Applied Physics

Bevel Gearbox Fail

Sometimes I’ll picture an idea in my head and it seems to work fine—in my head—but when I actually build it, it doesn’t turn out the way I planned. I wanted to try using a bevel gearbox as a pan and tilt mount for my Lego optics lab (as a pan/mount for my ...

Blog Post - Steve Schuler - Aug 28 2015 - 10:45am

Magnetic Fields Provide A New Way To Communicate Wirelessly

Electrical engineers at the University of California, San Diego demonstrated a new wireless communication technique that works by sending magnetic signals through the human body. The new technology could offer a lower power and more secure way to communic ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 7 2015 - 10:30am

Independent spent fuel storage installations

An independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI) is a place to safely store spent nuclear fuel while it is waiting for a geological repository to permanently dispose of the material.   The amount of nuclear fuel required to supply a typical American ...

Blog Post - Robert Hayes - Sep 1 2015 - 8:27pm

Lego Optics Lab: Cell Phone/iPod Mount

I’ll demonstrate how I built my mobile phone/iPod mount out of Lego for my Lego optics lab polariscope project. Parts needed: Mobile phone mount (from my DIY Super Selfie Stick project) 2 Lego plates 1 X 8 4 Lego beams 1 X 2 4 Lego Beams 1 X 8 Here’s how ...

Blog Post - Steve Schuler - Sep 3 2015 - 8:40am

Origin Of The Spin Seebeck Effect Discovered?

The recovery of waste heat in all kinds of processes will lead to making established processes more energy-efficient and more environmentally friendly. The Spin Seebeck effect (SSE) is a rudimentarily understood effect which allows for the conversion of a ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 8 2015 - 7:00am

Lego Optics Lab: Laser Interferometer

Last week the European Space Agency announced the launch of its Lisa Pathfinder mission later this year to test if laser interferometry can be used in space to detect gravitational waves. It's fairly easy to build a laser interferometer so I decided t ...

Article - Steve Schuler - Sep 10 2015 - 3:38pm

Flowing Electrons Help Ocean Microbes Gulp Methane

Good communication is crucial to any relationship, especially when partners are separated by distance. This also holds true for microbes in the deep sea that need to work together to consume large amounts of methane released from vents on the ocean floor. ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 28 2015 - 7:32am

The Fukushima Disaster Was Preventable

The worst nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown never should have happened, according to a new study. In Philosophical Transactions A of the Royal Society, researchers Costas Synolakis of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and Utku Kâno� ...

Article - News Staff - Sep 28 2015 - 10:00am

Birdsnap Revisited: Goose and Gull

In my previous article about Birdsnap, the app was unable to identify my hawk because I did not get a full profile of the bird. Now that it's autumn and Canada geese have begun migrating, I’ve had some opportunities to photograph birds and get close ...

Blog Post - Steve Schuler - Sep 25 2015 - 10:34am

Celebrate Science Indiana

If you live in Indiana, or at least near Indianapolis, you should go to the Celebrate Science Indiana science festival in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Saturday 3 October 2015 from 9:30am-5:30pm—it’s free. ...

Article - Steve Schuler - Oct 1 2015 - 7:00am