Daily Archives: May 3, 2012

Why Physicists Need Philosophers

There’s a spat brewing between some theoretical physicists and philosophers of science recently, and NPR’s Adam Frank has all the details. It started when one philosopher of science, David Albert, questioned the notion that the universe came “from nothing,” as … Continue reading

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Surprising ecological effects of earthquake and tsunami revealed

The reappearance of long-forgotten habitats and the resurgence of species unseen for years may not be among the expected effects of a natural disaster. Yet that’s exactly what researchers have found on the sandy beaches of south central Chile, after … Continue reading

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Lasers Create Heads-up Display for Cars

Head-up displays — like the ones in fighter jets — are appearing in cars, and lasers may make them more common and useful. Microvision, a Redmond, Wash.-based company, is building a laser-based display that uses a red, green and blue … Continue reading

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Cairo Calendar shows Egyptians discovered binary Algol first

Algol, aka the Demon Star, is actually a binary star in the Perseus constellation, and has been the subject of speculation for hundreds of years. Now a group of Finnish researchers propose that the peculiar behavior of Algol was first … Continue reading

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