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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?

Learn more about Fibonacci numbers in sunflowers

8. Also, don’t add cannonballs.


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.


More on the physics of bellyflops

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


Learn more about the physics of roller coasters 

4. Humans also decay to lower energies around campfires.


Learn more about the physics of fire

3. Alternate theory.


Learn more about the quantum nature of bird migration

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


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.


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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