Author: Ryan F. Mandelbaum

makes his triumphant return to New York after spending two years battling flight delays, polar vortices and indigestion while implementing healthcare software for Epic Systems in Madison, Wisconsin. Ryan earned his B.A. in physics and mathematics at Columbia University and studied heavy ion collisions at CERN during the summer of 2012 (spot him in Particle Fever wearing his CERN basketball jersey). Ryan will be the first Billboard Hot 100 artist to rap about supersymmetry.

Is digital photography real?

Is digital photography real?

Searching for truth in digital photojournalism

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted October 3, 2016

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The technology behind the Paralympic Games

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum Greg Uyeno Kelsey Kennedy and Knvul Sheikh | Posted September 6, 2016

Natural gas versus natural beauty

Natural gas versus natural beauty

An Appalachian battle rages over a pipeline route through sensitive salamander habitats

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted May 2, 2016

The F-Block: Thulium

The F-Block: Thulium

A useless element

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted April 27, 2016

The F-Block: Americium

The F-Block: Americium

The radioactive element that keeps your home safe

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted April 13, 2016

The F-Block: Fermium

The F-Block: Fermium

A new element created from destruction

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted March 30, 2016

The F-Block: Neodymium

The F-Block: Neodymium

The f-block’s clingiest partner

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted March 23, 2016

The F-Block: Uranium

The F-Block: Uranium

The f-block’s Madonna

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted March 16, 2016

How did Stephen Hawking get so famous?

How did Stephen Hawking get so famous?

An explanation of the theory that sparked the physicist’s career

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted

PODCAST: Sleep well, medication-free

PODCAST: Sleep well, medication-free

Scienceline explores non-pharmaceutical ways for insomnia sufferers to get a better night sleep

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted March 15, 2016

Making Pi

Making Pi

How a computer program calculated 13 trillion digits of pi

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted March 14, 2016

Q+A With Mark Umile

Q+A With Mark Umile

Mark Umile shares an intimate relationship with pi unmatched by most mathematicians

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted

PODCAST: Talent Show!

PODCAST: Talent Show!

Scientists and talented guests show off and explain their talents

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted March 9, 2016

The F-Block: An introduction

The F-Block: An introduction

A blog about the periodic table’s forgotten elements

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted March 8, 2016

Bringing the backwoods to Brooklyn

Bringing the backwoods to Brooklyn

Taxidermist Divya Anantharaman injects urban flair into a traditional art form

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted February 20, 2016

VIDEO: The sword in the stomach

VIDEO: The sword in the stomach

The ancient art of sword swallowing requires an extreme level of bodily control

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted February 14, 2016

Mountains, prairies ... and oil wells

Mountains, prairies … and oil wells

Environmentalists worry new rules on oil and gas wells in parks still aren’t tough enough

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted January 23, 2016

Debunking doomsday at CERN, again

Debunking doomsday at CERN, again

The science behind responding to apocalyptic predictions

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted January 1, 2016

A few rainy seasons won’t stop coming drought

A few rainy seasons won’t stop coming drought

Scientists expect greenhouse gases to cause a historic dry period in the Great Plains this century

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted December 29, 2015

Need a Tannenbaum? Ask Mandelbaum

Need a Tannenbaum? Ask Mandelbaum

Climate and soil explain the country’s varying tree preferences

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted December 13, 2015

Can doctors fix a broken heart?

Can doctors fix a broken heart?

Cardiologists struggle to effectively treat severe heart attacks

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted November 15, 2015

A clue to Martian life could be on Earth

A clue to Martian life could be on Earth

If there’s water on Mars, the Arctic hints there may also be life.

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted October 7, 2015

Blame it on the moon

Blame it on the moon

The super blood moon reminds us not to fall for correlations and confirmation biases

By Ryan F. Mandelbaum | Posted October 1, 2015