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Frontiers - Nature
Brig Williams and team close in on the mysterious “God particle.”Mark Wolverton
One day this past December, physicist Brig Williams was waiting to hear whether he and his colleagues had helped make history.
Arjun Yodh and Andrea Liu tame the disordered solid.Blake Cole
The lazy melody of a wind chime; the roar of a gong; the chirp of a bell—what do these sounds all have in common? Each is produced by the organized vibrations of atoms in an ordered solid, also known as a crystal. While all solids contain flaws, defects in crystals manifest in easily recognizable patterns.
Senior Shirley Leung documents the consequences of soil erosion.Blake Cole
We often attribute water pollution to trash or gasoline, waste that is irresponsibly discarded into natural habitats. Indeed this is a serious issue, but ironically enough, some of the decline in water quality can be pinned on nature itself—but that doesn’t mean humans get a pass.
Ivan Dmochowski and David Jacobson peer into radon’s binding preferences.Blake Cole
It often hides in your basement and is most likely to strike while you’re asleep. This isn’t your ordinary assailant lurking in the dark, however—this is radon: a deadly, odorless, tasteless, colorless gas bred from the decay of radioactive materials. How then do you go about conducting research on such a deadly element?
The Cosmic Tenors bring physics to a lecture hall near you.Blake Cole
You might expect singing when attending an event featuring the Cosmic Tenors. But that would be trite—after all, who has time for singing when you’re discussing the teleportation devices from Star Trek? It’s just one of the many questions the Tenors, a trio of physicists, have fielded during their far-reaching lectures.
Ted Abel investigates sleep deprivation’s effect on cognition.Blake Cole
The next time you choose to pull an all-nighter, cramming for a test or preparing for a work presentation, think again—you’re likely damaging the exact neurological systems you hope to utilize for success. The negative effect of a lack of sleep on cognitive abilities like memory may not seem like news. In fact, it is anecdotally taught to us from a very young age.
John Trueswell and Lila Gleitman use adults to mimic the language-learning process in infants.Blake Cole
Parents, you might want to go easy on the flashcards.
Video: Joshua Warren exposes the inner workings of sleep apnea.Blake Cole
We all struggle to get our 8 hours. Whether it’s that last-minute work project, a test you’re cramming for, or a newborn, there are a myriad of roadblocks to a good night’s sleep.
Angela Lee Duckworth explores motivation and self-control's impact on education.Blake Cole
Gone are the days of using careful pen strokes to change “Ds” to “Bs” on report cards. Students now have access to far more advanced technology—Photoshop for instance, can work wonders. But what if all the effort that went into dodging academic accountability could instead be channeled into a hunger for learning?
Larry Rome and John MacDermott introduce students to cutting-edge motion analysis technology. Three biomechanics students share their eye-opening videos below.Blake Cole
When the Matrix was first released, the slow motion shots of Neo, the hero, leaping mid-air through fields of bullets, quickly became iconic. Imagine having access to a camera, in class nonetheless, that could slow time to a fraction of those shots.
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