Category Archives: science

The physics of ketchup pouring

If my dad were alive he’d likely make me do some math on this. NPR has a great piece on how to get that pesky ketchup out of the glass bottle, and why it’s such a pain in the neck. The root of the issue? Newtonian physics:

Ketchup, Zaidan says in the video, is a pretty unusual substance. It behaves both like a solid and a liquid, depending on how you shake that bottle.


That’s because there are two types of fluid: Newtonian and non-Newtonian. Newtonian fluids retain their viscosity — or resistance to flow — regardless of the amount of force you put on them. Non-Newtonian fluids are what Zaidan calls “rule breakers.” Their thickness and viscosity change based on how long, how hard and how fast you push.

It’s pretty fascinating, check it out. Me? I’m all for the squeeze bottles, initial watery shot and all.

Cool Stuff in the News

There’s been some fun stuff in the news lately so here we go…


1. The bones of King Richard III have been discovered under a parking lot in England. They’ve been confirmed via DNA comparison to a living descendant of Richard’s sister Anne – how cool is that? Also, the bones reveal that Richard was in fact “hunchbacked” as he had scoliosis.


2. There’s an interesting article about how it’s harder to make good friends once you’re out of college and are in your 30s.


and finally


3. To all my Niners friends, Jello has got you covered – they’re giving away free pudding in the city to “mask the taste of defeat.”



This Vampire Craze Has Gone Too Far

Over the weekend I was browsing my Groupons and ran across something that made me giggle. It was a Groupon for a vampire facelift. My first thought was “Well of COURSE everyone wants to look like Pam. She’s fierce.”

But I did some digging and it wasn’t Groupon being funny. It’s actually a THING. Check this out.

During a Vampire face-lift, board-certified physicians take a small blood sample from the client and spin it to extract the platelet-rich plasma. This plasma is then injected into the skin and brushed across it to stimulate the growth of fresh skin cells, fostering a more youthful appearance.

ABC News did a story on it a few months ago. The idea is that you’re using your own blood, not, you know, toxins (botox uses botulism, the sometimes deadly food poisoning bacteria) or plastic fillers or anything. But I think this doctor sums it up:

Dr. Andre Berger of the Rejuvalife Vitality Institute in Beverly Hills, Calif., said the procedure is becoming very popular.

“I think this whole recent theme in the entertainment industry … of using vampire, Dracula themes, has definitely caused a lot of the interest out there,” Berger said.


Any way you dice it, ew.

FOUND: The “God Particle”

The other day some Fermilab scientists stated they were on their way toward finding the legendary Higgs bosun particle. Today some brains at CERN announced that they have FOUND the bosun.


The Higgs theory explains how particles clumped together to form stars, planets and life itself. Without the Higgs boson, the universe would have remained a formless soup of particles shooting around at the speed of light, the theory goes.

It is the last undiscovered piece of the Standard Model that describes the fundamental make-up of the universe. The model is for physicists what the theory of evolution is for biologists.

What scientists do not yet know from the latest findings is whether the particle they have discovered is the Higgs boson as exactly described by the Standard Model. It could be a variant of the Higgs idea or an entirely new subatomic particle that could force a rethink on the fundamental structure of matter.

The last two possibilities are, in scientific terms, even more exciting.

Crazy amazing. Was I the only one thinking “Man, Sheldon Cooper is gonna be EXCITED next season” or were you thinking it too?