Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A nice physics blog

An interesting physics blog by PBS  with links to more physics blogs. According to the blog:
"What is The Nature of Reality? It’s a blog, and it’s pretty much the biggest question we could think of. "
Plenty of videos.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Small floating solar device boils water

An ingenious device using basic physics boils water in sunlight. From an article in Ars Technica:
"Tests in the lab and on the MIT roof showed that, under ambient sunlight, the absorber warmed up to 100 degrees Celsius in about five minutes and started making steam. That’s a first."
A good situation to work out the physics involved and discuss. (Photo - MIT)
Should be possible to make a less efficient copy of this device without the commercial selective absorber coating.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

More on gravitational waves

It seems that a new branch of astronomy is well underway with the discovery of more waves by LIGO, the new detector. Very interesting. See this BBC article. According to this:
"According to UK collaboration member Prof Bernard Schutz of Cardiff University, making a second detection proves the first was not just an isolated event, and that Advanced LIGO really does have the capability to open up a new cosmic realm to investigation."
OK - have to post this to catch my end-of-month deadline...

Monday, May 30, 2016


This is defined as " the branch of astronomy concerned with the physical nature of stars and other celestial bodies, and the application of the laws and theories of physics to the interpretation of astronomical observations."

Interesting stuff. Am currently doing a MOOC on the subject at EdX focusing mainly on cosmology. You need a bit of calculus for this - advanced level mathematics or first year university. Recommended though.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Khan Academy

I am sure you have heard of Khan Academy. I took another look recently and it seems to have been upgraded.

Definitely a good source of learning videos for school level physics.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Gravitational waves

I have to say something on this. It has been on the horizon for many years and as elusive as the smile of the Cheshire cat. Not that I am qualified to say much more than how important it is and give some good links. So here are the links:
Caltech press release
Science article

Sunday, February 14, 2016

The November fire at University of Guyana

The fire on on November 24 2015 in Natural Sciences was widely reported, for example by Kaieteur News and Guyana Chronicle. However there were few details given on the losses. According to subsequent reports the wooden ground level building destroyed housed staff offices and storerooms. Losses included lab equipment, textbooks, manuals, notes and so on. Physics in particular was badly hit and has been left without equipment to conduct labs. This comes at a time when moves are being made to restart the full degree programme.
Hopefully the Physics unit will be assisted to get laboratories back in order. As I recall there used to be two functioning laboratories with lab assistants.
The burnt building at the University of Guyana

Burnt office
 at the University of Guyana