Gorgeous mirrored room with 250 colorful fluorescent tubes

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The UK's National Media Museum currently hosts a Festival of Light installation by Liz West. An Additive Mix fills the room with white light, teaching visitors about the concept of additive color.

Liz will be at the museum in person for free family talks on July 23.

Light Fantastic: Adventures in the Science of Light (via) Read the rest

Ant-Man, the Physics of Shrinking, and the Higgs Boson

It's simply a cross-interaction between the Higgs field and the Pym field!

WATCH: How to detect a secret nuclear test

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MinutePhysics created a simple explanation of the complicated task of detecting secret nuclear tests. There's a push underway to demand that the US and other countries legalize such inspections worldwide. Read the rest

Neal Stephenson's Seveneves: five thousand years of apocalypse and rebirth

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Neal Stephenson's no stranger to ambition, but his new novel Seveneves stretches to lengths (and heights) that beggar the imagination.

WATCH: Matchstick rockets in super slo-mo

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The Slow Mo Guys did a King of Random crossover episode, launching Grant's matchstick rockets recorded on their Phantom. Read the rest

WATCH: Mystery of dancing colored droplets solved

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Food coloring on sterile slides will spontaneously start interacting like living cells, and Stanford researchers have figured out how. Read the rest

First-ever photo of light behaving as a wave and particle

Nicholas writes, "Since Einstein's day, scientists have been trying to directly observe the wave- and particle- aspects of light at the same time. Now, scientists at a Swiss lab have succeeded in capturing the first-ever snapshot of this dual behavior." Read the rest

E=MC2 bowtie

Want to wear a bowtie, but afraid it won't be nerdy enough? The $25 Einstein bowtie is just the thing for you. (via Geeky Merch) Read the rest

Watch raindrops in slow-motion and learn where that familiar rain smell comes from

From MIT, a video about rain: “Using high-speed cameras, MIT researchers observed that when a raindrop hits a surface, it traps tiny air bubbles at the point of contact. As in a glass of champagne, the bubbles then shoot upward, ultimately bursting from the drop in a fizz of aerosols.”

“The researchers suspect that in natural environments, aerosols may carry aromatic elements, along with bacteria and viruses stored in soil. These aerosols may be released during light or moderate rainfall, and then spread via gusts of wind.” Read the rest

HOWTO cut paper snowflakes in the likeness of Nobel physics prizewinners

The physics journal Symmetry offers downloadable PDF templates to cut your own snowflakes in the likeness of Einstein, Marie Curie, and Schrödinger, to add some much-needed physics to your Xmas decor. Read the rest

Spacetime curvature placemats

AP Works's Trick Mat is a placemat that mimics spacetime curvature; no word on whether or how it can be purchased, alas (though you could probably make a pretty good disposable facsimile with an inkjet printer and some vector-art software). (via Super Punch) Read the rest

Dumping a huge bag of plastic balls onto an escalator

It's almost a perpetual motion machine, and is absolutely a source of infinite amusement! (via JWZ) Read the rest

Physics, or sorcery?

This table is being held up by the weight of the buckets that are resting on it! Read the rest

The Hobbit: could an arrow really kill a dragon?

It's a big arrow, granted, fired from ballista rather than bow. But it's also a hell of a big dragon. [Wired] Read the rest

Steven Gould's "Exo," a Jumper novel by way of Heinlein's "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel"

Steven Gould's 1993 YA novel Jumper was a spectacular success (even if the film "adaptation" stank on ice), and each of the (all-too-infrequent) sequels have raised both the stakes and the bar for a must-read series. But with Exo, published today, Gould takes his game into orbit -- literally.

XKCD's What If: "Dear Abby for Mad Scientists" in book form

The book-length version of Randall "XKCD" Munroe's brilliant What-If? column -- which features scientifically rigorous, utterly absurd answers to ridiculous hypotheticals -- has been on the bestseller lists since it was announced in March. Today, it hits shelves and: It. Is. A. <blink>Triumph</blink>.

Particle Clicker: meth-addictive supercollider sim

The game, which I found absolutely and delightfully addictive, was created in a weekend by a group of undergrads at the CERN Webfest. Read the rest

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