logru712
at 12:02 PM Jan 26 2015
Science // 

News reports say that 11 of the 12 game balls used by the New England Patriots in their AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts were deflated, showing about 2 pounds per square inch (psi) less pressure than the 13 psi required by the rules, so it seems that the most bizarre sports scandal of recent memory is real. But there are still plenty of questions: why would a team deflate footballs? Could there be another explanation? And most importantly, what does physics tell us about all this?

Lydia Ramsey
at 12:02 PM Jan 26 2015
Science // 

Light passes through air at about 299,000,000 meters per second, an accepted constant that hasn't been challenged—until now. By manipulating a single particle of light as it passed through free space, researchers have found a way to slow down the speed of light through air.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 12:01 PM Jan 26 2015
Science // 

It has often been said that you can't unscramble an egg. But you might be able to unboil one.

rboyle
at 09:52 AM Jan 23 2015
Nature // 

When the guy in the cubicle next to you microwaves his tikka masala or tears open a bag of chips, your nose and ears perk up — food. Your senses trigger your brain to, maybe, head for the break room searching for a snack of your own, or even steal some of his chips. (Or maybe you just get annoyed and tell him to eat elsewhere.)

sarahfecht
at 09:52 AM Jan 23 2015

The havoc that Ebola is wreaking in West Africa cannot be understated. With a total of 21,200 people infected since March 2014, the disease is shredding the social fabric of Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, leaving 8,400 dead. People live in fear, afraid to shake others' hands. Survivors are shunned, and those suspected of carrying the disease are being physically assaulted in some regions. Schools are closed, and economies have been ravaged.

sarahfecht
at 09:52 AM Jan 23 2015
Nature // 

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology likes to spy on birds, and we're okay with that. In fact, it's kind of awesome, because we get to spy on them too.

logru712
at 09:52 AM Jan 23 2015
Science // 

In a multitude of books, TV shows, and films dedicated to post-apocalyptic fiction, humanity loves to fantasize about its ultimate demise. But back in the real world, the actual apocalypse may be a little bit closer than we all would like to admit.

 
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