By Elizabeth SvobodaPosted 01.22.2006 at 2:00 am 0 Comments
Sand castles are ephemeral by natur—a good swift kick will destroy the sturdiest silicon-dioxide fortress in seconds—but scientists have learned that there are ways to maximize your creation's strength. Clark University physicist Arshad Kudrolli recently published a paper in the journal Nature Physics on just this topic, entitled"Maximum Angle of Stability of a Wet Granular Pile.â€
By Martha HarbisonPosted 01.01.2004 at 5:00 pm 0 Comments
With each holiday season comes putrid pine-and-cinnamon-scented candles, hours fretting over gifts and, of course, the company Christmas party. One way to survive the fete is to sporadically emit esoteric mathematical factoids, which will encourage co-workers to either gather around and bask in your brilliance or scatter and let you swill drinks in peace.