Museum of Science and Industry


Heads up, science lovers: after decades of struggle, the world’s first practical maser has been built! What’s a maser, you ask? It’s like a laser, except instead of light, it produces a coherent beam of microwaves! Aaaah!

Masers have been around for over 50 years, but they needed special conditions (such as extreme cold) to work. Even then, the old masers still did not produce much...

The Physics of Cats

September 10, 2012

Ever wonder how cats always find a way to land on their feet? Well, Alabama engineer and web science host Destin (who withholds his surname for his children's privacy) decided he’d find out for himself, asking scientific questions that physicists, engineers, and biologists...

As you may remember from such films as Batman Begins, the Dark Knight uses his trademark cape to glide from rooftops down to street level, where he lands gently and commences bustin’ heads. A new paper, entitled “Trajectory of a falling Batman,” describes what would happen if Batman were to try this maneuver in real life.

According to the study, Batman would only be able to slow his velocity to somewhere...

Big news from the subatomic world was released this week. Scientists at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva announced evidence of a new particle thought to be the long-sought Higgs boson.

Since the realm of subatomic particles is not one most people are familiar...

Turns out that studying physics can do more than make you super-smart; it can also get you out of a ticket! University of California physicist Dmitri Krioukov was written a ticket for not properly stopping at a stop sign in California. In order to fight the citation, he wrote a paper.

In four pages of graphs and formulas, The Proof of Innocence asserts that the police...


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