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Professor Debate on the Topic - Do We Live In a Simulation?

Do we live in a simulation? The School of Physics and the Society of Physics Students will host a public debate between faculty from the College of Science and the College of Computing to answer…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on November 20th, 2019 17 plays 0  

John Wise, Gongjie Li - Cosmology and Exoplanets: Unpacking the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics

Cosmology studies the universe at the largest scales, applying the laws of physics over billions of light years and all the way back to the universe's infancy. In dozens of groundbreaking…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on November 7th, 2019 9 plays 0  

David Hu - Cube-Shaped Poo and Georgia Tech's Second Ig Nobel Prize

How does a wombat produce cube-shaped feces? How long does it take an elephant to urinate? Answering these two questions have landed David Hu two Ig Nobel Prizes, awards given at Harvard University…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 25th, 2019 3 plays 0  

John Preskill - Quantum Computing and the Entanglement Frontier

The quantum laws governing atoms and other tiny objects seem to defy common sense, and information encoded in quantum systems has weird properties that baffle our feeble human minds. John Preskill…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on April 24th, 2019 23 plays 0  

Konstantin Batygin - Planet Nine From Outer Space

At the outskirts of the solar system, beyond the orbit of Neptune, lies an expansive field of icy debris known as the Kuiper belt. The orbits of the individual asteroid-like bodies within the Kuiper…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on April 16th, 2019 7 plays 0  

John Baez - Mathematical Mysteries of the Periodic Table

Why do atoms behave the way they do? Why do electrons form “shells,” as seen in the periodic table? Why does the first shell hold 2 electrons, the second 8, and the third 18: twice the…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on April 15th, 2019 11 plays 0  

Michael Lemonick - How a Failed Astrophysics Major Became a Successful Science Writer

I knew from the time I was a very young child that I wanted to be an astronomer. The dream lasted until I got to college, where I learned to my dismay that I actually had no passion for doing what an…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on March 18th, 2019 9 plays 0  

Zeb Rocklin - The Science of Origami

What kinds of shapes can you make by folding a sheet of paper? How strong can you make them, or how flexible? Although we've been folding paper for centuries, we're still discovering…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on February 28th, 2019 18 plays 0  

How the Universe Made the Elements in the Periodic Table - James Sowell

The creation of the elements in the universe took billions of years and required various processes.The first few minutes of the big bang produced only hydrogen (H) and helium (He). No new elements…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on February 13th, 2019 39 plays 0  

Michael F. Schatz - Forecasting Turbulence

Fluid turbulence is one of the greatest unsolved problems of classical physics (and the subject of a million dollar mathematical (Millenium) challenge). Centuries of research--including Leonardo da…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on December 3rd, 2018 9 plays 0  

Jennifer Curtis, Chandra Raman, Rick Trebino - Celebration of 2018 Physics Nobel Prize: Lighting the way with microscopic tractor beams and sculpted laser pulse

The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics recognizes two breakthrough inventions in laser physics. The first, optical tweezers, allows scientist and engineers to use lasers like the tractor beams of Star Trek…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on November 7th, 2018 12 plays 0  

Elisabetta Matsumoto - Non-Euclidean Virtual Reality

The 2016 confirmation of Einstein's prediction of gravitational waves has put the spotlight back on the importance of curvature for the physics of the universe. While the ability of mass to…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 25th, 2018 11 plays 0  

David B. Kieda - Ultra-high Resolution Astronomical imaging using quantum properties of light

Ever since the first astronomical telescope observations made by Galileo (1610), optical astronomy has developed increasingly sophisticated methods for exploring the universe using only the …

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 9th, 2018 12 plays 0  

Seth Shostak - When Will We Find E.T. and What Happens If We Do?

Are we alone in the universe? The scientific hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence is now well into its fifth decade, and we still haven’t discovered any cosmic company. Could all this mean…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 1st, 2018 18 plays 0  

Seth Shostak - SETI: Any Closer to a Discovery?

Are we alone in the universe? The scientific hunt for extraterrestrial intelligence is now well into its fifth decade, and we still haven’t discovered any cosmic company. Could all this mean…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on September 28th, 2018 8 plays 0  

The American Physical Society Report on the Status of LGBT People in Physics - Tim Atherton

In this talk, I’ll discuss climatic issues faced by LGBT people in Physics, informed by findings of the recent American Physical Society report on the status of LGBT people in Physics. This…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on May 10th, 2018 17 plays 0