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Ring Around the Rainbow What a rainbow looks like when the earth doesn’t get in the way.
(OK, it’s Thursday, but this was supposed to run on Tuesday but didn’t, owing to operator error) A Clever Rube Goldberg Machine That Runs on Light The amplified light fuels a number of different elements like a tub of water and a marble moving down a chute, but it all keeps coming back to optics. [...]
The idea that measurement changes what is being measured is the observer effect, not the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. A video explaining the HUP.
Five sigma and all that Another of Lyons’ themes in the article is to address the rather arbitrary “five sigma” (5σ) significance traditionally required by particle physicists to claim a discovery of a new particle or some other new effect. This is often presented just as physics requiring 5σ, but Butterworth is a physicist and [...]
WARNING: wild extrapolation (a classification system for science news) [H]ere’s a potential classification system for science writing. It’s a bit more complex admittedly, and unlike films, multiple classifications can be applied to a single piece. How like science, to be so uncertain.
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