Category Archives: physics

An Uncomfortable Truth About Spacecraft

Since Juno’s arrival at Jupiter, a lot of people noted how impressively technology has improved, with Juno being powered by solar panels. Indeed, without the progress we’ve made, Juno wouldn’t have been possible. It may not be immediately apparent to everyone, seeing … Continue reading

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The Violent History of the Martian Moons

Mars is a funny little place, but it seems that Mars’ orbit may be even funnier. As we all know, Mars has two small and lumpy moons which would be no more than a pair of mundane asteroids if they weren’t … Continue reading

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Solar System Transit

Planning a trip to Titan but not sure how much fuel you’ll need? Worry not! Here’s a convenient map showing the required delta-v to get from place to place in the solar system! Delta-v is shorthand meaning change in velocity … Continue reading

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The Song of The Dunes

I’m really quite fascinated by singing sand dunes. Also known variously as whistling sand or booming dunes, this is a phenomenon observed in places across the world when the right set of circumstances cause sand to be a little noisier than usual. … Continue reading

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Bohemian Gravity

This video made me giggle with glee! If you’re a fan of string theory and classic rock (and let’s face it, who isn’t?) then you’ll probably find this as wonderfully geeky as I do. A cut-down explanation of string theory … Continue reading

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Ablaze

The Sun is doing some quite exciting things at the moment. Just the other day, it spat out a X1.7 flare, the first X-class flare this year. Things are likely to stay interesting for a while now too. We’re very … Continue reading

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Rainbow string

Anyone who knows me will know that I just love that intersection where science and art meet. And things like this are precisely why! Paul Friedlander, one of those delightful rare individuals who’s both a physicist and an artist, put … Continue reading

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Magnetism

One single image to explain the shape of the field lines around a bar magnet. I don’t think any further comment is necessary here!

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Wow…

I don’t know if you’ve ever watched Vi Hart‘s videos on YouTube, but they’re really quite fantastic. Honestly, if mathematics had ever been made as interesting as she manages to make it back while I was actually studying it, I … Continue reading

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White rooftops?

Global warming and climate change should really be ever present on the collective minds of our species these days. After all, despite science communicators like Carl Sagan having been beseeching us for decades to curb out use of fossil fuels, … Continue reading

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