It seems like every week someone tells us how the internet and the digital age are overloading our brains. Sure, sometimes it feels like we’re being fed more information than we can handle, and that we’re paying attention to the wrong things. Are we giving our brain a fair shot? I mean, it’s a pretty powerful device.
The Quantum World is filled with so many quirks. For example, the properties of particles can’t be determined until they are measured. So before you observe the location of an electron, it exists in all of its possible positions. This quirk is known as superposition. The behavior is so strange that we must perform outside-of-the-box experiments to understand the nature of particles.
In 1935, Erwin Schrodinger proposed a famous thought experiment to explore superposition-Schrodinger’s Cat. Place a cat in a box with a deadly poison triggered by a radioactive nucleus. We can’t predict when the poison would be released. So until we open the box, the cat is both alive and dead. The kitty is in a state of superposition.
In 2013, Mike Wilson aka Coma Niddy, proposed a similar experiment. I call it Quantum Skittles. To learn more about it you’ll have to [Watch] my video. And if you like the video then you should also [Subscribe] to my YouTube Channel for more Science.
How Microorganisms Move - Bloopers
It’s tough to keep a straight face when fluttering around like a Paramecium. Check out the Bloopers How Microorganisms Move. Want more? Go to Coma Niddy University on YouTube for all the Science!
New episode of It’s Okay To Be Smart is up! I tackle one of the oldest questions in the book:
Why is the sky blue (or any other color)? It’s a question that you’d think kids have been asking for thousands of years, but it might not be that old at all. The ancient Greek poet Homer never used a word for blue in The Odyssey or The Iliad, because blue is one of the last colors that cultures pick out a word for.
In this episode, I’ll tell you not only why the sky is blue, but why it’s red at sunset. It turns out, those colors are all part of the same sunbeam. And when you’re looking at a blue sky, you could be sharing a special moment with someone thousands of miles away. Next time a kid (or the kid inside you) wants to know why the sky is blue, you’ll have science to back you up!
On this week’s episode of Coma Niddy University, I address your questions, comments, and concerns about the use of nano-silver. Silver releases charged particles that can kill germs and bacteria.
Nano-silver’s applications can be valuable but also come at a price. Beneficial bacteria may be harmed, ingestion of nano-silver can turn our skin blue, and if released in the ocean fish and other creatures may suffer.
The nano-silver conversation is not limited to YouTube. You can join here on Tumblr. I personally think that nano-silver is awesome but more research and development is required to ensure that it is used safely and effectively. What are you thoughts on the use of nano-silver?
Which is brighter? The red of a rose or the green of it’s leaves? Depending on the time of day this answer may change. Flowers can teach us about the physiology of our eyes. Explore with me as we learn about the Purkinje Effect.
Take a look at my new video. It puts a twist on Valentine’s Day.
In 1819 Czech Physiologist Jan Evangelista Purkyne noticed that in daylight red flowers tend to stand out from their green leaves. He then noticed that the green leaves stood out more in low light situations. Purkyne’s simple observation of flowers led to an important discovery about human vision.
The AntiMatter Rap According to Einstein’s equation, e=mc^2, matter and energy are the same. Energy can be transformed into matter and vice versa. However during the process antimatter is created as well.
Antimatter is awesome and raises a lot of questions. What happens when antimatter and matter meet? If antimatter and matter are made at the same time, where is all the antimatter? You can find out more in my new video - The AntiMatter Rap!
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