Tag: physics

Secrets of the Ice: Thermodynamics of Why Salt Melts Ice

Winter is a time for removing snow, and one fail safe go to is ice. Every winter the road crews bring out the ice trucks to help make driving conditions safer. Homeowners, as well, may salt their drives and sidewalks to prevent injury and accidents on their properties. Sure, we could dust the road and …

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Pluto….The Planet? The Debate Rages On

Back in 2006, the International Astronomic Union passed a resolution to adopt a new, formal definition of a “planet.” According to their standards, bodies that orbit the Sun, are spherical, do not orbit other bodies and have cleared their orbits can be deemed “planets.” It was when this ruling was made that Pluto became known …

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Lily Pads Know About Surface Tension

A picturesque feature of many ponds is the lily pad. One glance at Monet’s famous paintings and you’ll see that water lilies are beautiful, delicate, and unusual, floating on the surface of the water. Water lilies are unique plants that have adapted to their watery environment and harness the power of surface tension to keep …

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The Science of Jumping

For athletes participating in many sports, the ability to jump higher could be the difference between getting a lot of playing time and sitting the bench. Jumping, from a physics standpoint, is more complex than these athletes realize. The action combines energy, inertia, mass, and momentum, with physiological and biomechanical factors. Understanding the science that …

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The Doomsday Clock: What Is It, and Is All Hope Really Lost?

For the first time, the Doomsday Clock moved 30 seconds closer to midnight, placing it two-and-a-half minutes to midnight, according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. The move was made by the group on Jan. 26, and it was determined by the Bulletin’s Science and Security Board. A team of experts, which including 15 …

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Vanderbilt Professor Helps Discover 117th Element, ‘Tennessine’

Move over, 116. The 117th element on the Periodic Table of Elements has just been discovered by researchers from Vanderbilt University, as well as scientists from other schools and laboratories around the globe. Joseph Hamilton, a professor at the college, fittingly suggested that the element be named “tennessine.” Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the …

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An Interview with Edward Kim, a Nanoscientist, Physicist, and Science Geek

Edward Kim, or Eddie, is an undergraduate at University of Guelph — that’s in Canada, for those of you that don’t know. Eddie is studying nanoscience, and is minoring in physics. He hasn’t always been in nanosciences, or even physics. In fact, Eddie has a passion and love of just about every science, and loves …

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