Ah, summer. It’s the perfect time to doze, daze, and get dosed up on physics. Sit back in the radiant heat of a 4.5-billion-year-old sphere of searing plasma that fuses 620 million tons of hydrogen per second, and get ready for some sciency fun in the sun. We present these scientific snippets underlying some beloved aspects of the season.
10. Uranians rarely have a midsummer night’s dream.
9. For best sun-bathing approaches, try calculus.
8. Sand alone does not a sandcastle make.
7. Glorious sunsets only look that way from where you are standing.
6. All dives are created equal. At least, they start that way.
5. Rollercoaster straps are not for the super-fast, upside-down parts.
4. Campfires are even cooler than you thought.
3. Migration could be a quantum science.
2. Insects really are just amazing.
1. Photosynthesis just got even more fascinating.
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