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# Physics

All time
# Weird Science
Physicists may have to rethink how universe works after ‘tantalising’ results
Tiny particles called muons are not quite doing what is expected of them in two different long-running experiments.
# Let's Get Physics-al
Dáil to be told there's a 'real crisis' with physics and Irish teacher numbers
A Fianna Fáil motion will go before the Dáil tonight.
Carlo Rovelli: 'Time does not exist'
In his latest book, Reality Is Not What It Seems, bestselling author Carlo Rovelli shows how our understanding of reality has changed throughout the centuries.
What is the theory of relativity all about?
This is the century-old theory that has given us concepts like black holes and the big bang, writes Dr Cormac O’Raifeartaigh.
# easy mistake to make
That time the Nobel physics prize was accidentally given to the wrong person
Right name, wrong man.
# Let's get physical
Ed Sheeran popped up on the Leaving Cert yesterday and people couldn't handle it
You can’t get away from him and his soundness.
Ireland must join CERN – for our economy and our future
With CERN membership, Ireland’s brightest minds would be able to work on some of the most advanced projects in the world.
# testicle physics
Watch a teacher take an axe to the crotch in physics demo gone terribly wrong
No gore. Just a LOT of sore.
# infinite like
Stephen Hawking wrote his first Facebook post, and it's brilliant
The brunch selfies are next…
# Inventions
Japanese researchers win Nobel for inventing the "revolutionary" LED lamp
The LED has helped in the fight against global warming and also helps people in poverty.
# Your Say
Poll: Should bonus points be awarded for Leaving Cert science subjects?
And would it help stem the skills shortages in the tech and sciences industry?
# whoa
8 hypnotic GIFs of chemical reactions with everyday objects
Just *try* and stop watching. Try.
# sight for sore eyes
Forget your glasses today? This video will show you how to see without them
# ballooney
This simple experiment involving a balloon and a car will blow your mind
It’s science, bitch.
# Reform
New Leaving Cert science course poses risk to "high standards" of education
It could also hamper Ireland’s chances of attracting foreign direct investment, experts say.
Column: What does this week’s major physics breakthrough actually mean?
A new discovery has shed light on the beginning of the universe itself and will help us to understand how gravitational extremes like black holes work, writes Conor Farrell.
# cosmic inflation
The moment a scientist is told he made a major physics breakthrough
Good work, Andrei Linde.
# Leaving Cert
Bonus points for Physics, Chemistry and Applied Maths should be introduced, says TD
Limerick TD Patrick O’Donovan said if we cannot encourage people to study these subjects at higher level, we will have a serious problem in filling the places on third level courses.
# Ball So Hard
Harlem Globetrotters visit teacher who went viral with basketball trick
Mr Hovan was filmed spinning a basketball on his pen while marking papers.
# whizz kids
University physicists explain how men can prevent urinal splashback
It’s the problem all men face at some point.
# phwoar
Did you know you're attracted to everyone on the DART?
Well, everyone in your carriage anyway…
# juno project
NUI Galway’s School of Physics recognised for commitment to gender equality
Women are under-represented in physical science at every level – but NUI Galway is trying to change this.
# Like a Boss
8 reasons to love Stephen Hawking even more
He’s been saying clever things about smart stuff again.
# Space Exploration
Stephen Hawking: We must explore space to ensure human survival
The world’s leading physicist says our existence depends on finding a new planet to live on. No pressure, then.
CERN scientists: Yep, we're fairly sure we've found the Higgs boson
“The preliminary results… are magnificent,” one CERN physicist said.
Column: Criminal justice policy should be shaped by our heads, not our hearts
While outrage is understandably high when particularly heinous crimes are committed, we are doing victims no service by letting emotions rule out rational debate on how to reform the justice system, writes Alan Greene.
# Space
NASA: Closest planet to sun, Mercury, harbours ice
Scientists have confirmed a vast amount of ice at the north pole at the planet’s north pole – despite its proximity to the sun.
# science test
Squeaky bum time! Here’s a secondary school science test
Happy Science Week! Now light that bunsen burner and let’s get going…
# science week 2012
VIDEO: Rubberbandits use dubstep to explain physics
Keep a special eye out for the dancing at 01.12.
# final frontier
Astronomers find diamond planet twice the size of Earth
The planet is made up mainly of graphite and diamond and was spotted zooming around a nearby star.
# Nobel Prize
French and American scientists win Nobel Physics Prize
“I was walking with my wife [and] when I saw the Swedish area code, I realised,” said one of this year’s winners.
# Global Warming
Climate change sceptic 'converted' by own research
Richard A Muller founded a research project into the rise in earth surface temperature… and the findings surprised even him.
# costants
The 10 most important numbers in the world
Avogadro, Planck, Boltzmann… the whole gang is here.
# lost a bet
VIDEO: Why Stephen Hawking was (slightly) unhappy about the Higgs boson
The theoretical physicist had a $100 bet with another scientist that the Higgs would never be found.
# Discovery
US atom-smasher 'strongly' hints at finding Higgs boson
If it’s true it will be one of the most important scientific breakthroughs of the past one hundred years.
# God Particle
Is CERN about to announce some big news about the Higgs boson?
CERN is to announce its latest results on the search for the ‘god particle’ this week. Could they have found it?
# Prime Numbers
TV, air travel and underpants: the week in numbers
Plus – how TDs are fast becoming an endangered species, and how much Hollywood’s leading ladies can command per film.
# Act Fast
Spanish physicists reckon time is (literally) going to grind to a halt
Three Spanish academics have come with an alternative theory of time – one which suggests we will eventually be frozen in time forever.
# Panic over
CERN admits: Einstein was right - neutrinos don't travel faster than light
Yep – it was faulty equipment all along…