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A Lunar Event you can't Miss!

The moon does some strange things if you haven't noticed! And something very strange is happening this Saturday, April 4th! A so called, "Blood Moon", is to occur that will be the shortest of the century, these are very rare occurrences that are very interesting to examine. The blood moon occurs only when the sun, moon and earth are lined up perfectly with the earth in the middle. The earth as it lines up with the sun casts a large shadow which then envelopes the moon as it passes into the ea

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Weather God's!!! Or almost weather god's...

Every night at 11 o'clock that not-so-trusted weather man or lady steps onto your screen wearing some type of unappealing weather motif article of clothing trying to convince you about just what is going to happen tomorrow in our little portion of the atmosphere. Now they could be using a crystal ball as far as we know until they bring up that BIG screen full of moving green blobs that mesmerizes us into believing whatever they say. What exactly is this weather map showing us though? For all

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Physics of being a Brace-Face

The epitome of the awkward teen years is of course braces. Almost everyone in the world could use braces, my orthodontist assures me of this, since basically no one in the world has perfectly aligned teeth. The science of orthodontics though requires lots of applications of physics to get the job done! I myself went through the torture of braces for the last four years, beginning with a devilish instrument called a pendulum. Now a pendulum is not anything like a pendulum in a clock that swing

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Lightning Rods! Saviors of the Modern World!

When lighting strikes where do you run??? To the building with the giant metal pole shooting into the sky right? The answer is yes as counter-intuitive as it sounds, lightning rods have been around for hundreds of years to protect buildings that could otherwise be quickly destroyed by a severe strike. But just how does a all object we'd think to run away from protect us? The answer lies with one of the founding fathers. Ben Franklin, the genius inventor, ambassador and lover of so-called, "ai

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The Physics Behind Shoes Part III: Stilleto's

Stiletto's may seem like a strange shoe to examine after running athletic style shoes like running shoes or spikes, but the physics behind stiletto's is also very interesting. Stiletto's are so interesting because they put all the force of a standing person into a tiny area meaning an enormous amount of pressure! For example the average area of two stiletto's heel is about .01 meter squared, if you say the girl wearing the shoe is 120 pounds, (54.4 kg), she has a force of 533 Newton's on the

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The Physics Behind Shoes Part II: Running Spikes

Slip on a pair of running spikes and just like that you're running sub-four-minute-miles! Or so you wish. In reality though spikes can help a lot with runners who want to cut down on their time, spikes you physics to give an advantage to runners! That is why in this blog we will be examining the physics of running spikes. Everyone knows the simple idea of friction, and that the more of it the less you slip! So having rubber socks you would slide much less than if you were in just some cotton

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The Physics Behind Shoes Part I: Running Shoes

Nowadays people throw out HUGE amounts of money for running shoes, spikes and many other types of shoes, and they all have unique purposes for whatever it is you are doing! I decided to take a look at a number of shoes in a series of blog posts and examine just how these sports companies use physics to make their shoes the best technical shoes in the market! In this blog we will examine just the generic running shoe and what must be considered in making it. Any sort of running shoe you have t

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Halogen Lights Brigthen Up your Day!

Recently I was down at my grandfathers house and while I was there I helped my grandfather change out some lights, but these were halogen lights! After hearing my grandfather complain for some time about how there are too many different light bulbs now a days I got to thinking what makes halogen lights so darn special? I got to looking in on it to see how exactly halogen lights worked and found some interesting things. I found that both a regular light bulb and halogen light bulbs have a tung

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Applications of Static Electricity may Shock you!

I know that was a horrible pun, but in truth besides all those 3rd grade science experiments you did in elementary school static electricity can be extremely useful. I think the most interesting application of static electricity was its use in reducing carbon emission. You see large factories would use the basic idea of static electricity in their smokestacks to reduce pollution into the atmosphere. They do this in a pretty ingenious way, first they have an electrically charged metal grid tha

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Physics Toaster

You wake up in a haze in the morning and drowsily walk down the stairs take out some whole wheat bread and pop it into the toaster to be pleased by the sight of evenly browned toast in 45 to 90 seconds. What you didn't realize was physics was the reason your toast was made so well! It may sound silly but any normal toaster uses physics to make your morning snack. A toaster usually is made up of a simple circuit constituting of a power source, the plug in the wall, a giant resistor and a simpl

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That's a Gator!

Day dreaming in class lead me to thinking about one day how I wanted to visit Australia, this logically led me to thinking of Crocodile Dundee, which then ofcourse led to crocodiles. And then with my physics mind I asked myself... just how bad is a gator bite??? Then I got to researching. I found some very impressive statistics on the subject, the first being that the force of a crocodile bite is as much as 22,000 Newtons!!! This compared to other biting animals such as a shark (3,600 N) give

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Wraaaaaaaaaastling w/physics PART II

I talked about in a previous blog post about the physics that goes into getting an effective and violent take down, but I realized I could apply even more of my physics knowledge to this specific case. Because I know I can find the momentum of a system of two wrestlers during a takedown!!!!!! How awesome. Lets start. The equation for momentum is of course p = mv, p being momentum, m being mass and v being velocity. I know mass pretty easily since we wrestle in weight classes, I am 170 pounds

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Drag Force... in water!

I recently realized how happy I am that I wrestle instead of swim, that is because not only would I have to wear a more embarrassing outfit than I do now, but I also would have to shave my legs! AHHHHHHHH! Why do swimmers go to such outrageous measures to make themselves look like fools you ask! The answer is they have to battle the incredible effects of friction in the water! You might think this sounds crazy, how could water have such a large force of friction, but it does and it makes all

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Iceberg Aircraft Carrier???

You heard me right!!! Back in the 1940's the British made a GENUISE plan to counter the massive damage caused by German U Boats in the Atlantic, and with steel shorthand at the time what was the best resource to use??? You guessed it! Water! But not just regular water, FROZEN water! I know exciting. But it was not just frozen water, but actually a combination of water and wood pulp known as pykrete, the Operation name was Project Habakkuk and the idea was that the ship would be able to be che

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Wraaaaaaaaaaaastling .... w/physics

In desperation for blog posts I realized that I had a gold mine before me! That gold mine is the sport of wrestling! This favorite past time of mine incudes many physics principals as while brute strength may help, using leverage is the best way to win. So for this post let's examine one of the most basic wrestling moves out there... the double leg! The double leg a simple move where the attacker will shoot into his opponents legs, his head will be on the left side and with his arms he swings

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Hover Boards are 4 REAL KIDS!

If you have 10,000 dollars lying around... And much more than that, I recently learned about this development of hover boards in a Time Magazine article talking about the 25 best inventions of 2014, and figured I should share it with the physics blogging world. So just who is developing such an amazing product! None other then Hendo Hover a company devoted to using electromagnetism to create hover technology. This certain kind of technology they have specifically trademarked, that is "Magn

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Why does the Navy like physics so much???

As a senior in high school I am expected to have a, "plan" for what it is next in my life, and while it is not concrete yet I know wherever I go it will be in the US Navy. When I started the process of applying to the US Naval Academy and the Naval ROTC scholarship I was surprised by the emphasis put on physics and engineering sciences. I asked one admissions member from the Naval Academy if I should put any type of engineering on my list of majors I am interested in. He then went on to tell

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Correcting my lies

In a previous blog post I may have said nothing ever ever ever can leave a black hole. I actually said exactly this, but this guy named Stephen Hawking has been telling me different. Particle production is to blame for this dilemma. You see quantum physics describes in very fancy terms how particles are created for micro-seconds all over the universe all the time. So say one of these particles and its anti-particle is created just on the event horizon of a black hole and one of the pieces fal

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Atleast You're Not in a Black Hole

Many people complain about their lives, but there is always a bright side, or maybe a not so bright side because you are not in a black hole! (did you catch that one). You see there are a lot of bad things about being in a black hole, the first being you have no chance of ever getting out. Since after the event horizon nothing can ever ever ever escape. (I may disprove this in a later blog post but for now believe me) At the event horizon you are being sucked in faster than the speed of light

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Physics From American Sniper

Having read the book, American Sniper, I was excited as anyone when the movie came out and many people have now become interested in the story of the most deadly American Sniper ever. I thought about some of what he does in the book and realized how much his shooting has to do with physics as he accounts for the different changes in elevation, wind and even temperature to where his bullet lands. In the book he goes to a special school where they teach him much of the science behind landing th

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