Smells like Tauon Spirit

Tom Lehrer's Elements Song is 150 years out of date - the science and the music (The Major General's Song from Gilbert and Sullivan's Pirates of Penzance) are both from late 1800s. So it's time for an update, to the tune of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit. Video coming soon... email me if you want … Continue reading Smells like Tauon Spirit

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Using antimatter to find weirdo supernovae

Fiona Panther is searching out galaxy for antimatter - no it's not science fiction, she's after anti - electrons, called positrons. It'll help her to study supernovae - exploding stars. https://youtu.be/qDCMuhTXo_Y Fi is a PhD student at ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Mt Stromlo. Filmed at Physics in the Pub, 2016, Smith's Alternative. … Continue reading Using antimatter to find weirdo supernovae

How twisting a belt explains the Universe

Quantum physics is all about the simplest things in the universe. Matter - electrons and quarks (which make up neutrons and protons), and interactions - photons, forces etc. The difference between the two is a simple rotation. It's secret quantum mechanics knowledge, says head of ANU Dept of Quantum Physics, Professor Craig Savage. Here he … Continue reading How twisting a belt explains the Universe