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A blog dedicated to science and all things wonderful, with a specific love to the emptiness of space and the field of physics. This is run by a 18 year old girl in university. I am an engineering major who wishes she had the brains to become a physicist. I'd be happy to talk to anyone, introduce yourself!
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Melting aluminum with an electromagnet.

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Melting aluminum with an electromagnet.

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classical physicists when they heard about planck’s theory probably

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Praying Mantis Rides Snail Through Borneo Jungle. (Photos by Nordin Seruyan/Barcroft Media)

this is so beautiful holy crap

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Polymer absorbs water and expands. It keeps almost the same refractive properties as water and appears invisible.

The polymer is Sodium Polyacrylate (thank you, thecraftychemist!)

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this is pretty neat :)

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We are creatures of the cosmos and have always hungered to know our origins to understand our connection with the universe. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.
Carl Sagan (via sci-universe)

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humanoidhistory:

How do you get to space? Practice, practice, practice. Clipped from the 1962 NASA film Voyage of Friendship 7.

humanoidhistory:

How do you get to space? Practice, practice, practice. Clipped from the 1962 NASA film Voyage of Friendship 7.

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I got a migraine and threw up because of this

i cant sleep cause of this now

what

i feel…i dont feel real anymore

…I don’t even understand the above comments at all?

Like… math is not something artifical that humans made up. Math is something that is existant in the universe that humans have observed and documented. Why are people surprised and upset to see it turn up ‘in nature’? Where the fuck do you think it COMES FROM?

This is like freaking out because you learned that the eggs you ate for breakfast come from chickens.

It’s kind of weird how many people have this reaction. Like… I remember people getting really angry about pi, because “why do I have to learn how to do shit with some stupid arbitrary number people picked.” Just… no. pi is a thing because it is observed as a number that shows up repeatedly. It’s just a fact of the world that we have noticed and can then apply to other things.

It really shows a fundamental misunderstanding of the purpose of math (which has a lot to do with how we teach it). Yes, it can be used for the things we learn about (like creating things using mathematical principles), but at the core it’s about understanding how the world fits together all on its own.

FYI to everyone, if you want a good place to start peeling back the layers of math, try learning a different base system. We work with base ten most often (numbers grouped into tens), and binary is fairly common (those zeroes and ones programmers won’t shut up about). If you can wrap your mind around the idea of base 6, where our 5 is represented as 5, but our 6 is represented as 10 (7 is 11), you’ll start to get a good idea of exactly how numbers represent the concept of “an amount of things.”

This is one of those times where I find myself in awe of the lens mathematics provides us. If my Calculus classes were taught like this— hell, if ANY math classes were taught like this— I wouldn’t feel like spooning my eyes out of my skull in frustration (because I can’t visualize the language math uses).

I FUCKING LOVE MATHS

WHY AM I SO BAD AT IT

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science.

i think my brain just exploded

science side of tumblr, please explain

Air on bottom go woosh. Air on top go woosh. Air on front go woosh. Little plane stay still.

Thank you, science side of tumblr.

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thenewenlightenmentage:

Mathematical Beauty Activates Same Brain Region as Great Art or Music
People who appreciate the beauty of mathematics activate the same part of their brain when they look at aesthetically pleasing formula as others do when appreciating art or music, suggesting that there is a neurobiological basis to beauty.
There are many different sources of beauty – a beautiful face, a picturesque landscape, a great symphony are all examples of beauty derived from sensory experiences. But there are other, highly intellectual sources of beauty. Mathematicians often describe mathematical formulae in emotive terms and the experience of mathematical beauty has often been compared by them to the experience of beauty derived from the greatest art.
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Mathematical Beauty Activates Same Brain Region as Great Art or Music

People who appreciate the beauty of mathematics activate the same part of their brain when they look at aesthetically pleasing formula as others do when appreciating art or music, suggesting that there is a neurobiological basis to beauty.

There are many different sources of beauty – a beautiful face, a picturesque landscape, a great symphony are all examples of beauty derived from sensory experiences. But there are other, highly intellectual sources of beauty. Mathematicians often describe mathematical formulae in emotive terms and the experience of mathematical beauty has often been compared by them to the experience of beauty derived from the greatest art.

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kenobi-wan-obi:

A Decade of Saturn by David Kolb

Here is an animation of Saturns rings covering a ten year time span from 2003 through 2013. The images were taken with an eight inch Meade Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, and various web cameras.

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Expedition 38 flight engineer Rick Mastracchio helps troubleshoot a faulty ammonia pump as a part of a contingency EVA.

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One of the cutest mushrooms I’ve seen????

Schizophyllum Commune mushroom

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Stephan’s Quintet

Distance: 300 million light-years away

The first identified compact galaxy group, Stephan’s Quintet is featured in this stunning image from the Hubble Space Telescope. About 300 million light-years away, only four galaxies of the group are actually locked in a cosmic dance of repeated close encounters.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

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