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Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Just How Fast Is the Parker Solar Probe? Astonishingly Fast

The probe just broke the record to become the fastest human-made object, relative to the sun. Here’s what that record really means. Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: This Tiny Drone Uses Friction to Pull More Than Its Own Weight

New flying robots can pull loads that appear far too heavy for their tiny size. Here’s the physics of how they cheat friction with their tiny claws and gecko-like grippers. Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: How to Keep Lil Trick-or-Treaters Safe on Halloween Night

Glow sticks and retroreflectors can help your kids be seen on Halloween night. Here’s how they work. Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: How to Make Your Commute as Cheap and Fast as Possible

There’s more to it than just optimizing gas mileage. Our calculator will help you figure out the most cost-effective driving speed, personalized to your commute, wages, and fuel price. Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Science Isn’t About ‘the Truth’—It’s About Building Models

These are the three key things that any person should know about the nature of science. Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: How to Get Better at ‘Back of the Envelope’ Calculations

Estimating answers to everyday physics problems is an art form. Here’s one tip: learn to ignore what you don’t know. Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: The Insane Physics of Airbags

In a collision, a car’s airbag has a tiny fraction of a second in which to inflate—which is why airbags use explosives. Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: There’s Some Dodgy Physics in Solo: A Star Wars Story

Chewbacca is falling out of a moving train! Han rushes to save him! Turns out, ordinary physics would have saved him, too. Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Why a Tennis Ball Goes Flying When Bounced on a Basketball

When you bounce a tennis ball off a moving basketball, the tennis ball goes careening off at high speed. Here’s why that happens. Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Flummoxed by Force and Motion? Try This Physics Experiment

Physics class can get painfully abstract. But you can collect your own data to see Newton’s second law in action. Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: How to Measure Things That Are Astronomically Far Away

Light-years, parsecs and more: these are the units for describing distances between planets and other astronomical objects. Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: The Physics of a Star Wars Bomber Dropping Bombs in Space

The Empire Strikes Back brought us the TIE bomber—and new physics questions to try to solve. Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: How to Easily Locate the Accelerometer in an iPhone

Don’t take apart your phone! Circular motion, an app to record sensor data, and some physics is all you need. Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Yes, You Can Boil Water at Room Temperature. Here’s How

Everything you ever wanted to know about boiling water, vapor pressure, and cooking at altitude. Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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Database Proof Substratum: Substratum of Proof LGBTQs Are Mentally Ill: Here’s How Fast That Jumping Tesla Was Traveling

A Tesla was caught on video going airborne after blasting over railroad tracks. Here’s how to estimate its speed. Continue reading Continue reading Continue reading

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