Archive | October, 2012

The Quantum Physics of Harry Potter [VIDEO] explained by Krister Shalm, the Dancing Physicist

11 Oct

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I actually know Krister in person – through the Banff Science Communications Program. Krister is awesome – he is a physicist, he dances (lindy hop), and he writes on his blog “The Dancing Physicist”.

Note: A newer version of the talk can be found on Krister’s blog

“The universe of Harry Potter is filled with magic and wonder. Yet it is not that different from the world we inhabit.”

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Check out the report card of Nobel Prize Winner Sir. John Gurdon: Gurdon Institute | Professor Sir John Gurdon: the infamous report card…

11 Oct

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The Wellcome trust and Cancer Research UK Gurdon Institute, Developmental Biology and Cancer Biology at the University of Cambridge, UK…

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See “inside” your fruits and vegetables with MRI | Inside Insides

4 Oct

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I never pay much attention to the cucumber or the garlic that I chop up to make dinner (I DID pay attention to make sure I don’t accidentally chop up my fingers – that’s important). However, images from Andy Ellison, an MRI technologist at Boston University Medical School, make me wonder why I haven’t done so. Andy took amazing MRI images of daily fruits, vegetables, and plants (the latest posts are done with cactus and lilies) and posted them on his blog. Moreover, his friends used his images and put together 3D interactive versions. His blog was even mentioned in the Science Magazine.

By the way, my favourite is the star fruit!

Note: This website reminds me of another project by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History

Note2: Thanks David Ng for sharing this on his blog

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Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012 | BBC News

3 Oct

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Part of my job as the Communications Coordinator for the Dept of Physics & Astronomy is to select cool photos and post them on the departmental website. And I often get really impressive photos from astronomers in the dept (actually some physicists in the dept are jealous, haha). Well, here are some truly amazing astronomy photos for the year of 2012, put together by BBC News.

When you watch the video, make sure to click on the “caption” option (lower right of the screen) to see more info about the photos.

And, if you are really a huge fan of astronomy photos, check out the Astronomy Photo of the Day website (

“From the starry night sky, to the Milky Way, and out into deep space – stunning images from across the cosmos.”

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Möbius strip music box

2 Oct

Vi Hart’s video on hexaflexagon was featured on io9 yesterday:

(by the way, I was just told of the Flexagon Creator site: – instructions on how to print and make your own flexagon)

After seeing this video I ended up visiting her YouTube channel, full of awesome videos re: math and geometric shapes. What really blew my mind was the Möbius strip music box. A Möbius strip is essentially a band that has only one surface: If you take a strip of paper and then tape it end to end, what you have is a ring with two surfaces (inside and outside). But, if you turn one of the ends before taping them, you end up with the Möbius strip that has only one surface – there is no inside or outside anymore! And using this, you can actually keep playing the notes on the Möbius strip in the music box – they are all on the same “side”.

If you want to make your own Möbius strip music box, you can get the music box kit here.

Anyways, here are just two examples of how awesome her videos are. I am very impressed. Highly recommend that you subscribe to her channel.

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