Watts Up With That? | The world’s most viewed site on global warming and climate change
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web.mit.edu: A VISUAL TOUR OF CLASSICAL ELECTROMAGNETISM
Produced by The TEAL/Studio Physics Project Massachusetts Institute of Technology For The MIT Course Physics 8.02: Electromagnetism I
Supported by The d’Arbeloff Fund for Excellence in MIT Education The MIT/Microsoft iCampus Alliance The National Science Foundation The Helena Foundation The MIT Classes of 1951, 1955 and 1960
Open Exoplanet Catalogue
The Open Exoplanet Catalogue is a catalogue of all discovered extra-solar planets. It is a new kind of astronomical database, based on small text files and a distributed version control system. It is decentralized and completely open. Contribution and corrections are welcome. The Open Exoplanet Catalogue is furthermore the only catalogue that can correctly represent the orbital structure of planets in arbitrary binary, triple and quadruple star systems as well as orphan planets.
Text::Scigen – Generate convincing-looking scientific articles
mit.edu: SCIgen – An Automatic CS Paper Generator
SCIgen is a program that generates random Computer Science research papers, including graphs, figures, and citations. It uses a hand-written context-free grammar to form all elements of the papers. Our aim here is to maximize amusement, rather than coherence. One useful purpose for such a program is to auto-generate submissions to conferences that you suspect might have very low submission standards. A prime example, which you may recognize from spam in your inbox, is SCI/IIIS and its dozens of co-located conferences (check out the very broad conference description on the WMSCI 2005 website). There’s also a list of known bogus conferences. Using SCIgen to generate submissions for conferences like this gives us pleasure to no end. In fact, one of our papers was accepted to SCI 2005! See Examples for more details.
news.ku.dk: Research funding has become prone to bubble formation
SCIENCE BUBBLES Fashions in research funding, reward structures in universities and streamlining of scientific agendas undermine traditional academic norms and may result in science bubbles. Research from the University of Copenhagen, which has just been published in the journal Philosophy and Technology, shows how the mechanisms that set off the financial crisis might be replicating in the field of science. In finance, the first condition for a bubble occurs when too much liquidity is concentrated on too few assets. The second is the presence of speculators. In science, similarly, if too much research funding is focused on too few research topics, and all researchers speculate in the same fashionable scientific templates to attract funding, a potential science bubble may be forming
Blog: Nothing in biology makes sense!
Whether the weather be cold, or whether the weather be hot we’ll be adapted whatever the weather, whether you like it or not. Life is risky for a newly hatched lizard. You have to make your way in a habitat you’ve never seen before, full of all sorts of larger animals that think you’d make a decent snack, if maybe not a full meal. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could’ve been preparing for the conditions you’ll meet out there even before you crack through that shell? Well, for one species of skinks, it looks like this may be exactly what happens. A recent paper in The American Naturalist makes the case that rainbow skinks (Carlia longipes) develop in their eggs to match the habitat conditions around their nest—based on the temperature of the nest. The paper’s authors, Brett Goodman, Lin Schwarzkopf, and Andrew K. Krockenberger, collected pregnant female skinks from a field site where forest met rocky outcrops. Skinks are found in both habitats, but the authors determined that skink nests
Periodic Table | Minute Physics
Hopefully you noticed the big temperature control at the top of the page. You can use it to see how elements behave at different temperatures. You can see either magnetic properties or states of matter by changing the title (in the top left) between “Magnetism” and “States”. There are also other settings you can access by clicking on the settings icon ( ).
Thanks to Periodic Videos, you can click on any of the elements to see an awesomely informative video about that element!
Magnetic Phase Transitions
As Henry explained in his video, matter can take on one of five magnetic states: Ferromagnetic, Antiferromagnetic, Paramagnetic, Diamagnetic, or Ferrimagnetic (we’re going to ignore that last one for now).
Some elements can change between ferromagnetic, antiferromagnetic, and paramagnetic by heating or cooling them. This is a lot like elements transition between solid, liquid, and gas. This “melting” of magnetic states generally happens in this order: ferromagnetic, antiferromagnetic, paramagnetic.
The ferromagnetic “melting” temperature is called the Curie Temperature (Tc), and the antiferromagnetic “melting” temperature is called the Néel temperature (Tn). Sometimes elements may change right from ferromagnetic to paramagnetic, others transition between all three, and others never become ferromagnetic or antiferromagnetic at all!
ssd.jpl.nasa.gov: JPL Solar System Dynamics
JPL Solar System Dynamics Welcome to the JPL solar system dynamics web site. This site provides information related to the orbits, physical characteristics, and discovery circumstances for most known natural bodies in orbit around our sun.
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STRaND-1: Smartphone nanosatellite Space researchers at the University of Surrey’s Surrey Space Centre (SSC) and SSTL have developed STRaND-1, a CubeSat containing a smartphone payload that will be launched into orbit around the Earth in 2013.