Tag: nuclear physics


Why do things burn?

Burning, technically known as combustion, is a chemical reaction where a substance combines with oxygen and releases energy in the form of heat and light, which we see as flames. The substance starts off in a higher energy state, and by combining with oxygen ends up in a lower energy state.

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Who ‘discovered’ the Atom ?

The simplest of experiences can hatch eureka moments. Legend has it that despite all his inherited wealth and global travels, the ancient Greek philosopher Democritus hit upon one of the most fundamental of ideas in physics while sitting in the comfort of his own home.

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What Causes the Pull of Gravity ?

One of the most common and baffling science questions is “how does gravity work?”. If you too find yourself confused then rest assured you’re in good company … even Sir Isaac Newton admitted he was baffled by gravity. In this article we look at Einsteins solution to this conundrum.

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Seeing Neutrinos

What would you say if we said that you were able to see Neutrinos – small sub-atomic particles – with the naked eye.I don’t think you’d believe us. So it will come as a surprise that one of the smallest and lightest of particles can be observed by anyone with a pair of eyes.

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Are We Capable of Understanding the Universe ?

The pursuit of science is based on the belief that the explanations we seek are comprehensible to the human brain. But supposing they’re not? What if no human brain is well enough equipped to understand the universe. What if we are fooling ourselves?

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We are Stardust …

We are Stardust … the chemical elements that make up our bodies, originated, with one exception, in the turbulent body of a star

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How does a Nuclear Bomb work ?

Ever wondered how a nuclear bomb works? Here we look at the physics behind two types of these horrific devices: The Atom (or Fission) bomb and the Hydrogen (or Fusion) bomb.

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