The Ocean Is Crowded With Tiny Little Bits Of Plastic

The ocean is full of plastic. Not big pieces of plastic, as you've probably heard, but tiny bits of plastic. Microplastic. Plastic that hasn't decomposed, but broken down into small pieces that are incredibly durable. We've found this stuff throughout the world's oceans, at every depth. What kind of environmental… » 5/11/14 9:47am 5/11/14 9:47am

Here's what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object

Here's an idea! Let's get reeaaaal pedantic about what it means for an object to be truly "immovable" (i.e. "un-accelerateable") and a force to actually be unstoppable (spoiler: all forces are unstoppable) and use the thought experiment to answer one of the oldest, most ancient questions to ever come up ever. Turns… » 1/25/13 12:20pm 1/25/13 12:20pm

An Open Letter to the President: US physics education is crap. Let's…

Henry Reich — creator, illustrator and narrator of Minute Physics — has a message for the President. America's educational standards for physics, he argues, provide a surprisingly dated and incomplete introduction to the world of physics. A lot has happened in the field since 1865; shouldn't some basic knowledge of… » 11/14/12 2:00pm 11/14/12 2:00pm

How do we know for sure that we live in three dimensions?

Sure, our surroundings certainly appear to exist in three dimensions, but any good Cartesian will tell you that the appearance of a material object alone is insufficient evidence of its true nature. So how do we go about proving that we aren't, in fact, deluded inhabitants of Abott's two-dimensional Flatland, or… » 9/06/11 8:00am 9/06/11 8:00am