility bills.

Q: What is the only known thing to travel faster than the speed of light?
A: A Chuck Norris roundhouse kick.

Q: What is the name of the first electricity detective?
A: Sherlock Ohms.

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NBC News: Comics go beyond the Higgs boson

10 09 2012

By Alan Boyle

If only there were a graphic novel that could guide you around the frontiers of physics! We mused over that possibility on “Virtually Speaking Science” just a couple of nights ago, during a discussion of what lies beyond the Higgs boson — totally unaware that PHD Comics’ Jorge Cham had just put out a video graphic novel addressing that very topic.

Cham’s latest animation draws upon the expertise of Daniel Whiteson and Jonathan Feng, physicists at the University of California at Irvine, to explain how the discovery of a new “Higgs-like” particle at Europe’s Large Hadron Collider is only the first of many blockbuster discoveries expected from the $10 billion facility over the next few decades.

One of the most way-out possibilities is that the LHC could pick up the signs of extra spatial dimensions beyond the three we know and love. Like the Higgs boson, which is thought to play a role in endowing other particles with mass, the existence of extra dimensions is suggested by some of the questions still outstanding in physics — for example, why is gravity so much weaker than the other fundamental forces of nature? But the evidence to back up that suggestion is devilishly difficult to come up with.

Cham literally sketches the outlines of the mystery in his animation, and graphically shows why the LHC is way bigger than the Higgs.

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FAILBlog: Escape is not an option.

30 07 2012

FAILBlog: Gravity is a harsh mistress.

22 07 2012