Biography: Vera Rubin

Astronomer Vera Rubin (c) National Air and Space Museum, used under the Smithsonian's Terms of Use "a Copernican-scale change" in cosmological theory, reported the New York Times, was the culmination of Vera Rubin's life. A life-long lover of the stars, Dr. Rubin was the first astrophysicist to … [Read more...]

My Ongoing Quest to not talk about Quantum Mechanics in Social Studies

Whenever someone asks me what my favourite class in school is, I usually say Math or Science. I enjoy these courses so much because everything I learn is something that can be verified as true or not true, simply by testing it. I enjoy the repeatability of these subjects because I can usually … [Read more...]

How does a piano work?

Piano keys (c) Elliot Billings, CC BY 2.0 I remember, as a kid, ticking off the seconds as my mom used to track my daily piano practice time. Now, I cherish those precious moments I get to spend at the piano. Playing the piano has taught me self-confidence, persistence and patience. Through … [Read more...]

Should we pack and go live on Mars?

Mars (c) ESA - European Space Agency & Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research for OSIRIS Team ESA/MPS/UPD/LAM/IAA/RSSD/INTA/UPM/DASP/IDA CC BY-SA 3.0 IGO With the upcoming FSL visit of a real life astronaut and having attended two events with Chris Hadfield, I decided to look into … [Read more...]

Shedding Light on Gravitational Waves: Part Two

Before we get started, if you haven't read the first post of the two-part series: check it out! Last time, I outlined a research project I completed last year on gravitational waves, inspired by the Nobel Prize in Physics. We covered the basics, and at this point in my research, the articles were … [Read more...]

Small Number Trigonometry

If you have ever been through High school, then you would know about the three main trigonometric functions: Sine, Cosine, and Tangent. For many people, these equations may appear relatively simple, but that is not always the case, especially with higher level sciences. This is especially useful … [Read more...]

Shedding Light on Gravitational Waves: Part One

NSF’s LIGO Has Detected Gravitational Waves (c)Charly W. Karl, CC BY-ND 2.0 Since the beginning of time, people have been fascinated with the unknown. In our universe, the area that we know the least about is outer space. Scientists have studied space for centuries. Despite that, there … [Read more...]

Cornering on a Bike- Where is the point of no return?

I love cycling and as an elite cyclist I have to corner lots at high speeds. I am definitely more nervous about sliding out (the tires slipping causing the bike to slide out from under you) when I hit a turn at full speed but when do I need to be so worried? What is the actual point where a … [Read more...]