Why bring space into the classroom?

The first answer coming to mind is simply “Why not?”. But – There’s a lot more to it. First of all, teachers should be updated on space science. We all should. It’s not an easy task, though. Just reading the news about space science and space technology takes time. Understanding the basic concept often takes […]

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A visit to Galileo’s cellar

In some sense, this was the shortest visit to a museum ever. I had half-an-hour for this bounty of different instruments from all epochs of science since the 16th century, concentrated in a cellar somewhere on the premises of the University of Padova, in Galileo Galilei’s town. Thankfully, I had a wonderful guide. In addition, […]

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Skipping stones like a boss

One of my favourite games as a youngster was to skip stones on water. I was really bad at it – and still I became a physicist, a rocket scientist even. So, why does a stone skip on the water? You can find answers here at Quora. It is basically about vectors and where they […]

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Non-Newtonian curiosity

One of life’s mysteries: How can you run on a pool of Non-Newtonian fluid without asking how that is even possible? Truth be told, I suspect that the question comes into people’s minds. Then they turn off their ears, when they hear the word “physics”. So let’s modify that question up there: How can you […]

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Why don’t clouds fall down?

Clouds are collections of water droplets or, at higher altitudes, water ice crystals. So, honestly, why would they stay up there? It is not like snow flakes, for example, hang around or anything. The title question is legitimate. We cannot invoke old Archimedes and claim that the clouds float like a hydrogen balloon would. Hydrogen […]

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