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

Hello! I’m Pineta. Welcome to my lab. This is where I experiment with new ways to communicate science using ponies and engineer mutant hybrid stories which defy classification as fiction or non-fiction. 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

Pinkie Pie guide to Irrational and Transcendental Numbers

Twilight Sparkle and Pinkie Pie attack Pony Princess Doll Marketing

See also the Full Index.

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’m based in England, but love to travel and make friends around the world.

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Parents... · 10:24pm

Writers of children’s adventure fiction know very well that parents are a problem. They just get in the way and interfere with the thrilling adventures you want to send your character on. Successful writers have found effective ways to deal with this problem, such as: sending your character off to boarding school (Enid Blyton); killing the parents off in chapter one (Roald Dahl); or (to be doubly safe) both sending the character to boarding school and killing off their parents (J.K. Rowling)…

[Celestia and Luna sit at the breakfast table in Canterlot Castle, flipping through the morning papers, and reading their mail.]

Celestia: [reads a letter and chuckles] There’s a lovely story in this letter from Twilight. It’s about Rainbow Dash’s parents.

Luna: [looks up shocked] Rainbow Dash has parents! I’ve never seen Rainbow Dash’s parents. I assumed she had just spontaneously appeared in a flash of lightning one stormy night and was found asleep on a cloud outside the door of the Cloudsdale orphanage. Or something like that.

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#60 · 7w, 4d ago · · ·


No, I missed that, thanks for the tip-off. Unfortunately I don't think I can fit in a trip up to Scotland this weekend.

#59 · 7w, 4d ago · 1 · ·

As it's the sort of thing that you sometimes blog about, do you know that it's national unicorn day this Sunday in Scotland?

#58 · 37w, 4d ago · · ·

How far is the L4 Earth-Sun Lagrange point from Earth? Let's say that Equiis is a simi.... nevermind, I'll just look up the formula.

#57 · 47w, 1d ago · · ·


Very cool. I think I've directed a few readers to mylittleconomy over time. Good to see it also works the other way.

#56 · 47w, 1d ago · · ·

you're the science version of my little economy, and now I'm following you.

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