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The Physics of Music

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These patterns are made with nothing but sound. They are standing wave patterns or Chladni patterns, after the German physicist Ernst Chladni...
Gravity's Revenge

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An artist's drawing a black hole named Cygnus X-1. It formed when a large star caved in. This black hole pulls matter from blue star beside it. This black hole was formed when the star circling the blue giant went supernova...
Elementary Particle Tracks

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The image here is one of particle tracks made inside a particle accelerator. Each squiggly line is made by an elementary particle...
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Andromeda Galaxy

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This is the Andromeda Galaxy. It is located 2.5 million light years from earth and it is the closest spiral galaxy and the largest galaxy in our local group of galaxies. It is visible to the naked eye...
Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle

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The HUP is important in quantum mechanics. It states that you cannot determine the position and the momentum (or velocity) of a particle at the same time. If you determine the momentum, the position is uncertain and vice-versa...
Structural Similarities in Nature

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I recently came across an article about a study about the similarities between the internal structure of neurons in our brain and the arrangement of filaments of matter between galaxy clusters in the universe...
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Bubble Rings

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Bubble rings are underwater vortex rings of air. The water spins around the vortex ring keeping it stable.
The faster the bubble ring spins, the more stable it becomes.
Dolphins and whales can create bubble rings quite easily and they seem to enjoy playing with them...
Stripes for Life

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Zebras have a distinctive black and white pattern, you would think this makes them highly visible but the stripes actually act as camouflage.
The wavy lines on the zebra act to break up the shape of the animal, making it blend in the background...
Lightning Strike

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In the ocean there lurks a creature that can produce light from sound waves, It is called the Pistol shrimp and it is one of the the loudest creatures in the ocean, its sound is as loud or louder than the song of the great whales...
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