Where Exactly Did the Big Bang Actually Happen?

When you think of the big bang, that cosmic explosion that jump started the ever expanding universe as we know it, it's only natural to imagine it as a single point. One corner of space that just blew up into the galactic being. But where was it? Read More >>

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One of the Basic Rules of Maths You Learned at School Is Wrong

There are probably a lot of things you learned in school that you don't even remember, but the "order of operations" — also known as PEMDAS — is likely to be one that stuck with you; you'll mess up even simple equations without it. The catch? Well, it's wrong. Read More >>

How Parallel Universes Actually Work, Scientifically

Parallel universes are basically the most popular trope in science fiction, because Batman and Spider-Man in alternate universe costumes are awesome, and also human life is inherently full of awful, soul-crushing regret. But how does the science actually work? Read More >>

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Gravity Doesn't Work How You Think It Does, and Other Common Misconceptions

Most of us grew up believing that gravity is just the mass of two objects attracting each other. We probably still think that, really, since who spends their time reading up on gravity? Well, that's WRONG. Read More >>

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Here's What's Missing from a High School Physics Education

If you want to be a world leader in science and technology, it's important that your kids learn all about the science that makes technology work, right? Physics forms the backbone of our understanding of the universe, but our high school physics curriculum are more than a little lacking when it comes to things from the past 150 years. Read More >>

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How Real-Life Physics Fakes Telekinesis

We all know telekinesis can't be real. As hard as you try, you can't will the remote into your hand from five feet away, at least not in this reality. But still, all kinds of seemingly telekinetic forces operate around us all the time. How do they do that? Read More >>

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Why Is the Sky Dark at Night?

The answer to that question seems easy: Because it's night, duh. But on second thought, you'll remember the sky is actually littered with stars, and even though our sun is pretty close, it seems like a few hundred thousand (Hundred million? Hundred trillion?!) other stars should at least put out a better glow. Read More >>

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How To Simulate the Universe On Your Laptop

The universe is a huge, complex, beautiful-yet-terrifying place, and we've spent a lot of time studying it. While some of the more complex models of the universe call for super-computers and tons of processor power, MinutePhysics has one you can run on your laptop. Read More >>

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Which Olympic "Throwing" World Record Required the Most Power?

The Olympics are full of beefy men and women throwing heavy things long distances. That's just good television. But which event takes the most power to compete in? MinutePhysics broke down the numbers for the world records in the shot put, javelin, discus, and hammer throw. (Spoiler: It's called the hammer throw. What did you think was going to win?) [YouTube] Read More >>

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The Craziest Number You'll See About the Higgs Boson Discovery

So, sure, the Higgs "discovery" wasn't really a discovery. More "scientific fact checking," as our friends at MinutePhysics put it. But in the course of explaining all that, the number they dropped on our heads about confirming the existence of the Higgs statistically was mind-blowing: Statistical confirmation for the new particle required 600 million particle collisions—every second—for two years. Holy crap. [YouTube] Read More >>

A Simple Explanation of How All Mass in the Universe Is Allowed to Exist

The Higgs boson discovery is a good excuse to learn a bit (and just a bit) about why it was so damn important in the first place. By now, you've probably heard that the Higgs is the final piece of the standard model of physics. But what does that actually mean? Read More >>

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A Really Simple Explanation of What This Higgs Boson Thing Is

So yesterday, science found "the God particle." But, uh, if you didn't already know what that was. then no problem. Here's part one of the MinutePhysics rundown, for the drunkards, dullards, and otherwise uninformed. [YouTube] Read More >>

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The One-Minute Explanation of Einstein's Most Famous Equation: E=mc2

Most of us don't know much about Einstein. Minutephysics has spent the past month trying to beat a little context into our pea-sized dummy brains beyond, like, E=mc2. But it's about time we got to learning the big one. Read More >>

How Einstein Fixed All of Physics with the Special Theory of Relativity

The Special Theory of Relativity. It's the most famous thing the most famous physicist ever did, but what makes it so special? Turns out, it helped prove that we could, uhh, move. Seriously. Here's the latest in MinutePhysics' crusade to educate the stupid, stupid world about Einstein. [MinutePhysics] Read More >>

What Einstein Actually Said About Light Particles

When someone says Einstein, you think "E=mc2," Relativity, and funny haircuts. But most of us don't have a clue about the specific scientific contributions he made. That ain't right. So here's Minute Physics breaking down one of the scientific breakthroughs that turned the German patent clerk into a Nobel Prize winner. [MinutePhysics] Read More >>

How to Weigh a Million £ Without a Scale (Or Any Pounds)

In physics, approximations are important. Developing a predictive model for how something will move/behave/react based on information from another object or scenario can provide a helpful frame of reference. To illustrate this point, the always excellent YouTube series MinutePhysics shows us how to weigh a million dollar bills without having a scale; a single bill, or the knowledge of how much a dollar weighs. Read More >>


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