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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. I post something at least once a week. 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.

Latest Stories


Morning Post · 11:38pm

Yesterday I submitted my entry to FanOfMostEverything’s awesome Imposing Sovereigns contest. If you haven’t done so yet, take a look at Crystal Glass Ceilings, the tale of Princess Cadance the Usurper - a princess who grabbed power in a man’s world. That was the prompt. While FOME was clear that it wasn’t expected to adhere to the ‘Man’s World’ bit, I decided it would be far more interesting to do so. The result has received an interesting reception. There's nothing like a hint of feminism to bring out the down votes.

It’s not as well polished as I would like, but it’s crystal-ier than ever.

Tagging this to Breaking News and Weather to let fans of my pony newspaper front pages know that I created another such publication to accompany this story. The Crystal Empire Morning Post is the conservative daily of the northernmost pony outpost.

I took the name from the South China Morning Post - the big English language newspaper in Hong Kong, which was historically the voice of the British colony, as I was trying to give the Crystal Empire the old patriarchal society of the British Empire. (The modern SCMP is rather different. Hong Kong has a free press, but just how much influence Beijing has on this is interesting question).

The style, however, is straight from the Daily Mail, as this story required a paper only interested in reporting what the princess was wearing, and there is no better model for that than the Mail, which always keeps us so well informed about Kate Middleton’s wardrobe.

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#58 · 28w, 14h 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 · 37w, 4d 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 · 37w, 4d ago · · ·

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

#55 · 42w, 2d ago · · ·


You're welcome

#54 · 42w, 2d ago · · ·

Thanks for the fave, sweetie. :raritywink:

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