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The Physics of Coffee Rings

(YouTube link) This video shows us the strangely fascinating process behind the formation of coffee rings on a surface. As the water evaporates, the solid particles of coffee rush to the edges of the spill. The research was done by the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. Because we all know that scientists are [...]

The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D.

University of Utah computer science professor Matthew Might welcomes his new graduate students each year by explaining a PhD by drawing, literally, “the big picture” in graph form. That series of pictures has become a classic story of pride and knowledge and then a shattering dose of reality, but still ends with “Keep pushing.” Don’t [...]

RMS Titanic Only Existing Footage

(You Tube Link) Here is a rare video of the Titanic under construction at the Harland and Wolff shipyards in Belfast. Construction, funded by J.P. Morgan’s International Mercantile Marine Co., began in March, 1909. Via Open Culture