Is it Better to Walk or Run in the Rain?

Today as I walked home it started to rain. I instantly remember I had to share this video someday. It concernsĀ a question that you maybe have asked yourself (Is it better to walk or run in the rain?). It is old but gold. I hope you like it and you may want to subscribe this mesmerizing channel. It shares “cool physics and other sweet science”. Have a nice day šŸ˜€

Why can’t you put metal in the Microwave?

Have you ever wondered about this?

Since I was told that I couldn’t put metal in the Microwave it has been an unanswered question in my mind. But today I found this interesting video that explains it… As always hope you like it and take something from it…

Set the controls for the heart of the Sun

This is my last article on the Sun theme. I learned a lot doing the researches and I’m happy with the final result, 6 posts (including this one) with interesting new “stuff” to share! I would like some feedback so comments are more than welcomed!

Set the controls for the heart of the Sun

As I was researching this week theme I revisited oneĀ TED talk that made me gain confidence and It’s one of the reasons why I’m here today sharing what I everyday learn. This TED talk was made by Taylor Wilson (the second most young person to develop a nuclear fusion reactor).

Nuclear fusion is the process in which two or more atomic nuclei collide at a very high-speed, they merge togetherĀ and formĀ a heavier nucleus (with more energy) this happens because when they join into one single entity they lose mass that turns in energy. [1] [2]

In the core of the Sun, nuclear fusions take place hence releasing energy in enormous proportions making photons that once on the outside of the sun are mostly in the range of infrared/visible light/ultraviolet. [3]

I continued looking for this amazing teenagers for making this post and one news stroke me, a british boy hadĀ surpass this deed. Jamie Edwards became the youngest teenager to build a nuclear fusion reactor with 13 yo he beaten the achievement of 14 yo Taylor. [4]

At the end of thatĀ report there’s an announcement of an exhibit at the Imperial College London labeled “Set the controls for the heart of the Sun”, what clearly refers to the nuclear fusion happening at the Sun’s core. [5]

A little more about nuclear fusion… Nuclear fusion is still in research time, but it might one day get to another degree, the degree of supplying abundant and clean energy for all the planet. What is good for this source of energy is that it is much safer than the nuclear power plant energy created (nuclear fission) because it produces no high-level radioactive waste so It will not have the risk of disaster like the one in Chernobyl. [6]

A step to the future: A US$50 bilion project (building costs in July 2014) initiated in 2007 by 6 entitiesĀ together (China, United States, Japan, European Union, India and South Korea) called ITERĀ aims to create the first fusion power plant. [7]

Good News:Ā Nowadays an experiment made in US changed the idea held that it took more energyĀ for igniting fuel than the energy produced. (February 2014) [8]

Pink Floyd and the Sun

Pink Floyd, for those who never heard of them, are an English rock band formed in London in 1965. Well I could talk more about them but I guess that music, more than words, expresses their path and singularity. [9] “Set the controls for the heart of the Sun” is a track from their second album A Saucerful of Secrets released in 1968 it deploys a psychedelic rock music, paced and full of spiritual force.

I stronglyĀ recommend you to listen this track…

In this manner I say “au revoir” and get ready for the next week theme…


References and further reading.

[1] – Nuclear fusion – Wiki

[2] – (audiovisual reference) Nuclear fusion – elearning

[3] – The Sun’s Structure and Nuclear Fusion – earthguideĀ & see Ā “References and further reading” on this post

[4] – British schoolboy,13, becomes youngest to build nuclear fusion reactor – the telegraph

[5] – Set the controls for the heart of the Sun –Ā CIFS’ Royal Society Summer Science Exhibit 2014

[6] – Chernobyl disaster – Wiki

[7] Ā – ITERĀ & (audiovisual reference) ITER – in five minutes

[8] – Big leap for fusion: more energy produced that spent igniting fuel – arstechnica

[9] – Pink Floyd – WikiĀ & Pink Floyd Official Site

TED moments!

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09/09/2014

Changing the way you see teenagers… We all know what is typical in a teenager, we all have that stereotyped vision about them… they are highly vulnerable to peer pressure, influencedĀ persons, dreamers, lovers, fouls and believe they have theĀ capacities for doing extraordinary things. I could argue that they have a lot of courage but not a lot of wisdom because we know that there are feats that only an adult can make.

In spite of this fact, once a while some kid appears and turn all the preconceptionsĀ upside down and do some unbelievable stuff and in this conference this is what happened…

 

Physics wunderkind Taylor Wilson astounded the science world when, at age 14, he became the youngest person in history to produce fusion. (TED profile)