Physics

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“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.” -Golda Meir If you’ve never seen the glorious, athletic spectacle that is Sasuke (Ninja Warrior), you are missing out on…

The Two Faces of the Moon (Synopsis)

“When you’re finally up at the moon looking back on earth, all those differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend, and you’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people.” -Frank Borman, Apollo 8 You’ve…

“What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our method of questioning.” -Werner Heisenberg You might think there are few sacred quantities when it comes to matter: properties that are so fundamentally inherent that even the weirdness of quantum mechanics can’t touch them. But the quantum nature of the Universe will have none…

“Life exists in the universe only because the carbon atom possesses certain exceptional properties.” -James Jeans When you think of carbon, you very likely think of materials from diamonds to nanotubes to graphite to all organic matter, which — as far as we know — requires carbon as a central building block. But 98.9% of…

“Soccer matches should be something special, something people eagerly look forward to, something that brightens life.” -P. J. O’Rourke Well, my World Cup fanatics, the time is upon us. The 2014 World Cup is here and off to a spectacular start! No doubt, some of you have incredibly fond memories of previous soccer/fútbol matches; for…

“I see miracles all around me Stop and look, it’s all astounding Water, fire, air and dirt Fucking magnets, how do they work?” -Insane Clown Posse Oh, Insane Clown Posse, is there any amount of education that could ever change you? On the one hand, magnetism is a lot more counterintuitive than simple mechanics, I…

“Science casts a long black shadow back over who we think we are, and where it falls the temperature falls with it. Its touch is chilly and unforgiving.” -Richard K. Morgan Here on Earth, when we’re dealing with normal matter, it’s relatively easy to measure the temperature of something. Even if you don’t have a thermometer…

“These neutrino observations are so exciting and significant that I think we’re about to see the birth of an entirely new branch of astronomy: neutrino astronomy.” -John Bahcall From the Hubble expansion of the Universe to isotropy and homogeneity to the light elements to the leftover radiation glow to the formation of large-scale structure in…

“Is your Hot Pocket cold in the middle?” “It’s frozen. But it can be served boiling lava hot.” “Will it burn my mouth?” “It’ll destroy your mouth. Everything will taste like rubber for a month.”  -Jim Gaffigan You’ve all had the experience: you’re all excited to microwave your favorite snack. So you pull it out…

“For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” -Vincent Van Gogh Ever since the BICEP2 team reported their findings — and evidence for B-mode polarization of the cosmic microwave background indicating gravitational waves from inflation — the physics world has never been the same. Recently,…