What’s cooler than absolute zero? Find out at Science Trivia nights at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, where questions feature a mix of science facts, current news, pop culture and scientific discoveries. Held in the new wing's Daily Planet Cafe on the first Thursday of every month, this is a great opportunity to mingle with friends, compete for prizes and bragging rights ... and perhaps even learn something cool.
We will also be hosting speakers from the NCSU Physics Department in our Daily Planet Theater from 6:00-8:00!
6:00-7:00 Graduating physics majors from NC State University will give brief presentations on their research, from exploring the spin behavior of quarks at CERN and modeling the origin of the heaviest elements in the universe to using radar observations of storms for education.
7:00-8:00 Zero tolerance of friction and waste in an ever-shrinking world
Dr. Jacqueline Krim, Department of Physics and College of Sciences, NC State University
From automobiles to razor blades imagine a world in which nothing wears out. This concept could terrify those who seriously contemplate it: entire economic sectors would collapse if products never needed to be replaced. Yet, as world populations grow and the demands on natural resources increase, environmental and economic decision making is becoming increasingly influenced by how materials and massive amounts of energy are being wasted because of friction and wear. Recent advances in understanding how friction originates at the atomic scale is giving rise to mechanisms that include static electricity, sound waves, and electrical conduction effects that allow for friction with the total absence of wear.