Science Sunday

Science Sunday: Introducing Advanced LIGO, the Future of Gravitational Astronomy

On Tuesday, the LIGO Laboratory announced the completion of the Advanced LIGO detector array, which may finally be able to detect elusive gravitational waves. Gravitational waves are a consequence of Einstein’s General Relativity. They operate similar to other kinds of waves, and are thought to carry gravitational energy. Even though all objects with …

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Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Black Holes Aren’t That Scary Edition

I think gravity is the best fundamental force and that black holes are the best things. I don’t know if I’ve communicated that before. But it’s true, so you can imagine my excitement when I saw that one of my favorite YouTubers (YouTubelings?) made a new video devoted solely to …

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Science Sunday: Falling Through the Earth

Now that Mindy’s teaching everyone about gravity, I thought it would be fun to show the classic gravitational problem, “What happens if you fall though the center of the Earth?” It’s a very common problem, and the math isn’t too difficult. So let’s run through it, shall we? (If you …

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Science Sunday: Bohemian Gravity Explained, or, What is String Theory?

Unless you live under a rock that doesn’t have wifi for some reason, you’ve seen the scientific musical masterpiece that is Bohemian Gravity. Perhaps, after watching that glorious mix of harmonies and science, you were left admiring the beauty of the song, but wondering what, exactly, it was about. Well, …

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Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Space is a Pure Void. Why Should it be Stringy? Edition

Welp, it’s that time again. Time for another edition of Awesome Sauce Music Friday! You’ve no doubt already seen the song we’re featuring in this week’s installment. It’s been freaking everywhere. (Especially my Facebook wall. Because my friends are the most awesome friends.) But I love it so much; it’s …

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Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Up, Down, Strange, Charm, Top, Bottom Edition

Hello hello hello! Are you ready for another Awesome Sauce Music Friday? Yeah, I know you are. But I have to ask. You know. For legal reasons. I’ve seen this week’s song pop up on my Tumblr dash a few times as a gif set, but it never occurred to …

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The Physics Philes, lesson 33: I’ve Got the Momentum!

In which a gun recoils, a crappy diagram is drawn, and kinetic energy is differentiated. Last week I explained the basics of conservation of momentum. Today we’ll do a  problem to demonstrate this basic principle. I know you’re excited, so let’s get to it. We know that if a system …

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The Physics Philes, lesson 32: Save the Momenta!

In which laws of motion are revisited, momentum is conserved, and forces are classified. Last week was a big week for me on my journey to understanding physics. I started trigonometry, my first for-real math class in 10 years. Ten years. So I was a little busy doing further review …

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