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The Nobel Winners Who Foiled the Führer

As the Nazis swallowed Europe, two scientists fought back with the only weapon they had: chemistry. Getty Images When the Third Reich took control of Germany, Danish physicist Niels Bohr (pictured) transformed into something like Oskar Schindler in a lab coat. From his Institute for Theoretical Physics in Copenhagen, the Nobel laureate aided and protected Jewish scientists, [...]

Bird Feeder Offers Convenient Fly Thru Window, Late Night Service

A businessbird on the go needs food quickly, any time of day. That’s why Brian Wolter built Fly Thou, a bird feeder in Copenhagen that offers food-like products to birds in a hurry. Solar panels provide lighting late at night and early in the morning. Link -via NotCot | Photo: Povl Thomsen

Want to Encourage Cycling? Forget about Helmets

Elizabeth Rosenthal writes in the New York Times that strongly encouraging bicyclists to wear helmets creates the false impression that bicycling is dangerous. This is a statistically unsound fear that discourages people from riding. So advocates for bicycling should stop pressuring people to wear helmets: On the other hand, many researchers say, if you force or [...]

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik on Bottles

(YouTube link) This is for all those folks who says they would have learned to play music if they could afford an instrument. All you need is someone’s recycling bin and a little water. And may a couple of spoons. This busker was recorded playing Mozart on the streets of Copenhagen. -via Say OMG

10 of the World’s Most Expensive Beers

If you like sampling new beers or hate having money, you might want to try one of these. 1. Sapporo’s Space Barley Price: $110/six-pack ABV: 5.5% In 2006, Japanese and Russian scientists tested how well barley could grow in space. They rocketed barley seeds to the International Space Station and planted them aboard the Zvezda Service Module. After spending [...]

No Globe

The Dorothy art collective designed this snow globe that features a coal-fired power plant. When shaken, black pollution floats around instead of pristine white snowflakes. The single greatest threat to the climate comes from burning coal but despite this a whole new fleet of dirty coal-fired power stations are on the verge of being built in [...]

Owls are All Feathers

The actual body of an owl is very much smaller than what it looks like with a covering of feathers. The shape of the bird looks like a vulture or something. Who would have thought it? The photo is of a stuffed Great Grey Owl from the Zoological Museum in Copenhagen, cross section and whole. [...]

The Little Mermaid’s Brother

Since 1913, Edvard Eriksen’s statute of the titular character from the tale “The Little Mermaid” has watched over the harbor of Copenhagen, Denmark. To mark her upcoming hundredth birthday, artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset made this male version. Thanks to machinery inside, the stainless steel merman blinks every half hour. Link -via My Modern Met [...]

The Double-Slit Garage Experiment

by R.R. Bukrey Physics Department Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois We are pleased to report that a classic atomic-scale physics experiment — the double-slit experiment — has now been carried out on a macroscopic scale. We have demonstrated the wave/particle duality of a familiar, “everyday scale” phenomenon — the stream of cars passing through the exit lanes of the [...]

The Physics Book by Clifford A. Pickover

When you heard the name Clifford A. Pickover, you might think of the website Clifford Pickover’s Reality Carnival. Or you might think of the book The Math Book: Milestones in the History of Math, which we featured here a couple of years ago. Pickover has done it again, with a new book called The Physics [...]