Editor’s Selections: The Killer Velvet Worm, Laser Fusion, Downsizing Black Holes, Games and Learning, and the 3D Navier-Stokes EquationsFebruary 28th, 2011 Editor's Selections No Comments
Sarah Kendrew selects interesting and notable ResearchBlogging.org posts in the physical sciences, chemistry, engineering, computer science, geosciences and mathematics. She blogs about astronomy at One Small Step.
It’s post-Oscar Monday, which means we can legitimately spend the whole day looking at endless slideshows of red carpet frocks, and Colin Firth (or is that just me?). If you need a break from staring at sequins, here is some physical sciences reading from the past week on ResearchBlogging.
- The natural world is just so weird and amazing. Scicurious’s post on the velvet worm’s awesome glue guns, co-blogged with Brian Switek on Wired Science, is great. Extra points for predicting my exact reaction to watching the accompanying video.
- The Astronomist gives an in-depth description of the National Ignition Facility, a laser fusion project at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. It’s got references, video, an interview, Brian Cox, and everything else you need to get up to speed on the latest in fusion.
- Figuring out how black holes grow an evolve is a crucial piece of the galaxy evolution jigsaw. Kelly Oakes talks about a recent Nature paper that has rendered “supermassive” black holes at the hearts of active galaxies a little less “super” (but still freakin’ massive).
- How can we use games for teaching? Richard Landers describes new research into cognitive affective states of students playing an algebra game. Are they having fun or would they rather be on Facebook, and how do they transition from one state to another? It turns out that confusion may be the pathway to engagement.
- Finally, this intriguing post by Filipino science blogger Nath points to a recent paper claiming to solve the 3D Navier-Stokes equations of hydrodynamics, which are the subject of one of the Clay Institute’s Millennium Prizes. I’d love to hear more about this.
That’s all folks! Thanks for the posts and I’ll be back next week with more picks.