For this year’s SI swimsuit edition, Kate Upton took a ride in a plane designed to simulate zero gravity in a parabolic flight pattern. And she did so of course in a bikini… for educational purposes.
Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney is in theatres now, and boy does it look pretty. Its gotten tons of great reviews from film critics and scientists alike, by showing a realistic depiction on what happens when a space mission goes awry. But how does it do? Is it truly a great flick, or should it be left to float into the vast coldness of space?
Gravity has gotten generally pretty positive reviews, but if you’re super famous astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, you wouldn’t be watching a movie like Gravity for the writing, the acting or the amazing sound. You’d be watching for every little scientific inaccuracy, as you should if you were Neil DeGrasse Tyson. So after watching Gravity, Tyson went on a hilarious science ass-beating fact checking mission. Because even if it’s a good movie, Hollywood shouldn’t get too sloppy with science.
If the Nordtvedt effect is right, two objects of different masses don’t really fall at the same rate
Famously tested by Galileo and tested again and again and again thousands and thousands of times over the ages, it’s come to be that two objects of different masses falling towards the same body (Earth for example), will fall at the same rate. It’s even been tested on the Moon, and it works perfectly. But professor Kenneth Nordtvedt of the University of Montana thinks this solidly tested notion may be incorrect.
Scientists have finally been able to detect a gravity wave moving through space and time, just as Einstein predicted.
All over the US, and in several parts of the world, in rural areas and urban, there are places that locals refer to as either “mystery spots” or “gravity hills”— places where gravity seems to work backwards. But are they really anomalies in gravity? Nope, we’re just gullible. Surprise.
Yesterday, NASA successfully put a pair of lunar probes into orbit around the Moon, meant to map the gravity field of the Moon, and use that to probe the interior composition. The probes go by the name of GRAIL, or Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory.
That faster than light neutrino turned out to likely just be a miscalculation, but there still are theoretical ways to move “faster than light” if you know how to use the rules to your advantage. And using the Heim Theory, it might be possible to use a large enough electromagnetic field to bounce to the fourth dimension.