Category Archives: Science

Why It’s Impossible To Pull Apart Interleaved Phone Books

“People, trucks and even military tanks have tried and failed the task of pulling apart two phone books lying face up with their pages interleaved, like a shuffled deck of cards. While physicists have long known that this must be … Continue reading

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Slow Motion Contact Explosive – Nitrogen Triiodide

“Nitrogen triiodide is a highly unstable substance that detonates when disturbed. So we disturbed it. Nitrogen triiodide is so unstable that even something like a mosquito landing on it can set it off. Three iodine atoms cluster around one side … Continue reading

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Definitions Of Fact, Theory, And Law In Scientific Work

Over at the National Centre for Science Education, they have a handy little explainer of what a Fact, Theory, Hypothesis, and Law is in scientific work. These terms are often misunderstood by people who don’t work in the field, so it’s … Continue reading

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The Feynman Lectures On Physics

Richard Feynman was a brilliant Nobel prize winning physicist, well known throughout the field and beyond. His lectures were legendary, and now for the first time, all of them are available to read, for free, online, courtesy of Caltech and … Continue reading

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Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Are you getting enough sleep? Most likely not, but even if you are, are you sleeping naturally? The above image, from Scientific American, was created by Dwayne Godwin and drawn by Jorge Cham, of PHD Comics fame, and briefly explains … Continue reading

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2015 Perseids Meteor Shower

It’s that time of year again! The 2015 Perseid meteor shower will peak from tonight onwards. For more information on the Perseids, check out the following articles: BBC. The Guardian. Earth Sky. Despite it being near optimal conditions to view … Continue reading

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What Physics Teachers Get Wrong About Tides

“Everything you’ve learned about tides is WRONG. We know that gravity affects the motion of all objects equally – so why are oceans the only bodies of water with tides? Join Gabe on this week’s episode of PBS Space Time … Continue reading

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