is this physics

When you think you’re all alone.

When you think nobody loves you.

When you think everything is dark and rotten and there is only sorrow.

You do not know.

You do not know that all around you

in the darkness

there are ninjas.

Not one. Not ten.

Dozens of ninjas.

They feel your pain.

Dozens of ninjas that you do not see.

In the shadows. In the ceiling.

Under the cushions of the couch. They cry beside you.

They wish you well.

Despite its proximity, Venus remains largely mysterious, thanks to its cloudy atmosphere and incredible harsh conditions. A recent study using data from the Japanese satellite Akatsuki revealed an enormous bow-shaped wave in the Venusian atmosphere. The wave appeared at an altitude of about 65 km and stretched more than 10,000 km long, across both the northern and southern hemispheres. Although surface winds on Venus are believed to be small due to its incredibly slow rotation, winds higher in the atmosphere are much faster – so it was strange to observe this wave sitting essentially stationary for five days of observation. 

When the scientists mapped the location of wave relative to the surface, they found it was sitting over the Aphrodite Terra highlands, suggesting that this structure is a gravity wave generated by winds interacting with the topography. Similar, albeit smaller, gravity waves are often observed on Earth near mountains. The finding raises questions about our understanding of Venusian atmospheric dynamics and exactly how disturbances from surface winds could create enormous structures so high in the atmosphere. (Image credit: T. Fukuhara et al.; h/t to SciShow Space)

Double refraction of light through crystalline structures, demonstrated by Sir Lawrence Bragg in 1965.

If you look through glass at some writing, you’ll be able to see it clearly, as normal. But if you look through a clear crystal, like calcite, you’ll see two overlapping images. This is because of the crystal structure.

When light enters water or glass, it slows down uniformly. When it enters a crystal, with it’s very regular pattern, the light is affected differently in two different directions, rather than uniformly in all directions. As a result, the light will split into two beams, travelling at different speeds. This difference in speed means the beams bend, or refract, differently, resulting in two distinct images.

Here, Bragg rotates a polarised sheet above the crystal to reveal only one orientation at a time, showing each image separately in turn:

Watch the full film, with dozens more demonstrations, on the Ri Archives YouTube channel.

“The Hertz wave theory of wireless transmission may be kept up for a while, but I do not hesitate to say that in a short time it will he recognized as one of the most remarkable and inexplicable aberrations of the scientific mind which has ever been recorded in history.”

–Nikola Tesla

“The True Wireless.” Electrical Experimenter, May 1919.


20/02/2017~~ Yo, wassup everyone? I’m so tired rn ㅠㅠ… Tomorrow is my friend’s birthday so I went to the bookshop to buy 2 books for her (they are so cool omg). Because of this I missed the bus so I had to take the next one and I got a bit late home. I studied for my physics test tho so that’s great!
(I’m planning to make loads of helpful posts next week (vacation yeeey) so please, stay tuned!)


Vera Rubin died on Sunday. She was one of our most important astronomers and was the first person to discover evidence of dark matter

The science community pushed for Rubin to get a Nobel Prize, hoping she’d break a more than 50-year streak without a female winner, according to The Washington Post. One supporter of this movement, University of Washington astronomer Emily Levesque, told that “the existence of dark matter has utterly revolutionized our concept of the universe and our entire field; the ongoing effort to understand the role of dark matter has basically spawned entire subfields within astrophysics and particle physics at this point.”