I prefer to call it The Force — a particle that "surrounds us and penetrates us" binding the galaxy together — but Czech physicist Luboš Motl makes a good case as to why the Higgs boson should be called the God Particle.
The next time you're annoying people from afar with your laser pointer, you'll have a greater appreciation for its bright and focused beam after watching One Minute Physics break down the theoretical science behind how it works.
In physics, approximations are important. Developing a predictive model for how something will move/behave/react based on information from another object or scenario can provide a helpful frame of reference. To illustrate this point, the always excellent YouTube series MinutePhysics shows us how to weigh a million dollar bills without having a scale; a single bill, or the knowledge of how much a dollar weighs.
Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, but it's not all that useful as a gas. Two scientists say they've coaxed it to become a metal, which could be used in ways that would radically change our lives.
Nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, right? Wrong! I think. Honestly, all I'm positively sure of after watching this mind-bending One Minute Physics lesson is that I need to go point a laser at the moon asap.
Mustachioed UC Berkeley computer science professor John Kubiatowicz told the NY Times that your Kindle gets heavier when you add e-books. Don't worry, though, you won't feel it with your hand, or with any scale that we've ever created.
Want to have your brain blown for a few minutes today? Dip your head in some physics, and realize that there's no such thing as pink. Scientifically speaking, that is: it's just something our brain makes up.
You don't need to be a physicist, a PhD student, a geek, or even a member of the Insane Clown Posse to appreciate the awesome capabilities of superconductors and magnets as demonstrated in this video by Tel-Aviv University.
In the US, there's a persistent urban legend about pet lizards being flushed down the toilet, which then grow up to become angry, vengeful, sewer-dwelling alligators. This same legend was the inspiration for Eastman and Laird's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The lesson here is that cruelty to lizards is both detrimental to your health, and also incredibly lucrative.
Striding purposefully onto the App Store this past week is Slam Dunk King, a nifty little sports simulator with dreams of making it big. And thanks to the frankly ingenious deployment of a freemium model, it might just do exactly that. Just keep a careful eye on your wallet, because there's a strong chance you're going to get hustled.