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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.”

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.

Meme2-solstice2Learn more about the summer solstice


9. For best sun-bathing approaches, try calculus.

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Learn more about Fibonacci numbers in sunflowers


8. Sand alone does not a sandcastle make.

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Learn more about the physics of sandcastles


7. Glorious sunsets only look that way from where you are standing.

Meme10-Sunset2Learn more about the physics of sunsets


6. All dives are created equal. At least, they start that way.

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More on the physics of bellyflops


5. Rollercoaster straps are not for the super-fast, upside-down parts.

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Learn more about the physics of roller coasters 


4. Campfires are even cooler than you thought.

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Learn more about the physics of fire


3. Migration could be a quantum science.

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Learn more about the quantum nature of bird migration


2. Insects really are just amazing. 

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Learn more about the physics of cicadas


1. Photosynthesis just got even more fascinating.

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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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