Category Archive: SciTV: Physics & Chemistry

Oct 18 2014

Smithsonian Channel: Who Decided to Put 60 Seconds in a Minute?

One highly influential ancient Middle Eastern civilization established some of the essential systems we still use today. Think you know which it is?  

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Oct 17 2014

TED Ed: Schrödinger’s cat: A thought experiment in quantum mechanics

Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger, one of the founders of quantum mechanics, posed this famous question: If you put a cat in a sealed box with a device that has a 50% chance of killing the cat in the next hour, what will be the state of the cat when that time is up? Chad Orzel …

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Oct 16 2014

Lockheed Martin: Compact Fusion Research & Development

Lockheed Martin “Skunk Works” (Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs (ADP)) has provided new details to the public about its work in compact fusion. “At Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, we’re making advancements in the development of fusion energy, the ultimate form of renewable power. Our scientists and engineers are looking at the biggest natural fusion reactor …

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Oct 08 2014

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The prize will be announced by Staffan Normark, Permanent Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Location The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Sessionssalen, Lilla Frescativägen 4A, Stockholm, Sweden.  

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Oct 07 2014

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 was awarded jointly to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources”. The prize was announced by Staffan Normark, Permanent Secretary of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Location The Royal Swedish Academy …

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Oct 03 2014

Aalto University: Researchers convert CO2 into a valuable resource

Researchers have opened a pilot plant that converts carbon dioxide and slag, the by-product of steel manufacturing, into a valuable mineral product. The product, Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC), is used in e.g. plastics, papers, rubbers and paints. The innovative plant represents the next stage prior commercialization of a new process that consumes carbon dioxide in …

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Sep 12 2014

TRBQ: We Are Dead Stars

Every atom in our bodies was processed in the body of an ancient star, says NASA astronomer Dr. Michelle Thaller. Thaller explains how the iron in our blood connects us to one of the most violent acts in the universe—a supernova explosion—and what the universe might look like when the stars die out.  

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Sep 01 2014

Oxford University: Fuel cells inspired by nature

Alternative energy sources don’t yet pack the desired punch – but researchers in Oxford, funded by the EPSRC and the BBSRC, are changing that by developing fuel cells inspired by nature.  

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Aug 26 2014

AMNH: Science Bulletins: Keeling’s Curve | The Story of CO2

As the leading greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide is one of the atmosphere’s most closely watched ingredients. The scrutiny began in 1958, when a young geochemist named Charles Keeling began regularly measuring CO2 atop a massive Hawaiian volcano—and discovered some intriguing patterns. Science Bulletins is a production of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and …

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Jul 26 2014

AMNH: Science Bulletins | The Expanding Universe

In 1998, astrophysicists discovered a baffling phenomenon: the Universe is expanding at an ever-faster rate. Either an enigmatic force called dark energy is to blameor a reworking of gravitational theory is in order. In this new Science Bulletins video, watch a Fermilab team assemble the Dark Energy Camera, a device that could finally solve this …

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Jul 13 2014

TED-Ed: A guide to the energy of the Earth – Joshua M. Sneideman

Energy is neither created nor destroyed — and yet the global demand for it continues to increase. But where does energy come from, and where does it go? Joshua M. Sneideman examines the many ways in which energy cycles through our planet, from the sun to our food chain to electricity and beyond. Lesson by …

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Jul 07 2014

MIT: Oil and water

Tiny droplets of water, colored blue, are suspended in oil on top of a membrane developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology team. Thanks to the membrane’s tiny pores, with a special coating that attracts water and repels oil, the droplets shrink as they pass through the membrane, ultimately leaving just pure oil behind. A …

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Apr 24 2014

UWM: Concrete that’s built to last

Engineering postdoctoral researcher Marina Kozhukhova and doctoral student Scott Muzenski demonstrate the abilities of a superhydrophobic, malleable and “smart” concrete composite developed in the lab of UWM associate professor Konstantin Sobolev (in the striped shirt). The high-performance paving material has a service life of 120 years. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  

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Mar 21 2014

Cambridge: Strings that surprise: how a theory progressed

Published on Mar 4, 2014 In August 1984 two physicists arrived at a formula that transformed our understanding of string theory, an achievement now recognized by a major award. Professor Michael Green of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics explains how string theory has taken unexpected directions. In December 2013 Professor Michael Green …

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Mar 21 2014

Big Think: Neil deGrasse Tyson: My Man, Sir Isaac Newton

Uploaded on Jun 3, 2011 Neil deGrasse Tyson says Newton’s writings defy gravity by making his hair stand up.  

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Mar 20 2014

Veritasium: Anti-Gravity Wheel?

Published on Mar 17, 2014 Ever wondered how gravity interacts with gyro precession, here is your answer.  

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Mar 14 2014

The Atlantic: Where Time Comes From

The time that ends up on your smartphone—and that synchronizes GPS, military operations, financial transactions, and internet communications—originates in a set of atomic clocks on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory. Dr. Demetrios Matsakis, Chief Scientist for USNO’s Time Services, gives a tour.  

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Mar 10 2014

Kurzgesagt: The History and Future of Everything — Time

How much time do you have left? Time makes sense in small pieces. But when you look at huge stretches of time, it’s almost impossible to wrap your head around things. So we teamed up with the awesome blog “Wait but Why” and made this video to help you putting things in perspective with some …

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Mar 08 2014

PBS It’s Okay To Be Smart: How The Elements Got Their Names

Ever wonder what all those names on the periodic table actually mean? There’s a whole lot of fascinating history on Mendeleev’s table. Some carry names from antiquity, some are named for people, some are named for places, and some are named for mythical beings. Discover the etymology of the elements in this video.  

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Feb 27 2014

Veritasium: Will This Go Faster Than Light?

Physics of contraptions meant to go faster than light. The speed of light in vacuum, commonly denoted c, is a universal physical constant important in many areas of physics. Its value is exactly 299,792,458 metres per second.  

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