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Gravity, or The Force That Makes Physicists Curse

Gravity behaves how Sir Isaac Newton described it: You jump up and gravity brings you back down to the ground. You reach the brow of a hill and gravity accelerates you down the other side. Simply put, gravity is a force that affects and changes the motion of things.  Or at least that’s what it… Continue reading Gravity, or The Force That Makes Physicists Curse

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Stars and Their Universal Symphony

Despite being unable to listen to it with our ears, the stars in the sky keep a melodious and constant concert. Large stellar bodies emit low and deep sounds, similar to those produced by terrestrial tubas and double basses. While small stars take pride in their high pitched voices, which resonate like heavenly flutes. But… Continue reading Stars and Their Universal Symphony

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Time: A Question of Infinite Speculation

Time, as a philosophical concept, deals with thought (or the measure of how far back we can remember things). In a universe full of things, we perceive changes, and through them, time. For all we know, things have changed, have been changing and will change regardless of ourselves, which makes it necessary for there to… Continue reading Time: A Question of Infinite Speculation

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On Dark Matter: Can We Eat It?

Spoiler alert: we can’t. 😦 I don't know what kind of thoughts must cross through the mind of an individual who bothers pondering upon these questions, but since I like to take pride in my lack of judgement towards people and their mental processes, I will offer my opinion (as a "serious physicist") on the… Continue reading On Dark Matter: Can We Eat It?

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Star Tales

Part II - The Neutron Star Found in the impressive constellation of Corona Australis alongside six other stellar bodies of great magnificence [1] lies the heroine of this story. Presently, she is the collapsed nucleus of a star, which means that she is a VERY small stellar body as well as a VERY dense one.… Continue reading Star Tales

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Simple or Complex: A Universal Approach

To put it simply, complexity is a wonderful thing. Not only because it involves diversity, but also because it is indispensable. Don’t believe me? Well, just look your surroundings. Everything you see overflows in details that serve as a testament to this quality. After all, it is thanks to complex factors that we can account… Continue reading Simple or Complex: A Universal Approach

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The Physics of the Present

What happens when you see something? Say, for the sake of argument, this sentence you are now reading. Dismissing the whole business of how the brain processes visual stimuli, let’s set our focus on the travel time of the information you receive. And to simplify matters even further, let's also ignore how atoms absorb and… Continue reading The Physics of the Present

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Star Tales

Part I - The White Dwarf About 120 million years ago or so, a small blue star joyfully moved in the vastness of the Cosmos. And this star, in spite of her small size of 5 solar masses, had a degree of vanity that surpassed in size even the biggest of stars. But why? It… Continue reading Star Tales