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Tick-Tock Atomic Clock

Modern navigators rely on atomic clocks. Instead of old-style springs or pendulums, the natural resonances of atoms -- usually cesium or rubidium -- provide the steady 'tick' of an atomic clock. The ... Continue reading

24 GPS satellites orbit Earth.

Does Your Brain Do Flips?

You may not be aware of it, but when you look at the world, the image projected on your retina is upside down. This is due to the optics used by our eyes. Our brain compensates for this upside down ... Continue reading

Normal Sight: Normal ray tracing of light to the retina. Shows image will 'flip'.

With Pinhole: Ray tracing of pin through pinhole; a shadow is cast on the retina.

Your Own Personal Rainbow?

Did you know that no two people ever see the very same rainbow? It's true. Rainbows are formed when light enters a water droplet, reflects once inside the droplet, and is reflected back to our eyes ... Continue reading

Rainbow Ark

The Equivalence Principle

Four hundred years ago--or so the story goes--Galileo Galilei started dropping things off the Leaning Tower of Pisa: Cannon balls, musket balls, gold, silver and wood. He might have expected the ... Continue reading

More Physics Facts


Atmospheric :

  1. Coming In Strong On Your AM Dial
  2. Does Earth Have Its Own Neon Sign?
  3. Somewhere Over Which Rainbow?
  4. Sonic Boom
  5. The Coriolis Effect
  6. The Doppler Effect
  7. The Sound of Turbulence
  8. Your Own Personal Rainbow?

Classical Mechanics:

  1. Can You Miss the Earth?
  2. Don't Make Waves
  3. What Makes a Frisbee Fly?
  4. Why Does A Golf Ball Have Dimples?
  5. Your Serve

Electricity:

Fundamentals:

  1. Bizarre Boiling
  2. Galileo Thermometers
  3. Get the Point?
  4. How Fast is Mach 1?
  5. How Lasers Work
  6. Kinetic Theory of Gases
  7. Many Happy Returns!
  8. Newton's First Law of Motion
  9. Newton's Three Laws of Motion
  10. The Fourth State of Matter
  11. The Physics of Sandcastles
  12. The Weakest Force
  13. Tick-Tock Atomic Clock
  14. Torque
  15. What Is An Atom?
  16. What Is Radiofrequency Energy (Rf)?
  17. X-Rays - Another Form of Light

Magnetism:

  1. Earth's Magnetism

Nonlinear Dynamics & Chaos:

  1. Poincare's Chaos

Optics:

  1. Delivered by TIR
  2. Does Your Brain Do Flips?
  3. Quick Change Artist
  4. Single Molecule Electroluminescence
  5. Ultraviolet Light

Quantum Mechanics:

  1. Antimatter Discovery
  2. Neutrinos to the Rescue
  3. Quarks
  4. The Early Universe Soup
  5. The Equivalence Principle
  6. The World's Largest Laser

Radioactivity:

  1. Carbon Dating From The Skies
  2. Fission and Fusion
  3. Nuclides & Isotopes
  4. When Do We Encounter Ionizing Radiation In Our Daily Lives?

Solid State:

  1. Can Wint-O-Green Lifesavers® Light up Your Life?

Thermodynamics:

  1. Ultraviolet Light