PULLMAN, Wash. – For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of space-time called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.
PULLMAN, Wash. – The annual dad’s weekend pumpkin drop is a gravity experiment with pumpkins (and a watermelon and…) launched from 12-story Webster Hall at Washington State University.
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 4:10 p.m., Webster 17
Dr. Paula Heron, University of Washington. Please meet our guest speaker and share refreshments at 3:45 p.m. in the foyer on floor G above the lecture hall.
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Children learn some basic concepts of physics by using exhibits designed
to also teach home energy efficiency. (Photo by Kathleen Ryan, WSU)
PULLMAN, Wash. – An innovative collaborative project is teaching young people the basics of physics. Using simple models, an interdisciplinary team is simultaneously opening doors to more sustainable, energy-efficient homes.
Project SOS – the Science of Sustainability – is funded by a National Science Foundation grant to teach middle school students from local communities about the physics of energy transfer in their own homes.
The goals of the two-year project are … » More …
Video – “Antimatter – harnessing the power of positrons”
“This morning, NASA successfully launched the world’s first gamma ray shuttle to the galactic center of the Milky Way. Once there, geo-astronauts say they can mine and harvest enough raw antimatter to power Earth’s energy needs for the next decade. Unfortunately, they won’t be back for centuries…”
Although we won’t see that story on tonight’s six o’ clock news, Kelvin Lynn is serious when he says it is possible to harness the power of antimatter – and that it may be conceivable to collect that antimatter from a mother-lode hiding out near the center … » More …
The department of Physics and Astronomy’s Stephenson Distinguished Lecture will feature James K. Gimzewski, a leading authority on nanotechnology research. The lecture, Nano Tips: Exploring This Planet, Your Body and Beyond, will be on March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Webster Physical Science Building, Room 16.
Gimzewski is a distinguished professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA, director of the Nano & Pico Characterization lab at the UCLA California NanoSystems Institute and scientific director of the UCLA Art/Sci Center & Lab.
He pioneered research on mechanical and electrical contacts with single atoms and molecules using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and was … » More …