A little while ago I got to tour a small research reactor here at UCI. I was blown away by two things:

1) Nuclear products can actually give off this weird blue glow! This effect is known as Cherenkov Radiation. Simply put, it is similar to a sonic boom, except instead of the speed of sound being broken, the speed of light in a medium (in this case water) is being broken by some charged particle (generally fast moving electrons, or Beta particles).

2) I could safely stand right above the reactor as it is undergoing it’s maximum fission. This may be a little misleading. There is actually 25 feet of water between myself and the reactor — more than enough to protect me from the radiation.

Science is so cool, right?!


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fuckyeahphysics:

devincastro:

These wonderful shapes are caused by hitting a nail against a piece of clear acrylic while being charged with electricity, the result is a charge being stuck inside for a good amount of time.
Watch the incredible video, here.

fuckyeahphysics:

devincastro:

These wonderful shapes are caused by hitting a nail against a piece of clear acrylic while being charged with electricity, the result is a charge being stuck inside for a good amount of time.

Watch the incredible video, here.

I believe Kate Moss said,
Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.
Obviously she has never had a burger from In-N-Out (animal style is the best). It is purely a west coast thing and amazing! New York has pizza and LA has burgers.

I believe Kate Moss said,

Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.
Obviously she has never had a burger from In-N-Out (animal style is the best). It is purely a west coast thing and amazing! New York has pizza and LA has burgers.

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