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10 physics facts about summer

As Carl Sagan once wrote: “It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little bit about it.”

Summer is officially upon us! It’s time for amusement in the radiant heat of a 4.5-billion-year-old sphere of searing plasma that fuses 620 million tons of hydrogen per second – in short: fun in the sun.

With that in mind, we present these scientific snippets underlying some beloved aspects of the season.


10. Uranians rarely have a midsummer night’s dream.

Meme2-solstice2Learn more about the summer solstice


9. If flowers are so good at math why did humans invent calculus?

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Learn more about Fibonacci numbers in sunflowers


8. Also, don’t add cannonballs.

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Learn more about the physics of sandcastles


7. If you see a green sunset, run.

Meme10-Sunset2Learn more about the physics of sunsets


6. Related.

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More on the physics of bellyflops


5. If you aren’t in a loop, it’s the harness and terror.

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Learn more about the physics of roller coasters 


4. Humans also decay to lower energies around campfires.

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Learn more about the physics of fire


3. Alternate theory.

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Learn more about the quantum nature of bird migration


2. They will also one day rule earth. Look at those eyes. 

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Learn more about the physics of cicadas


1. All kidding aside, we seriously need to figure out how this works so we can harness it.

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Learn more on the quantum nature of photosynthesis 


What’s your favourite summer science factoid? Tweet it to @Perimeter with the hashtag #PhysicsOfSummer.

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