Last week I wrote an intro to the theory of relativity for kids (and curious adults). I’ll be continuing this over the next several weeks. Click the link above to see the intro, or read ahead to learn more.
March 21st, 20131 Comment, All Posts, by Carter Bowles.
So you want to understand the theory of relativity, and you’re a kid? No problem. Let’s get started.
(If you’re a parent looking for some activities to help teach your kid, consider ordering Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids: His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities and Thought Experiments. And if you’re an adult who just wants to understand relativity, there’s no shame in reading on.)
February 28th, 2013No Comments, All Posts, by Carter Bowles.
Despite dispute in the media, the scientific consensus is almost unanimous: the world is getting warmer as a result of human activity. But the scientific consensus is so clouded by politics that it’s very difficult for the average person to figure out what’s going on. I’m sick and tired of this, so what follows is a (hopefully) refreshing taste of dryness on the subject. No opinions, just the scientific consensus.
February 20th, 20132 Comments, All Posts, by Carter Bowles.
It seems like a basic enough question, but when you realize that energy can’t be created or destroyed, things get less obvious fast. The knee-jerk reaction is to say that the light gets absorbed into the walls, but how? What does it even mean to say that light gets “absorbed?”
If I showed you a picture of an obscure person from your past, there’s a good chance you’d remember them, and even be able to tell me something about them. But if I asked you to sit down and write a list of all the people you knew, there’s a good chance you wouldn’t remember that person? Why?
January 31st, 2013No Comments, All Posts, by Carter Bowles.
Black holes are often described as collapsed stars with such an intense gravitational pull that nothing can escape. This begs the question: “How does gravity ‘escape’ the black hole in the first place?”
January 24th, 2013No Comments, All Posts, by Carter Bowles.
Some estimates put the number of North Americans and Europeans suffering from burnout at about ten percent. The word “burnout” might sound like flimsy psychobabble, but science is showing us differences between the brains of people suffering from it, and those who don’t.
Some call it exhaustion depression, and others call it work stress, but what is really happening, and what can we do about it?
December 19th, 2012No Comments, All Posts, by Carter Bowles.
Tau Ceti is the closest sun-like star in the galaxy. It’s only three times farther away than the nearest star system, it’s visible to the naked eye.
And there might be an earth-like planet orbiting it.
December 13th, 20126 Comments, All Posts, by Carter Bowles.
Believe it or not, there really is a difference between healthy brains and “mentally ill” brains. Unfortunately, it’s also true that some medications are over-prescribed, and some illnesses are over-diagnosed.
A new study has revealed that MRI scans can be used to diagnose mental disorders like depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, ADHD, and Tourettes, using a machine learning algorithm.
There is only a 1 in 10 million chance that the results of the study would occur by chance.
November 28th, 2012No Comments, All Posts, by Carter Bowles.
MIT physicists working at the LHC may have discovered a new kind of matter by accident. The existence of this type of matter, called “color-glass condensate,” was proposed shortly before the discovery.