Author: Kevin Dwayne

This Breathtaking Photo of Earth From 40 Million Miles Away Really Puts Everything Into Perspective

Wave hello to yourself! NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft captured this image of the Earth and Moon on January 17 from a distance of 39.5 million miles. It’s been an incompatible few months on this blue dot of ours, but nothing puts life into perception like this amazing photo captured by a spacecraft literally millions of miles […]

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Chladni patterns, now in color!

One of my favorite physics demonstrations to perform at local schools, conventions, and expos is the production of Chladni patterns, such as the one shown below. I’ve blogged about these patterns before. They are formed by vibrating a metal plate at one of its special resonance frequencies, which causes the plate to form standing waves.  […]

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Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster Can Now Be Tracked In Real-Time Using A Die-Hard Fan’s Website

It’s been hardly two weeks since Elon Musk’s SpaceX magnificently launched the first Falcon Heavy into orbit and also a red Tesla Roadster. Many of us are interested as to where it and its unconventional passenger are at the moment. Sending Tesla Roadster was a good decision and it was just a test flight. On […]

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Rock-paper-scissors, granite-clock-idea

I have a soft spot for lamassu. Ten-foot-tall statues of these winged bull-men guarded the entrances to ancient Assyrian palaces. Show me lamassu, or apkallu—human-shaped winged deities—or other reliefs from the Neo-Assyrian capital of Nineveh, and you’ll have trouble showing me the door. Assyrian art fills a gallery in London’s British Museum. Lamassu flank the gallery’s […]

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Incredible High-Definition Pictures Of The Moon’s Surface Released By Chinese Space Agency

We’ve become used to looking at unclear images of the Moon’s surface taken about 50 years ago, but the newest collection of photos issued by the Chinese space agency comprise some of the clearest pictures ever taken. These stunning pictures were taken by the Chinese Space Agency’s Yutu lunar rover.  Yutu lunar rover is also […]

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A 6-year-old tells NASA to make Pluto a planet again: ‘You need to fix this problem for me’

A 6 year old girl, Cara Lucy O’Connor, has a concern. Pluto was one of the nine planets in the solar system, and since 2006 it isn’t anymore. That’s not working with a little 6 year old girl. That’s not right says the little girl from Ireland. So Cara, with the assistance of her teacher, […]

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Catching up with the quantum-thermo crowd

You have four hours to tour Oxford University. What will you visit? The Ashmolean Museum, home to da Vinci drawings, samurai armor, and Egyptian mummies? The Bodleian, one of Europe’s oldest libraries? Turf Tavern, where former president Bill Clinton reportedly “didn’t inhale” marijuana? Felix Binder showed us a cemetery. Of course he showed us a […]

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Dr. SkySkull on WCNC!

For those who just can’t get enough of seeing me on camera (read: my parents), yesterday I did a very short spot on WCNC TV to promote UNCC’s Science and Technology Expo that is happening tomorrow, noon-4 pm, on the UNCC campus.  More information about the Expo can be found here! My TV spot is […]

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Stephen Hawking Explains What Existed Before The ‘Big, Big Bang’

When the Big Bang happened, about 13.8 billion years ago, all the matter in the cosmos exploded from a singularity to produce the universe that we know today. But what existed before then? What existed before the start of time and everything? Professor Stephen Hawking says he might know just what existed.    In a […]

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XENON1T probes deeper into Dark Matter WIMPs, with 1300 kg of cold Xe atoms

Results from XENON1T, the world’s largest and most sensitive detector dedicated to a direct search for Dark Matter in the form of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs), are reported today (Monday, 28th May) by the spokesperson, Prof. Elena Aprile of Columbia University, in a seminar at the hosting laboratory, the INFN Laboratori Nazionali del Gran […]

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