Happy Higgs Boson Day!

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A tachyon walks into a bar. The bartender says “Hey buddy, not so fast.” Happy 4th of July, everybody!  I celebrated today along with the rest of America: by hanging out with friends, throwing some meat on the grill, and discussing the breaking (and long-awaited) discovery of a Higgs Boson... Read more »

Engineer Guy vs. The Atomic Bomb

Engineer Guy vs The Atomic Bomb

One of the great treats of my chemistry education at UT-Austin was having the original gaseous diffusion process for enriching uranium explained to me by a man who worked on the Manhattan Project to implement it, the late great Dr. Norman Hackerman. Bill treats it just as well, and goes... Read more »

Cool Superhydrophobic Surface Demos

Superhydrophobic finger in water

A finger rubbed in superhydrophobic aerogels and submerged in water takes on a decidedly T-1000-esque appearance. And a droplet of water on a piece of paper treated with the same substance behaves more like a drop of mercury on a piece of glass. Definitely worth a click and a few... Read more »