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The Large Hadron Collider just started slamming protons together at close to its original design energy. Here are the answers to some really basic questions about this process that you might be asking when reading stories about the LHC.
Answers to some very basic questions that you might be asking as the LHC sees its first collisions at higher energies than ever before.
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+phxmarker mark Answers?  That is why they are 'unsolved'!
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A look at the essential playfulness of science, and how cool toys drew me into physics.
The best way to keep kids interested in science may be to remember that even for professional scientists, it's all about playing with toys.
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When physicists talk physics, we're always drawing little sketches of things. Here's a look at some of the ways we use pictures to talk about physics.

(New blog post at Forbes...)
A look at some of the things physicists draw on cocktail napkins and the backs of envelopes when we start talking about science.
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Very nice! 

I've never, ever seen anyone use an "embedding diagram" except when trying to teach nonphysicists about curved spacetime.  They just don't help much with serious work... unlike the others you listed.

It's nice to look at blackboards in math and physics departments and see how they're used, and see how much you can understand.  I bet chemistry has some nice blackboards too, but I don't go to that department!  :-(
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Kate and I went to see the new Avengers movie last night, which was... fine. The core idea could've been a really good movie, if it wasn't forced to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As it is, it does a good job of being a thing that I don't particularly want.
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Too often you must choose between a mediocre creation but exciting movie or a beautifully and cleverly boring movie. There are also a number of things which have giving you a choice in 3d which is not more interesting but at least is a technical presentation. It is a shame that we do not have a larger number of movies which are not only interesting but at least competent.
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How the return of nice sunny weather can be traced back to quantum physics. Because, you know, that's what I do...
It's a beautiful day outside, thanks to quantum physics.
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I don't think I've ever read the bit about tunneling phenomenon being essential for solar fusion! Nifty!
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The Sun will go out in a few billion years. But don't worry, SteelyKid has a plan to deal with that.
“Hey, Daddy, did you know that in five or six million years the Sun is going to explode.” “It’s five or six billion years, with a ‘b.'” “Right, in five or six billion years, the Sun’s going to explode.” “Well, a star like our Sun won’t really explode. It’ll swell up really big, probably swallow…
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I was just letting you know that the designer of the sun is in complete control. By observing how the universe or the orbit of our planet, how it keeps perfect time, you can let your daughter know not to worry about the sun blowing up and that the creator of all things good for life loves us all. The sun serves us we do not serve the sun!
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The latest in a loose series of posts about the exotic physics of everyday objects. Because when you think hard about the quantum physics involved, the fact that a light bulb produces a black-body spectrum is really pretty amazing.
Knowledge of quantum physics brings a sense of wonder to the operation of even something as simple as an incandescent light bulb.
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I have a camera that shoots 120 fps video, and I have a toy roller coaster that I use to motivate the introduction of energy as a concept in introductory mechanics. Two great tastes that taste great together! Or something.
One of the points I make repeatedly in teaching introductory mechanics (as I’m doing this term) is that absolutely every problem students encounter can, in principle, be solved using just Newton’s Laws or, in the terminology used by Matter and Interactions, the Momentum Principle. You don’t strictly need any of the other stuff we talk…
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Talking dogs, quantum physics, and Richard Thompson all mixed together together as I explain zero-point energy to Queen Emmy.
Why your dog can't blame quantum physics for her inability to stay still.
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Based on last week's lecture for UCALL, a look at what Einstein did that was genuinely revolutionary, which turns out not to be the theory we most strongly associate with him.
You probably know Albert Einstein as a revolutionary who transformed physics in 1905. Only, he wasn't, at least not for the reason you probably think.
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I ended up with an extra phone after last year's European trip, which I've kept to use as an e-reader, connecting only via wi-fi. This would be worth 20,000 pounds if I could just get it back to London... in 1714.
The extra smart phone I wound up with on a trip to London would be worth 20,000 pounds if I could just get it back to London... in 1714.
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Huh. I thought you were going to go with the value of a complete library back in 1714.
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One of the pitfalls of popularizing quantum physics is that the very weird phenomena that grab people's attention also make it seem remote and unimportant. In fact, though, quantum physics is essential for all sorts of everyday technologies and activities, starting with the alarm clock that wakes me up way too early every morning.
Quantum mechanics may seem like an abstract theory far removed from everyday experience, but in fact it's essential to something as mundane as an alarm clock.
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This is an awesome post!!!!
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Associate Professor, Union college Department of Physics and Astronomy
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    Associate Professor of Physics, 2001 - present
  • Yale University
    Postdoctoral Associate, 1999 - 2001
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Chad Orzel is an associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union College in Schenectady, NY. He is also the author of How to Teach Physics to Your Dog (Scribner, 2009), a popular-audience book explaining quantum mechanics through imaginary conversations with his dog, Emmy.
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  • University of Maryland, College Park
    Chemical Physics, 1993 - 1999
  • Williams College
    Physics, 1989 - 1993
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