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Jim Kakalios
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Greetings from Prague. I visited National Gallery, and saw an amazing display of all 20 of Alfons Mucha's Slav Epic paintings. Looking carefully at one painting, I think I've made a scientific breakthrough! Isn't that 14th century king carrying a selfie stick? Time Travel Confirmed!
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+Jeff Green Oops - wrong century. And thus even more of an anachronism! ;-) 
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Cal Tech scientists have now decoded the message in the Gravity Wave signals recently detected. Somewhat garbled, seems to say: "Galaktus s comng" I have a bad feeling about this.
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Ah, sorry about confusion.  I was unaware of the SN1987a discrepancy. I'll ask around and see what I can find. 
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Fantastic. Who knew I was mis-pronouncing "legal" all these years?
 
Triumph of observation over theory: Ant Man, who visited the quantum realm, bests Stephen Hawking in quantum chess.
http://gizmodo.com/paul-rudd-and-stephen-hawking-face-off-in-a-high-stakes-1755439933
What do you do if you’re Paul Rudd and itching to speak at a Caltech event about quantum mechanics? Challenge your arch-rival, Stephen Hawking, to a game of quantum chess, of course. The very future of the universe might be at stake.
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Who knew it related to the Measurement Problem?
"When two things are happening simultaneously in quantum physics it's what’s called the Super Position and when the Observer finally observes the outcome that's called the 'Collapsing of the Super Position'" said director Bryan Singer about the ending of X-Men: Days of Future Past, "which is what happened when Wolverine woke up." 

http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/bryan-singer-weighs-on-x-mens-timeline-anything-can-happen
Bryan Singer Weighs in on "X-Men's" Timeline: "Anything Can Happen" - The "X-Men: Apocalypse" director discussed the quantum physics of time travel and how he plays "with time's immutability and the prequel concept."
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In their latest look at weird comic book ads, CSBG examines all the reasons why a kid would want an inflatable live size doll...like burglar deterrent!
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I'm at A.P.S. March Meeting in Baltimore, and listening to +Jennifer Ouellette 's awesome presentation about Science History, in a session that began with Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg's discussion of his new book on the development of science. She is crushing it!
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I agree.  Tomorrow morning is going to be brutal - with at least six talks I'd love to attend.
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Giving a couple of talks this weekend in the Baltimore/DC area. The title says, 'physics', but it will be more like THE MATERIALS SCIENCE OF SUPERHEROES. DC second on Sunday, March 13  2:00 PM at American University in DC:

http://www.placestogoinwashington.com/events/1773159-The-Physics-of-Superheroes-A-Lecture-by-Physicist-James-Kakalios/
In The Physics of Superheroes, Professor James Kakalios explains in a fun and accessible manner a broad range of physics, from Isaac Newton to the transistor—but there’s not an inclined plane or pulley in sight. Rather, all of the examples come from superhero comic books and in particular, those cases where the superheroes get their physics right! Kakalios is the Taylor Distinguished Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the Univers...
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Giving a couple of talks this weekend in the Baltimore/DC area. The title says, 'physics', but it will be more like THE MATERIALS SCIENCE OF SUPERHEROES. Baltimore first on Saturday, at Towson University, Sat. March 12 
at 11:30 AM:

http://events.towson.edu/event/the_physics_of_superheroes#.Vt8crowrK2w
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Captain Marvel, to the Rescue! (And I don't just mean Pepper Potts. Lord, I'm such a nerd!)

http://io9.gizmodo.com/marvel-is-calling-on-girls-to-save-the-world-with-scien-1764282778
Captain America may get all the glory when it comes to saving the fictional world of the Marvel Universe, but our real world desperately needs saving too. And it’s going to require more than an indestructible shield. To save our planet, we’re going to need science.
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Turns out we can do better than just copying nature's solutions for other organisms.

http://gizmodo.com/these-gecko-gloves-can-kind-of-turn-you-into-spider-m-1755650045
If you were upset at the news that Spider-Man is an impossible dream, don’t despair. A set of gecko gloves created by a Stanford researcher make the ability possible once more.
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We better come up with a name for the new planet soon.  Because calling it "Planet X" is just asking for trouble!
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. . . I am Groot?
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In an oral exam we once asked a graduate student to calculate this. He determined that you'd need a mass of anti-matter roughly 2 km in diameter in order to destroy Alderaan. 

http://sploid.gizmodo.com/how-much-power-does-it-take-to-actually-blow-up-a-plane-1751532484
Like, a lot of power. Scott Manley delves into the science of the planet destroying business and came up with the numbers that it would take to destroy a planet in Star Wars. To destroy an Earth-like planet which was like Alderaan, you’d need three trillion trillion trillion Joules of energy. There are five billion Joules of energy in a lightning bolt so yeah, you’d need a lot more energy.
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Well, it is in a galaxy far, far away, so maybe that galaxy has more anti-matter laying around?
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  • University of Chicago
    Physics, 1979 - 1985
  • City College of New York
    Physics, 1975 - 1979
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