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The Large Hadron Collider

The new LHC particle accelerator in Geneva is operating at 480 bunches per beam. A bunch is about a hundred billion protons, each one carrying the energy of about a mosquito in flight. When put together, 480 of these bunches have the energy of a 20,000 ton aircraft carrier going at 3 knots. When the … Continue reading »

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On Induction

I recently read a book that introduced me to the concept of induction. The theory and philosophy of knowledge, known to smarty pants as epistemology, is a rich and complex field of study where bearded men in ivory towers lined with mahogany think for years upon years without really going outside, therefore kind of losing … Continue reading »

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Parallax

Fictitious scenario: My science project is due tomorrow! I’m supposed to talk about stars, and planets, and such! Better run to Wikipedia and grab some quick facts. (Note: I do not advocate the use of Wikipedia for academic research, but it’s sometimes a good place to start to familiarize yourself with a topic) According to … Continue reading »

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All it Takes is One Mind

I posted this on Facebook a few days ago, but I really wanted it to be my first blog post. Einstein formulated the general theory of relativity in 1916. It made predictions that he didn’t live to witness proven: Gravitational deflection of light by a massive body (gravitational lensing) Perihelion shift of Mercury’s orbit The … Continue reading »

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