Spider electro-combs its sticky nano-filaments

A spider commonly found in garden centers in Britain is giving fresh insights into how to spin incredibly long and strong fibers just a few nanometers thick. The majority of spiders spin silk threads several micrometers thick but unusually the ‘garden centre spider’ or ‘feather-legged lace weaver’ can spin nano-scale filaments. Now scientists think they are closer to understanding how this is done. —> Read More Here

NASA and NOAA Satellites Image Crippling Blizzard of 2015 Pounding New England

NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite captures blizzard near peak intensity as it moves over New York and Boston regions at 1:45 am EST, Jan. 27, 2015.  This view is a combination of the day-night band and high resolution infrared imagery from Suomi NPP showing the historic blizzard near peak intensity as it moves over the New York through Boston Metropolitan areas at 06:45Z (1:45 a.m. EST) on January 27, 2015.   Credit:   NOAA/NASA

NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite captures blizzard near peak intensity as it moves over New York and Boston regions at 1:45 am EST, Jan. 27, 2015. This view is a combination of the day-night band and high resolution infrared imagery from Suomi NPP showing the historic blizzard near peak intensity as it moves over the New York through Boston Metropolitan areas at 06:45Z (1:45 a.m. EST) on January 27, 2015. Credit: NOAA/NASA

Record breaking snow from the ‘Blizzard of 2015′ hit vast regions of the US Northeast today, Jan. 27, 2015, stretching from Long Island to New England.

NASA and NOAA Earth orbiting satellites are keeping track of the storm. (…)
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Are Physics to Blame for NFL Patriots Deflated Footballs?

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This is the first time, ever in my life, where I have heard science being highlighted within a pre-Super Bowl football game press conference. As a scientist, I was extremely happy and puzzled at the same time. And surprisingly, the data in this situation left me questioning how people can use science to either help an NFL team win or advance it inappropriately.

During a New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts NFL Pre-Super Bowl game on January 18, 2015, the Patriots defeated the Colts, 45-7, to earn their eighth Super Bowl appearance. However, controversy filled the Internet the next day. The NFL determined that the Patriots used under-inflated footballs, which could have compromised the game, plus the balls were illegal per NFL specifications. This result led NFL officials to investigate how this event could have happened. Now, I am not the most knowledgeable football expert, though I am a scientist. And when there’s science in the news, I am on it! Within this controversial event, there are important aspects of football physics that require discussion.

1. The Physics of the Football Itself

“NFL quarterbacks are spin doctors,” according to the NBC sports educational video entitled “
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