Category Archives: Physics

From the Field: Behind the Scenes on SpaceX’s Launch of the Jason-3 Satellite

What was happening out-of-sight during Sunday‚Äôs SpaceX launch of Jason-3? These are my stories from reporting live on white rocket engulfed in a fog bank but without the internet connectivity to actually update in real-time. Find your way to a … Continue reading

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Things I Wrote This Week

For the past two months, I’ve been writing for the Space subsite on io9. If you haven’t checked it out before, here’s some stories stories from this week that you might find interesting: I get concerned about too many landslide … Continue reading

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Time Travel & Paradoxes: Continuum

I’ve started writing about science in fiction not just on my regular, tiny home, but over at Physics Today. The first column is about time travel and paradoxes in Continuum.

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Aerodynamics at LAX: discount flight terminal

The domestic discount flight terminal at LAX features almost nothing at all, yet does have diagrams for Bernoulli’s Theorum, and shock waves at the transonic barrier.

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Field Photo: Ice Columns

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Hexagonal columnar prism, the most basic form of a snow crystal. The six-fold symmetry is the consequence of the shape of water bonds; the facets managed to form so clearly due to very slow crystal growth. I dug this chunk … Continue reading

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Field Photo: Falling Trees

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Although it’s an even-bet which tree is coming down first, physics and gravity dictate the second will come down mere moments later.

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Tau Day

From the chatter within my social media networks, geoscientists like switching to the physically-intuitive tau (and thus celebrating Tau Day), while physicists are firmly in favour of sticking with pi. I’m happy to embrace both (can I ever have too … Continue reading

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Cloud Chamber coffee table

The participants for Open Science next week are an eclectic group of people. One linked to a table inspired by quantum mechanics; one day I want to build a cloud chamber coffee table. Can you imagine sipping morning tea and … Continue reading

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Geology is a Murder Mystery

Research is all about investigating mysteries, trying to understand the What, When, Where, and How of the universe (not the Why — motivation is a question for philosophy). My very first research project was observing and writing an orbital determination … Continue reading

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Poll: Plausibility of Theories

A Discovery Magazine blog is running a poll on confidence in various physics theories. Specifically, what likelihood do people assign to various theories being actually real and true. The comments are open to anyone to add their own opinions (go … Continue reading

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