Category: James Bird

Scientists find Belichick’s explanation plausible

Boston Globe (subscription required) James Bird, College of Engineering It’s basic physics, folks. Four of the Boston area’s best scientific minds, zeroing in on the controversy over the Patriots’ use of underinflated footballs, agreed: If you take a ball from a warm place to a cool place, it will lose air pressure… Expert quote: “Everything they said […]

Why you really CAN smell approaching storms: Raindrops release clouds of aerosols that are carried for miles on the wind

Daily Mail James Bird, College of Engineering Most people can detect the distinctive fresh, earthy aroma of an approaching rain storm, but now scientists have worked out why… Expert quote: “This paper provides an elegant mechanism by which these microbes can be propelled past the stagnant layer of air around them to a place where […]