This Is Why … Mother Nature is a physics genius!

Have you ever found yourself lying on the lawn on a summer day, absentmindedly examining the dandelions there? The cheerful yellow flowers, bowing their heads under the weight of bumblebees feeding on their nectar. A nearby collection that has gone to seed, with dense pods at the base of long, delicate stems and a bundleContinue reading “This Is Why … Mother Nature is a physics genius!”

This Is Why … skipping stones is anything but child’s play!

A perfect July morning. You quietly prepare a cup of coffee and slip out of the cottage to head down to the lake. The surface is so still – the treeline on the far shore reflected in the surface like nature’s Rorschach test. That perfect surface calls out for a little physics fun, so youContinue reading “This Is Why … skipping stones is anything but child’s play!”

This Is Why … foodies focus on foil’s physics

(Photo by Lum3n.com from Pexels) As a physicist, I don’t really get asked for professional advice all that frequently. Our Carpenter Buddy was super helpful with our deck construction project (Thanks Drew!) and our MD Pal gets asked about questionable moles (and more exotic things) all the time. But it’s not often that a social gathering sees someoneContinue reading “This Is Why … foodies focus on foil’s physics”

This Is Why … equestrians trust their lives to physics!

It’s ridiculously early on a cold January morning. I’m shuffling my feet to keep warm and to burn off some of my nervous energy. As I hold my breath, my teenage daughter trusts her life to her horse and her training, as they dart around the jumper ring at top speed. The goal is toContinue reading “This Is Why … equestrians trust their lives to physics!”

This Is Why … it stings when you ski through a blast of fake snow

My little Jozo Weider racer, in her first ever away race earlier this season. Photo by Rob Tankovich, Head Coach, U10 program It’s coming to the end of ski season in this part of the world, which makes at least two members of my household incredibly sad. With the forecast for the week ahead projectingContinue reading “This Is Why … it stings when you ski through a blast of fake snow”