Tag Archive | physics

How to Shapeshift

This is an interesting video from rusty about the physics of shape-shifting.

Find out how real science can enable us to alter our own genetic structure just as Mystique and Beast Boy do in the latest episode of Science Friction.

Is The Universe A Computer?

Do we live in a complicated computer?

Are we now in The Matrix ?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is about everything. Life, the Universe, everything.

If you’ve read these amazing books, you know the answer is 42, but what’s the question?

To find out what the question was, they built a giant computer we call Earth. And though it seems silly, perhaps Douglas Adams was correct, and that not just earth, but the WHOLE UNIVERSE is an incredibility complex computational system, processing the answer to some unknown question. The universe IS made up of information, similar to a computer, and physics (you know, the basis of the universe) certainly is based on computational principles.

But is it running some grand program? Will the answer be 42? Make sure you have your towel, and watch the episode!

The basics of boson

This is an interesting video from TedEd about particle physics and about the Higgs boson.

In 2012, scientists at CERN discovered evidence of the Higgs boson.

The what? The Higgs boson is one of two types of fundamental particles and is a particular game-changer in the field of particle physics, proving how particles gain mass. Using the Socratic method, CERN scientists Dave Barney and Steve Goldfarb explain the exciting implications of the Higgs boson.

How Big Can a Person Get?

An interesting video from Vsauce about how big can we get, and how can we mesure our impact.

Quantum Mechanics

This is an interesting post about what is quantum mechanics, after so many years after discovering it.

Even the professional understanding of quantum mechanics is “embarrassing”, says cosmologist Sean Carroll.
Read Sean’s blog on this subject at http://bit.ly/V1SUpV and the full paper at http://arxiv.org/abs/1301.1069

Will Space Travel Save Us All?

This is an interesting post about the possible future of space travel and the overview effect.

Will Space travel change our perspective on the human condition?

Space, also known as The Final Frontier, has been in our collective dreams and fantasies for decades. Who WOULDN’T want to blast into space, experience zero gravity, or walk on the moon?! But with limited funding to NASA, the day that had been promised to us for years (in addition to flying cars and hover boards), seems no closer now than it did 30 years ago. BUT WAIT! Could private research and funding be the future of galactic exploration? And maybe once we are all able to see the earth from a distance, we’ll all gain some much needed perspective. So keep on truckin’ Elon Musk, for humanity’s sake.

The overview effect, as defined by wikipedia :

The Overview Effect is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts and cosmonauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from orbit or from the lunar surface. Third-hand observers of these individuals may also report a noticeable difference in attitude.

Schrödinger’s Cat

This video from minutephysics we get an explanation about Schrödinger’s cat problem.

In this episode we discuss Schrödinger’s cat, quantum entanglement, and our perception of reality.

Is it Better to Walk or Run in the Rain?

This is an interesting video from minutephysics about the question if you should walk or run in the rain, from a physics point of view.

Shedding light on dark matter

In this video from TedEd we get more information about the dark matter.

Physicist Patricia Burchat sheds light on two basic ingredients of our universe: dark matter and dark energy. Comprising 96% of the universe between them, they can’t be directly measured, but their influence is immense.

Does the Universe Have a Purpose?

What is the purpose of the Universe?

This is the question that minutephysics is trying to answer in this short video (from physics point of view).

Neil deGrasse Tyson was asked by the Templeton Foundation to answer the question “Does the Universe Have a Purpose”. Then he read his answer aloud and I drew some pictures for it.