Video putting in perspective the discovery of a free-floating exoplanet.

References:

The paper – http://arxiv.org/pdf/1210.0305v1.pdf

Article by the BBC on the discovery – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20309762

Resource for exoplanet data – http://exoplanets.org/

On the location of exoplanets in the sky –

http://phl.upr.edu/library/media/mapofnearbystarswithexoplanets

potcast by NASA scientist about exoplanet discovery –

http://astrophysics.gsfc.nasa.gov/outreach/podcast/wordpress/index.php/2009/03/03/march-3-2009-theres-no-place-like-home-yet/

prediction of future exoplanet discoveries –

http://phl.upr.edu/library/notes/about40potentiallyhabitableworldsbytheendof2015

Great resource of space images – http://anikoo.deviantart.com/

article about brown dwarfs –

http://news.discovery.com/space/radio-wave-emitting-failed-star-is-a-cool-puzzle-120501.htm

Planet Candidates –

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/kepler/news/kepler_data_release.html

Video on planet formation, Planetary Formation Animation: James Webb Space Telescope Science –

Also See:

Website to aid exoplanet discovery – http://www.planethunters.org/

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Recently researchers announced that they had successfully constructed a tractor beam. This video explains the mechanism by which this device works.

You can find the paper featuring the results here:

http://www.nature.com/nphoton/journal/v7/n2/full/nphoton.2012.332.html

For a better understanding on the subject I’d also recommend reading into optical tweezers:

http://www.einstinc.com/Technical%20Papers/ET-TechNote%20-%20Optical%20tweezers.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optical_tweezers

Also, with regards to solar sails mentionned in the video:

http://www.space.com/10666-nasa-solar-sail-satellite-success.html

http://news.discovery.com/space/are-solar-sails-the-future-of-space-travel.htm

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Physics Buddies

Just a had a little browse of pictures of famous physicists and it struck me that while some seemed quite focussed on their own work others seemed to make quite meaningful connections both professionally and socially. This is a pictorial representation of my research on the matter.

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A video debunking several 2012 based doomsday theories, including the Mayan calendar, passing the galactic plane, polar shifts and planet X, setting you up to have a care-free New Year.

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In recognition of the Doomsday Clock being moved one minute closer towards midnight, I decided to post a video possibly spreading some awareness on nuclear proliferation.

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Aug 192012

Newton vs Leibniz

Just little graphical joke I’ve been working on: a play on how, while Isaac Newton seems remarkably humble in the things he says about himself, his way of treating a ‘competitor’ seems rather less honourable.

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As far as religions and the interpretation of our reality, concious experience and morality goes, I am open minded. That is to say, I do not rule out ideas simply because they happen to be religious or non-religious.

Fundamentally speaking, any idea that anybody ever had about the world, including religious ones, could be true. There is no reason to dismiss them, although of course, seeing that they are generally unverifiable they usually have no place in science.

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When I first heard about this movie, I assumed it was just another unexciting documentary about the scientific achievements of the last century. But no, this is a proper drama with a great cast and a compelling plot, based on true events of course. This film tells the story of two great physicists, Albert Einstein (Andy Serkis aka Gollum) and Arthur Stanley Eddington (David Tennant aka Doctor Who), and their struggle to develop a new theory of gravity, i.e. General Relativity, while their countries were segregated through the horrors of the first world war.

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A video about nuclear weapons, how they work and how they have impacted our history.
This first part focuses on the nuclear reactions that go on in a nuclear explosion.

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Video explaining the scientific method using examples from physics.
With this video I try to revert some common misconceptions about science, mainly by addressing what the words ‘theory’ and ‘evidence’ actually mean.┬áIn the next episode I will follow up on Ockham’s razor and the issue of conspiracy theories in physics.

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