physics

Physics is everywhere. From the movement of every object to the only F on your high school report card. So shake off that abject failure and find the humor in such a complex and unseen force that affects our lives so significantly. 

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This Robot Relies on Human Reflexes For Balance

Contrary to what science fiction predicted robotics in 2019 would be like, robots are nowhere near being autonomous yet (although they are able to do some pretty cool things). It's taken researchers a long time to get robots to be able to walk like humans - so getting them to respond to different environments with fast reflexes is even further away than our hopeful ancestors imagined. But these researchers are looking at things in a different way, and a robot that can walk and balance like a human may be closer than we thought it was. 

new robot can balance with the help of a human friend
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Cookie Oven Sent To ISS So Astronauts Can Bake Cookies

In the latest update of random things being sent to the International Space Station, the six astronauts living in the International Space Station (ISS) have been sent a cookie oven (which must be a lot more exciting than that time when they were sent cement). For the first time, astronauts will be able to bake cookies in space. I'm betting the prospect of eating fresh cookies is pretty exciting for them after months of eating packaged space food

the international space station is being sent a cookie oven
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See A Supermassive Black Hole Shredding A Star Apart

A supermassive black hole in another galaxy 375 million light years away just tore apart and swallowed a star, and amazingly, a satellite captured pictures of it happening. Although black holes are known for doing crazy things, this is next level: it only happens once every 10, 000 to 100,000 years. In other words, it's a once in a lifetime event, and you can see it happening right here on the interweb.

a supermassive black hole in another galaxy tore a star apart
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Twelve Most Interesting GIFs This Week

Who doesn't love a good GIF? I know I do, especially if it's jam packed with interesting things to get my mind thinking. Check out the twelve most interesting GIFs from r/damnthatsinteresting for past week and prepare to have your little brain overflow with interesting things. 

top 12 most interesting gifs of the week
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The Physics Behind Curveballs

Not everyone is made equally when it comes to baseball. Some people are pretty good at it, and some people (like me) are shockingly bad. And then there are people like Luis Arraez of the Minnesota Twins, who displayed such control of the ball in their game against the White Sox that he hit an incredible curveball, earning his team a home run. It's not magic that made this possible, it's physics. 

baseball curveballs explained through physics
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13 Smug Memes For The Snobby Intellectual

Are you smarter than the average pleb? Do you find yourself making jokes that no one else seems to understand? If so, these intellectual memes are for you!

memes of smug online users and people who consider themselves very smart
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Science Never Looked So Good - Stock Photos of the Ghost Particle

These obviously aren't actual photos of the 'ghost particle', but its amazing how creative some publishers will get, when trying to illustrate how some sort of particle on the nano-spectrum looks. Ever since the first detection of neutrons in 1970, scientists have been doing whatever they can to try to learn about, and isolate the particle. But how does one go about identifying the mass of an object that is one of the closest to having no mass? The brightest scientific minds have been working for decades to figure it out. But for now, what we know is simply the upper limit that the mass of these particles could reach. The lower limit could literally be nothing, so there is still a lot of work to do.

 Scientists are saying the discovery begins a new era of space science and research. Maybe one day we'll finally get a selfie with an alien. For now all we can do is wait for the next raid of Area 51 to check out what is really out there beyond out planet.

Scientists determine the maximum mass of a single neutrino known as a ghost particle
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TED educator Colm Kelleher explains the physics behind how colors appear the way they do. For more resources on electromagnetic waves, TED Ed has got you covered.

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Henry Reich, the illustrator behind YouTube's sci-ed channel MinutePhysics, takes a stab at Neil deGrasse Tyson's response to the Templeton Foundation's question: Does the Universe have a purpose?