Tagged: gravity

Black holes aren’t totally black, and other insights from Stephen Hawking’s groundbreaking work - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 20, 2018

Christoph Adami, Michigan State University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Mathematical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking was best known for his work exploring the relationship between black holes and quantum physics. A black hole is the remnant of a dying supermassive star that’s fallen into itself; these remnants contract … Read More

Explainer: why you can hear gravitational waves when things collide in the universe - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 14, 2018

David Blair, University of Western Australia This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Whenever there’s an announcement of a new discovery of gravitational waves there is usually an accompanying sound, such as this: We have only detected half a dozen signals so far. The first five are black holes whose … Read More

Jupiter: scientists spot pentagon pattern of cyclones – and unlock secrets of the planet’s interior - Guest Work

Guest Work Mar 09, 2018

Andrew Coates, UCL This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. We all recognise Jupiter by its banded pattern of counter-rotating zones and belts – this can be seen even with small garden telescopes. These stunning structures are powered by fast jet streams that are visible in the planet’s clouds. But what … Read More

More bad news for dinosaurs: Chicxulub meteorite impact triggered global volcanic eruptions on the ocean floor - Guest Work

Guest Work Feb 12, 2018

Leif Karlstrom, University of Oregon and Joseph Byrnes, University of Minnesota This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The end of the Cretaceous period 66 million years ago was a rough time to be living on Earth. Three global catastrophes occurred nearly simultaneously: The Chicxulub meteorite slammed into … Read More

When energy conservation doesn’t add up (or does it?) - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Sep 23, 2014

In the last few weeks holes have been popping up all over Cambridge. They are being dug by 'ditch-witches'  - pieces of machinery designed for making small-diameter tunnels for cabling - as part of the installation of fibre-optic cables for the much vaunted ultra-fast broadband. A ditch-witch is about the ultimate in machinery-obsessed-toddler heaven. We've been avidly … Read More

How big is an atom? - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Jan 08, 2014

I started back at work on Monday thinking that it would be a nice, peaceful day, with no-one else around on campus. Surely, on a beautiful, sunny, 6th January, the entire of Hamilton except for myself would be on the beach at Raglan. Wow, was I mistaken. The campus was buzzing with activity and there was a constant stream … Read More

Gravity: I really wanted to be head over heels - Guest Work

Guest Work Oct 14, 2013

by Paul Behrens The new mega blockbuster is not shy of busting through a few laws of physics. The new, space-based action film Gravity was released in New Zealand last week to rave reviews. Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney the film follows the trials of two astronauts after they are cast adrift in orbit when attempting … Read More

Gravity goes downwards - Physics Stop

Marcus Wilson Aug 06, 2013

Yesterday afternoon I was engaged in a spot of DIY - putting up some shelves. Even for me, as someone who takes to DIY like a duck to mountaineering, it's a fairly simple task, and I'm pleased to say that I got there without the 'do' in DIY turning into 'destroy'. With the help of my trusty stud-finder (Karen - … Read More