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Particle Physics and Pony Fiction Experimentalist

Standing on the Withers of Alicorns: The Science of My Little Pony

Hello! I’m Pineta, also known as Dr Sam Henry, Detector Development Scientist, Physics Lecturer, and Science Communicator at the University of Oxford. Welcome to my fan fiction laboratory, where I experiment with new ways to communicate science using ponies and engineer mutant hybrid stories which defy classification as fiction or non-fiction. To learn more about what I do see this blog post: Science Communication with My Little Pony Fan Fiction or watch this:

Please take a look around. You are encouraged to participate in the experiments by reading, rating and commenting. At good place to start is: The Art of Rainbow Engineering. If you want something short and sweet try: Domestic Rock Science. If you’re ready for something more advanced try: Rock Farms and Nuclear Reactors, or Time on Their Hooves. I have also written a collection of pony newspaper front pages: Breaking News and Weather, which got me into the RCL, and my most popular story: The Brightest and the Best.

I aim to maintain an awesome blog on everything science, pony and fiction related. A few of the best bits are:

Physics Highlight of Rainbow Rocks
It's About Time Dilation
Quantum Mechanics, Schrödinger's Cat, and the My Little Pony Movie Trailer
Pinkie Pie guide to Irrational and Transcendental Numbers
Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie attack Pony Princess Doll Marketing

Twilight Sparkle is Best Pony. Rainbow Dash gets a special mention as you can’t get much more awesome than a sonic rainboom. And a big hug to Pinkie Pie, who taught me how to explain complex scientific topics in a way which everyone can understand, and occasionally writes guest posts for my blog.

In the real world, I build kit for particle physics experiments and teach math and physics to university students. I have a PhD in astroparticle physics. I live in Oxford, England, but love to travel and make friends around the world. See my science blog: Particle Physics Gadgeteering for some real world stories.


Resonating with the Next Generation · 4:31pm March 4th

Izzy Moonbow explains the principle of spin precession and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance to Sunny Starscout with the aid of a tennis ball.

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No thanks. If I find some time to do more writing, I have plenty of other story ideas to work on.

Hey Pineta! I noticed you haven't been writing lately so i was wondering if you could do me a favor:

I remember in Forgotten Friendship, Sunset Shimmer said, "Did you know Chancellor Puddinghead tried to pass a law mandating Earth ponies drink carrot juice at every meal?" Well i was wondering if you could do a fic on this. Only if you want to. But if you don't please tell me so i don't spend weeks waiting for an answer.

I would like to invite you to my new group, Science is Magic.

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