Half-Life

Besides from being a series of popular first-person shooter video games, half-life is an important factor to consider in any applications of radioactivity. It seems quite a weird quantity at first glance; we usually talk about the lifespan of things, rather than half a lifespan. But as you will see, the ‘half-life’ is far more logical, because the lifespan of a radioactive substance is… well, infinite (theoretically).

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How Nobel

Everyone has a goal and objective in life which they strive for. Bankers, money. Celebrities, fame. Footballers, well, literal goals. However, I believe that we humble scientists rarely set foot in such trivial pursuits. Our aim on this planet is to contribute to the incredible discoveries and ideas of the scientific community, and hopefully have some fun along the way. Maybe, just maybe, we’ll happen to revolutionise the world…

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The Photoelectric Effect

1905 was a great year for Einstein. A miraculous year, you might say. In fact it was so miraculous that it was coined Einstein’s Annus Mirabilis, Latin for ‘miracle year’. The reason why? He published not one, not two, not three, but four revolutionary papers that toppled the perspectives of matter, space and time during his generation. Few scientists are able to publish one revolutionary paper in their lifetime, much less four.

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Hold Your Balance

I remember when I was a lot younger, I used to fall over constantly. I’d come home everyday to a mother shocked at discovering yet another graze on my leg. I’m not sure if I was just a wild brawler back in the day, or simply didn’t quite have an aligned center of mass. I’m gonna guess it was probably the latter. You know, maybe I wouldn’t have toppled over as much if I’d been shaped more like a gömböc…

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