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An archive of the "Hot Link of the Month" from The Wormhole.


The Large Hadron Rap
Let the Proton Smashing Begin. (The Rap Is Already Written.)
By Dennis Overbye—excerpted from The New York Times

The Large Hadron Collider, under construction at CERN, outside Geneva, is designed to accelerate protons to energies of seven trillion electron volts and then smash them together in search of new particles and perhaps new forces of nature.

For those who like their physics in rhyme, there is now a rap video. The author and rapper is Kate McAlpine, aka alpinekat, a science writer who works at CERN and who also has a rap about neurons on YouTube.

Crayon Physics
Play with crayons and physics! The goal of the Crayon Physics game is to move a red ball so that it collects stars. You can cause the red ball to move by drawing physical objects. Game Design, Code & Gfx: Petri Purho.

'Physics Flunkies at the Movies' on PopularScience.com
PopularScience.com takes a look at a few of cinema's most mind-boggling moments of scientific inaccuracy—plus a few rare films that manage to get things (mostly) right.

Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics
When supposedly serious movies totally disregard the laws of physics in blatantly obvious ways it's enough to make us scientists retch. The motion picture industry has failed to police itself against the evils of bad physics. This page is provided as a public service in hopes of improving this deplorable matter. While many movies do fall short there are example of good one. See Intuitor's Recommendations for Movies With Good Movie Physics.

The Flying Circus of Physics
Fresh flying-circus-of-physics stories are posted every month at the web site associated with the book. The orgiinal book was published in the early 1970s. The second edition was published in June 2006. The bibliography for the new book (over 10,000 references) are listed at the web site and is updated monthly.

Cosmic Journey: A History of Scientific Cosmology
The American Institute of Physics, Center for History of Physics, has launched a new web exhibit that tells with unprecedented depth, accuracy, and excitement how scientists have explored the structure of the universe. "Cosmic Journey: A History of Scientific Cosmology" offers more than 35,000 words and 380 striking illustrations. Visitors can explore pages on topics ranging from ancient Greek philosophers to the peculiar giant telescopes of the eighteenth century to recent discoveries about "dark matter." The text was written and checked for accuracy by leading historians of science.

Atmospheric Physics
Light playing on water drops, dust or ice crystals in the atmosphere produces a host of visual spectacles - rainbows, halos, glories, coronas and many more. Some can be seen al most every day or so, some are once in a lifetime sights. Find out where to see them and how they form. Then seek and enjoy them outdoors. This site started in 1998 as a few pages wrapped around the HaloSim halo simulation software. It is still being extended.

Einstein@Home: Catch the Wave!
Einstein@Home is a project developed to search data from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational wave Observatory (LIGO) for signals coming from extremely dense, rapidly rotating stars. Einstein@Home will rely on private owners of PCs, like you, to donate computer time to the analysis of LIGO data.

High-Speed Physics Pictures
What's New on the New Mexico State University SPS Chapter's website? Check out some amazing high-speed physics-related photos by following the What's New link. There are pics of balloons popping in the air and under water, pictures of milk and water splashes, and other great shots.

The Nucleus
Make your voice heard and connect with other physics & astronomy students around the nation and around the globe in The Nucleus. The Nucleus is a comPADRE collection designed in conjunction with SPS specifically to serve as an informational touchpoint and online community for undergraduate physics and astronomy students.

Advanced Physics Forums
Advanced Physics Forums is a student-created bulletin board designed to bring the physics student community together for the exchange of research related information, homework help and tutoring.

Moments of Discovery
A new audio-visual exhibit titled "Moments of Discovery," from the Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics, uses the actual voices of leading scientists to explore how major discoveries are made, teaching some science along the way. The site is mounted on the award-winning website of the Center for History of Physics and is also available on CD-ROM. Hear the voices of Einstein, Rutherford and other renowned scientists at "Moments of Discovery."

Virtual Leonardo
Leonardo da Vinci the scientist bridged the gap between the shockingly unscientific medieval methods and our own trusty modern approach. His experiments in anatomy and the study of fluids, for example, blew away the accomplishments of his predecessors. Beginning with his first stay in Milan and accelerating around 1505, Leonardo became more and more wrapped up in his scientific investigations. The sheer range of topics that came under his inquiry is staggering: anatomy, zoology, botany, geology, optics, aerodynamics and hydrodynamics among others. Visit the Science Museum of Boston's Virtual Exhibit on Leonardo da Vinci, Scientist, Inventor and Artist.

Astronomy & Space

CATCHING THE LIGHT: Astrophotography
This web site by Jerry Lodriguss is filled with deep-sky astronomical photographs, tips and techniques for digital astrophotography, and methods for image processing in Photoshop. In addition, the site includes a blog and news on the latest in astrophotography, stories, observations, and humor.

Hubblesite Wallpaper Gallery
Plaster snapshots of the universe across your computer screen. Wallpaper lets you wander the universe from your desktop.

Now Boarding: Zero G Flights for the Public
The Zero Gravity Corp has received the thumbs-up from the FAA to conduct "weightless flights" for thel public, providing the sensation of floating in space. A specially modified aircraft called G-Force One will be used for the flights.

The Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn and Titan
Launched from Kennedy Space Center on Oct. 15, 1997, the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft reached the Saturnian region in July 2004. The mission is composed of two elements: The Cassini orbiter that will orbit Saturn and its moons for four years, and the Huygens probe that will dive into the murky atmosphere of Titan and land on its surface.

The XPrize Cup
Awarding the $10,000,000 Ansari XPrize is not the end, but the beginning of an annual event called the X Prize Cup. Think of it as a cross between Champ Grand Prix racing, the America's Cup, and the Olympics! An event where the average person can come and watch the next generations of space vehicles fly, where they can talk to the astronuts, see the vehicles up close, learn about the technology, and begin to dissolve the myth that they will never travel to space in their lifetime. Follow ten days of non-stop excitment each year and find your chance to participate in the future of spaceflight.

J-Track Satellite Tracking
J-Track was created so users could quickly and easily keep track of their favorite orbiting objects.In addition to tracking spacecraft such as MIR, Hubble, and COBE, J-Track lets you choose from a fairly large list of weather, search and rescue, and amateur radio satellites. There is even a 3-D version that tracks objects in real time. The satellites are tracked using a special JAVA Applet. If you don't have Java, there are also links to some of the most popular satellites that you can track with no Java required.

NASA JPL Deep Impact Mission
Bad Astronomy
Multiwave Milkyway
Hubble Space Telescope Public Pictures
NASA Spacelink
Multiwave Milkyway


Geological Time
This is an excellent source of information on the different time periods of the earth. Learn about what the earth was made of at certain times, the processes of the planet, and much more at this fascinating site.

Optical Illusions

EncycloZine Optical Illusions
Grand Illusions

Science Humor

Science Idol: The Scientific Integrity Editorial Cartoon Contest
The 2006 "Science Idol" has been announced: James MacLeod of Evansville, IN! This summer, creative minds throughout the United States submitted more than four hundred cartoons criticizing political interference in science in "Science Idol: the Scientific Integrity Editorial Cartoon Contest," sponsored by The Union of Concerned Scientists. Click here to view all twelve finalists, learn more about the winner, and order a calendar featuring the top cartoons.

Physics Limericks
The American Physical Society (APS) has archived physics limericks that were submitted in contests hosted by the APS News.

Les Horribles Cernettes
Les Horribles Cernettes are the one and only High Energy Rock Band. They sing about colliders, quarks, microwaves, anti-protons and the Internet. Their CD "Collider" contains nine songs about physics, computers and luv. Check out their website to hear their songs.

Science Jokes

Annals of Imropable Research (AIR)

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