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    Jan
    10th
    2015

    It's About Time Dilation · 11:18pm Jan 10th, 2015

    It is often said that every equation put into a popular science book will halve its sales. It is known that this is not true. But it's such a fun anecdote to put in the introduction, so we all keep repeating it.

    Since all the equations in my math-heavy commentary on Rainbow Rocks did not seem to scare away too many readers, I reckon it's about time to turn my attention to the best chunk of mathematical physics we see in the entire show.

    This:

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    Apr
    12th
    2014

    Exploration Geophysics for Rock Farmers · 9:53pm Apr 12th, 2014

    I smiled at Maud Pie, wanting to start a conversation and make friends. “So... what is it that you do exactly, on your rock science research trips?”

    Maud thought over the question before answering accurately. “We drill holes in the ground, and extract a core sample.”

    “That sounds interesting...”

    “It's boring.”

    Pinkie Pie bounded over to provide further clarification. “Digging boreholes is time consuming, expensive, and it messes up your hair. That's why every rock farmer knows before you dig, you do a proper survey of the site to learn what's under the ground.”

    “But won't you find rocks wherever you dig?”

    “But they might be the wrong sort of rocks.”

    There was clearly a lot I still had to learn about the way of life of earth ponies.

    “How can you find out what's under the ground without digging?”

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    Sep
    20th
    2014

    Fluttershy and other animals · 9:15pm Sep 20th, 2014

    All of the mane characters make great role models for little girls (and boys). This was a key part of Lauren Faust's vision: to provide a cast of strong female characters, all very different, but each equally amazing in their own way...

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    Nov
    9th
    2014

    Timekeeping in Equestria · 12:07am Nov 9th, 2014

    I've almost finished the first draft of a new story, which at over 25,000 words, is my longest to date. It still needs a lot of work before it will be ready for publication. Like most my stuff, this one has a good dose of science, but (I hope) it also has significant merit as a story.

    It's about time. It addresses the question: How do you accurately keep track of time in a universe where the forces governing the movement of astronomical bodies have minds of their own?

    The story of timekeeping (in our world) is a fascinating chapter in the history of science. Early clocks, built by monks in the monasteries of medieval Europe to keep to their rigid schedule of work and prayers, were pretty basic. They could gain or lose over half an hour over the course of a day. Accurate timekeeping was done by astronomy. Medieval stargazers knew how to tell the time from the position of the sun and stars, even if they had no idea of the forces driving the motion of the heavens.

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    Oct
    2nd
    2014

    "Science with a Sparkle" · 8:03pm Oct 2nd, 2014

    Oct
    11th
    2014

    Twilight and Pinkie visit Fermilab (Batavia, Illinois) · 5:47pm Oct 11th, 2014


    Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie lay on the grass in the middle of a field of reclaimed prairie on the site of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, together with a group of the resident buffalo with whom they had just made friends. In the distance they could see the distinctive shape of the high-rise laboratory building of Wilson Hall.

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    Nov
    22nd
    2014

    Physics Highlight of Rainbow Rocks · 10:53pm Nov 22nd, 2014

    Apologies for not posting anything last week. I have been busy. I was in the US last week, visiting Fermilab, which was really cool, but I then had a ton of work to catch up on when I got home.

    And I had to watch my new Rainbow Rocks DVD.

    My verdict: It's awesome. The post-credits ending makes it 200% cooler. I particularly loved the reference to Maxwell's equations.

    Did you miss it? It's here:

    Look closely, remove the scraps of paper and that reads:

    For the benefit of everyone who was napping while Cheerilee was explaining vector calculus, here is a short tutorial. (Yes this entire blog post is all about a small detail in a single frame of a full length movie, and why it’s so awesome).

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    Sep
    4th
    2014

    Stripe Like Zecora Day · 11:00pm Sep 4th, 2014

    Science with ponies is the game I play,
    And today it is 'Type Like Zecora day',
    So I can't resist the silly new game,
    To write a short post with this curious aim.

    I think the time is surely ripe,
    To look at the root of a zebra stripe,
    Why did these equines evolve just so,
    With black and white streaks from head to toe?

    A camouflage trick? Set to confuse,
    Their predators by the dazzling views,
    A fair guess, but it seems not quite right,
    As those glistening stripes look awfully bright.

    And other quadrupeds choose to wear,
    Coats of a much less dramatic flare,
    So does this unique body-art,
    Let zebras tell each other apart?
    Or give a way to regulate body heat,
    So the African sun does not roast their meat?
    Or is this dazzling guise,
    A trick to deter biting flies?

    This insect theory is supported,
    By a recent study reported,

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    Aug
    9th
    2014

    Twilight and Luna discuss the Rosetta mission and Luna makes a comet · 10:11pm Aug 9th, 2014

    It was great to see that Twilight’s Sputnik remained orbiting around the Popular Stories box for some five days—far longer than I expected for such a short story. And it has been an exciting week for space science, with the amazing photos from the Rosetta mission. Let’s hear about comets from Twilight and Luna…


    Photo: ESA; Twilight by VaderPL; Luna by 90sigma.

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    Dec
    29th
    2013

    Nuclear Power in Equestria and Elsewhere · 9:57pm Dec 29th, 2013

    It has been pointed out that Rock Farms and Nuclear Reactors was somewhat ridiculous. But Equestria runs on ridiculous ideas, so why not nuclear power?

    Well to start, Ponyville already has an enormous hydroelectric dam, which should produce far more electricity than that required by a small town. Plus as ponies have direct control over solar, wind and water resources, it would seem that renewables are a better bet.

    But we can easily find an excuse to favour nuclear.

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    Apr
    5th
    2015

    New Season Update from the CERN particle physics laboratory · 10:50pm Apr 5th, 2015

    “Isn't this exciting? Are you excited? 'Cause I'm excited. It's been such a long time we've had to wait for this, and now this weekend it's finally restarting after a long break and we can look forward to so much exciting new cool stuff. I've never been so excited, well, except for the time that I...”


    Images from LHC season 2

    Pinkie Pie stared gleefully at the screen showing the data transmitted live from the CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva.

    “Pinkie,” said Twilight. “They're just starting to circulate the beams and guide them through the 27km tunnels. It will be another month or so until they reach full energy and are ready to collide them at full energy to make new particles.”

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    May
    24th
    2016

    Snippet and Query · 10:30pm May 24th, 2016

    Almost certainly not appearing in chapter V:

    TWILIGHT SPARKLE (writes): "When we got to the library and Moongleam (as she has insisted we call her) saw the collection, she bounced around the room in a circle for a full minute, calling out 'Yes, yes, yes, yes!'. She seems very excitable to me. Is this normal for her species? Is it likely to happen oft-"

    (a short moment of embarrassed recollection later)

    TWILIGHT SPARKLE: "Oh. Right." (crosses out the above, several times)

    ...on another note.

    If I do decide to go down the CUTIE MARK CRUSADERS COSMONAUTS! path, even unto the point at which marks are earned in rocketry - well, I invite speculation in the comments as to what, specifically, Sweetie Belle's might be.

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    Aug
    2nd
    2015

    The Science of Magic (Exclusive Short) · 1:03am Aug 2nd, 2015

    Saw the new short and to say the least I quite enjoyed it. It gotten better over the years and it makes me want to see the next one. I liked the science aspect and strangely enough it reminds me of Pages of Harmony[Grimdark] where twilight does a study of how to extract harmony within a bearer.

    Jul
    6th
    2016

    Why Does the Sun Really Shine? · 2:15am Jul 6th, 2016

    They Might Be Giants made a song many years ago called Why Does the Sun Shine? which starts out with "The Sun is a mass of incandescent gas". It is a catchy song.

    But, you know, that isn't really accurate. The sun isn't made of gas, it's made of plasma.

    So they made a new, scientifically accurate version, Why Does the Sun Really Shine?

    They might be giants, but they're definitely nerds.

    Jul
    22nd
    2016

    Science-U · 12:41pm Jul 22nd, 2016

    So, after talking to some amazing people while attending a science based summer camp program —run by a university in my hometown— last year, I have continued to sign up for more of their camps.
    I did one about artificial intelligence last year, then one about infectious diseases earlier this year, and I just finished a delightfully nerdy camp. I got to talk to members of the LIGO —the program that discovered gravitational waves— staff, work with the very code they used to identify the phenomenon, and hang out with an amazing professor for three days.
    In two weeks, I will attend one more camp for the year, which will take up the entirety of my attention span. I will then return to a schedule of uninterrupted writing, and begin my sophomore year of high school soon after that.
    I'm still sick, and I'll visit the doctor again today, but I will continue writing really soon.
    Fingers crossed that the next round of antibiotics finishes off the illness.

    Aug
    8th
    2016

    My Disney VHS Collection: Touchstone Pictures and Hollywood Pictures · 8:51pm Aug 8th, 2016

    *NOTE: I add these to my Disney VHS collection because they are Disney subsidiaries.*

    TOUCHSTONE:

    1. BABY, SECRET OF THE LOST LEGEND
    DATE: 1985
    PRINT DATE: Either October 4 or 9, 1985 (ink is fading fast from the bottom sticker)
    PLACE OF PURCHASE: http://www.eBay.com (former rental; from Tolley's Video Mart, which was a regional chain of stores in the state of Tennessee; this came from their Springfield (Tennessee) locale)
    OPENING: Red Orange FBI Warning, ''Licensed for Private Home Exhibition Only...'', Touchstone Films logo

    2. MY SCIENCE PROJECT
    DATE: 1986
    PRINT DATE: March 21, 1986
    PLACE OF PURCHASE: None (self-made copy)
    OPENING: Red Orange FBI Warning, ''Licensed for Private Home Exhibition Only...'', ''Coming Soon'', Down & Out In Beverly Hills preview (the moment when Disney used Touchstone to put out their first R-rated movie!!!), Touchstone Home Video logo (still logo), Touchstone Films logo
    CLOSING: Has Walt Disney and You promo

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    Aug
    17th
    2016

    Chapter 8 of Fallout Equestia: Black Cat is done + news! · 9:15am Aug 17th, 2016

    Hey again. Finished up Chapter 8 of Fallout Equestia: Black Cat. I thought it would be nice to have a One Piece after arc party chapter. It is nice to have a chapter where the characters just have some fun before the big action starts again.

    I have been working pretty hard on my Lunaverse: Galaxy Rangers story. I think it will be completely done by the end of the month. I already have six chapters finished. The co-riff I did with Key Strix on the story Wedding is Off! (Rewrite) by xd77 is almost completely done. We just need to put the final touches on it. I will be posting it soon.

    Chapter 8

    Aug
    19th
    2016

    LAZARUS HAS UPDATED! · 10:47pm Aug 19th, 2016

    A NEW CHAPTER?!

    Holy balls Batma––Immortan Joe, the story updated!

    My God...PREP THE RIG!

    Sep
    29th
    2016

    Hello Kitty to support International Linear Collider · 10:23pm Sep 29th, 2016

    Celebrity endorsements by cute cartoon cats are good for any project. This week Symmetry Magazine reports that Hello Kitty is helping to promote the International Linear Collider.

    The ILC is a proposed next generation high energy particle physics experiment, to accelerate electrons and positrons in a straight track over 30km long, before smashing them together to probe the fundamental constituents of matter in unprecedented detail. Further pushing the frontiers of science far beyond what we can reach with the Large Hadron Collider.

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    Oct
    1st
    2016

    Lazarus Chapter Finished and in Need of Real Editors · 3:55am Oct 1st, 2016

    YES! New Lazarus chapter is finished and boy is there a lot of exposition and build up to something cool!

    However, I lost a great deal of editors for the story due to my last hiatus and now I only have like one or two. So if any of you know actual grammar, not a little bit, like enough to actually write something that's formatted and well constructed (and would love to help) please contact me.

    Also, I'm not looking for one time people. I'm hoping for someone who's willing to stick around. Please hit me up if you wanna join, I don't normally do dead lines or anything, unless I'm very desperate to get it out. So feel free to hop on in and take your time.

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