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Pineta


Particle Physics and Pony Fiction Experimentalist

Apr
19th
2019

Finland, Cruise Ships, and Bioluminescent Algae · 1:20pm Last Friday

Just returned from a week in my current favourite country Finland, where I went to a ShowScience workshop in Turku. I was travelling with a large suitcase full of physics toys. Just the basics: cloud chamber, silicon detector, radioactive objects, Lego kits, LHC posters; as well as an electron, proton, positron, Z boson; up, down, top, bottom, strange and anti-charm quark plushies; and laptop loaded with virtual model of ATLAS detector. I was very restrained in my packing compared to some

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Apr
5th
2019

Rainbow Lasers · 9:28pm April 5th

In Spring Breakdown:

Rainbow Dash: I'm talkin' rainbow lasers!
Sunset Shimmer: Is that a thing?

Fascinating question...

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Apr
3rd
2019

Felicia the Fermilab Ferret · 5:23pm April 3rd

Nice to see this long overlooked player in particle physics research now getting the recognition she deserves:
Why Physicists Tried to Put a Ferret in a Particle Accelerator

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Mar
29th
2019

The Art of Polar Vortex Explanation · 11:03pm March 29th

New story out now. Check it out here:

EPolar Vortex
Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle seek to track down the causes of extreme cold weather at the Cloudsdale Weather Factory.
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I started writing this two months ago, when, as residents of some parts of the Northern Hemisphere may recall, it was rather chilly. This saw a return of headlines about the Polar Vortex and a resulting spectrum of science stories, and a twitterstorm of science communicators trying to both correct misconceptions and cash in on the interest in a science topic.

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Mar
22nd
2019

Put It To The People March London Tomorrow · 4:59pm March 22nd

If British politics were an Equestria Girls film, we would now be at the scene where the Prime Minister has transformed into a megalomaniac winged demon, and is now hovering above the Palace of Westminster, sending out shots of dark magic while cackling with laughter, yet frustrated with people’s efforts to thwart her evil plans.

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Mar
17th
2019

Polar Vortex · 11:36pm March 17th

Preparing for my next story. Tell me, dear readers, what do you think the Polar Vortex is in Equestria?

1. A band of westerly wind that swirls around 50km above the polar cap during summer months. Usually stable, but can be disturbed by disruptive weather created by inexperienced weather ponies, with unforeseen consequences?

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Mar
10th
2019

Preparing for the Apocalypse · 11:47pm March 10th

There are now less than twenty days until Britain will leave the European Union. There is no agreement between the UK and EU as to how this will happen, or even any agreement among British politicians about what sort of agreement they want. There is some agreement that the deal Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated, which is not so much a deal as an agreement to agree all the details later, is not acceptable. Remainers hate it as it will cut us off from Europe. Leavers hate it as it looks

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Mar
4th
2019

Pinkie Pie Guide to Building a Fusion Reactor · 12:26am March 4th

Anyone see this story in the news a couple of weeks ago about a 12-year old who built a fusion reactor? This is a well-established DIY project. The design is a Farnsworth-Hirsch fusor, which uses high electric fields to force hydrogen atoms into fusing together. There is a whole community of fusion fans building reactors in basements and garages around the world.

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Feb
24th
2019

I won something! · 10:42am February 24th

This post is excessively self-congratulatory. Should I try to be as cool as Rainbow Dash?

Or should I declare myself the Greatest and Most Powerfullest physics-themed pony fanfiction writer in Oxford University?

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Feb
18th
2019

More on Clouds · 12:18am February 18th

On Friday, while thousands of school students were taking to the streets to call for radical action to fight global warming, I went to a lecture by Bjorn Stevens from the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology in Hamburg, who is widely regarded as a world leading expert on clouds. This was a physics talk, mostly about the way clouds interact with radiation, the role they play in transporting water and energy in the atmosphere, and how to include them in climate models to improve the accuracy and

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