What Wikipedia Gets Right About Science (Live Science)

KnowledgeWhile Wikipedia has its share of detractors when it comes to accuracy, according to Live Science, with some caveats, it can actually be a pretty reliable source for scientists — both students and professionals alike.

 

A Century Later: The Relevance of Relativity (Scientific American)

Einstein’s theory of relativity is already 100 years old, but physicists still have plenty to say about it. This beautiful visualization from Scientific American of key words from thousands of paper abstracts shows just how prolific and relevant relativity still is today.

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Office for Creative Research (OCR)/Scientific American

Explaining That Old Water Taste (WIRED)

water_bottleThat day-old water taste is something we’ve all experienced, but few of us (even scientists who study drinking water) have ever thought to explain. It tastes different from the cold stuff straight out of the tap, but why? WIRED asks scientists and a water sommelier for their best guesses for the answer to this question.

Gina Lonati ’12 Discovers New Whale Vulnerability (National Geographic)

gina lonatiGina Lonati ’12 has found additional evidence that suggests whales might be susceptible from suffering from decompression sickness, or “the bends.”  With her co-authors, she recently published her findings in the The Journal of Experimental Biology. It’s likely that sonar blasts used by the Navy are startling whales out of their normal diving behavior. You can read an article about Lonati’s work in the National Geographic.

Currently, Lonati is a marine mammal biologist for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. She is charged with helping stranded or entangled animals and investigating the cause of death for many of the dolphins and manatees that die in the state.

 

The Black Holes in Physicists’ Knowledge of our Universe (Live Science)

outer space, galaxy, universe, While most of the world of physics may seem a mystery to we non-physicists, it turns out — much of it remains an enigma to physicists, as well.

Check out these nine mysteries about our universe that some of the smartest among us have yet to solve.