Month: March 2017

Pythagorean Astronomy: TRAPPIST-1 and other stories

Posted on 27 March 2017 by Chris North

At the end of last month, there was a lot of interest in the discovery of seven roughly Earth-sized planets in the TRAPPIST-1 system. One month on, Chris North and Edward Gomez discuss the implications of this discovery. We also get an update from the Amaury Triaud, of the University of Cambridge, about TRAPPIST and its successor, SPECULOOS.
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Ogden Trust School Physicist of the Year Award

Posted on 24 March 2017 by Brychan Govier

Is one of your students the future face of Physics? The Ogden Trust’s School Physicist of the Year Award is open for nominations. If you teach A-level physics at a school or college in Wales, you can nominate your most promising year 12 physics student. Entries are limited to one year 12 student per school, and
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Martin Rees: the World in 2050

Posted on 20 March 2017 by Chris North

Leading astrophysicist Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and a senior figure in UK science, will look ahead to 2050 in a public lecture at Cardiff University on 6th April. This event is sponsored by the Learned Society of Wales and forms part of the Annual University/LSW Partnership Lecture series. It will be followed by a reception
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A Physics Puzzle – Solution

Posted on 15 March 2017 by Chris North

A few weeks ago we posted the puzzle on the right – well, here’s the answer. A simple pendulum has a period given by If you insert that into the expression in the puzzle you get That simplifies to πg – which you could otherwise write as pi g! Not too complicated, providing you spot the trick! If
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