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Month: July 2020

mia cerfonteyn

Watch Biologist Mia Cerfonteyn at Work

How a cat person from South Africa finds herself studying oversized seabirds in the sub-Antarctic

Mia Cerfonteyn is a South African biologist who researched seabirds in the sub-Antarctic and Antarctica. She loves the interconnected nature of science and has studied botany, zoology and even forensic science. These interests and her love for the ocean led to her current field: marine microbiology. She now lives in Reykjavík, Iceland where she researches …

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How a cat person from South Africa finds herself studying oversized seabirds in the sub-Antarctic

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Neutron Star

What is Nuclear Pasta?

Artist’s rendering of an outburst on an ultra-magnetic neutron star. Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center An uncooked strand of spaghetti snaps easily, but an exotic substance known as “nuclear pasta” is a different story. Earlier this September, a paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters describes what may be the strongest material in …

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what is virtual reality

What Is Virtual Reality? 

Virtual Reality If you love science fiction or video games, you may already know about “virtual reality,” or VR. With virtual reality, you can jump to the other side of the planet in an instant, experience what it’s like to fly, and even explore pretend worlds. In a virtual world, you could go surfing with …

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Fireworks

How Do Fireworks Work: The Art and Science Behind It

I’ve always been fascinated by fireworks and how cool they look exploding up in the sky in different colors and shapes, especially when they are perfectly timed with the music. It all combines together to make for a really magical experience. Read on to learn all about the history, engineering, art, and science of fireworks.

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