Physics Originally Posted: January 11, 2017 By: Jodi A. Cooley, Department of Physics, Southern Methodist University No dark matter particles have been observed by two of the world’s most sensitive direct-detection experiments, casting doubt on a favored dark matter model. Over 80 years ago astronomers and astrophysicists began to inventory the amount of matter in the Universe. In doing so, they stumbled into an incredible discovery: the motion of stars within galaxies, and of galaxies within galaxy clusters, could not be explained by the gravitational tug of visible matter alone . So to rectify the situation, they suggested the presence of a large amount of invisible, or “dark,” matter. We now know that dark matter makes up 84% of the matter in the Universe , but [...]
New World Wow Originally Posted: January 17, 2017 IMPATIENCE AND ICE CREAM Who doesn’t like ice cream? Certainly not Tanzanian student Erasto Mpemba, who, because of his impatience to freeze his homemade ice cream, decided to put his still-boiling milk mix in the freezer without waiting for it to cool down. Well, surprise, surprise. His ice cream mix solidified faster than that of his friends. This phenomenon where ice cream (or simply ice) freezes faster when steaming hot is now called the Mpemba effect — named after this schoolboy — and published in a paper written by a physics professor working with Mpemba himself. While all this happened in the 1960s, the Mpemba effect itself had also been observed centuries before. More than 2,000 years ago, Aristotle [...]
SMU News Originally Posted: Complete your holiday gift list with books published in 2016 by the SMU community, including faculty, staff, alumni, libraries and museum. Need to satisfy a history buff? This list has it covered in genres from art to science to the Southwest. Find selections for readers of poetry, personal and spiritual enrichment, young adult fiction and celebrity memoir. There’s a southern-themed cookbook for foodies, a literary Shakespearean riff in the form of a card game, and an arty crime caper filled with mystery and intrigue to the end. This collection has something for all reading preferences, from light to serious. Some selections are available at the SMU bookstore, but all are available via online booksellers unless otherwise noted. Authors are listed alphabetically. [...]
SMU News Originally Posted: December 12, 2016 One of SMU's most symbolic traditions is Rotunda Recessional, which will be celebrated at 5:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, the evening before Commencement. Undergraduate candidates are welcomed by the Student Body President and the Chief Marshal of Academic Ceremonies. After brief remarks, the Chief Marshal leads the students through the front doors of Dallas Hall for a walk through the Rotunda, then exiting through the back doors. This is a symbolic departure from campus as well as a welcome to the SMU Alumni family. On Saturday morning, the all-University Commencement Convocation assembles some 536 degree candidates from all of SMU's schools and professional programs. The ceremony will take place in Moody Coliseum at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, [...]
Faculty, staff, students and alumni: Did you publish a general-interest book in 2016? SMU News is seeking information on your publications for possible inclusion in its end-of-year holiday book list. Please complete the brief web form at www.smu.edu/news/books to submit your book information, and send a high-resolution electronic cover image to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include in the web form a web address where News and Communications can find more information. Questions? Contact the book list editor Cherri Gann at email@example.com or 214-768-7657. The deadline is Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.