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Jim Kakalios
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just your friendly neighborhood physics professor
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A really fun article about the creation of Spider-Man's nemesis, the Vulture, from....where else? The Vulture! One thing I always likes about the Vulture is that Ditko placed his wings at the right location. The X-Men's Angel has wings growing out of his back. But real birds don't have wings spouting from their back - their arms evolved into wings.

http://www.vulture.com/2016/12/spider-man-the-vulture-creation.html

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If anyone is in Washington DC today - I’m at AwesomeCon, doing a panel on The Science of Spider-Man and an Ask-A-Scientist session at the American Physical Society booth in the afternoon in the FutureCon section. Stop by, True Believers!

https://nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=242216&org=NSF&from=news

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Back in April during the March for Science, the American Physical Society and the Optical Society asked me to give a PHYSICS OF SUPERHEROES talk at a Teach-In event. The only snag - there was no electrical power on the National Mall, so I couldn't give my standard powerpoint presentation. But the APS and OSA came up with a very creative solution (that's what Science does!) to allow me to share images from my talk in a tent.
http://www.osa.org/en-us/get_involved/public_policy/march_for_science_2017/

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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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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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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/

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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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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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