A while ago Yanhao sent me this rather amusing drawing he found, in the hope that I might be able to understand it better than he did, seeing as I have had considerably more experience when it comes to the language that is Latin. Yes, I took Latin for A-level. No, that was not a joke. It’s not funny, stop laughing.
By going through what the image actually entails, I thought I’d be able to share with you today the joys of Latin. Perhaps you can go share it with your friends and wow them with your amazing knowledge of a few Latin phrases.
In the summer of 2010, an 80 m tall, 1.65 MW wind turbine was constructed in the small town of Falmouth in Massachusetts, by a private company called Notus Clean Energy. This wind turbine has the capacity to displace 5.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide on average every day, and to date, the turbine has generated over 16 GWh of electricity, enough to provide for 670 homes.
All of the forces and interactions in our universe (based on our current understanding) can be broken down into only four fundamental forces. Even though you may not be aware of them, they are acting on all of us all the time. These forces are responsible for everything, from keeping atoms together to keeping our feet on the ground. A weird concept to grasp, perhaps, is that these forces are actually due to the transferring of certain fundamental particles.
In my last post Surfing Gravity’s Waves, I mentioned that the oscillations that LIGO detected were thousands of times less than the nucleus of an atom. How, then, could they have possibly known that there was an oscillation? Well, scientists are clever, and they can come up with all sorts of ingenious ideas.
In February earlier this year, Yanhao, a few other people and myself attended a national physics competition (ooh I know, fancy) in London hosted by the Weizmann Institute of Science. This competition required the teams to design and build a safe which would be able to be cracked using various physics principles. For example, the ‘crackers’ may have to construct an electromagnet using various materials in order to attract an object, and this could open the safe or something.