How do autonomous cars work?

03/03/17| How it worksPhysics in everyday lifeUncategorized

There is not a fully autonomous car yet, but several automakers are testing this technology. It has been partially applied in cars for sale, in systems such as car parking assist, automatic braking, among others. Acceleration, braking and steering are controlled by a computer that constantly receives data from sensors. These sensors are able to […]

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Nobel Prize for Physics in 2016

03/03/17| Uncategorized

The Nobel Prize for Physics in 2016 was awarded to British researchers David Thouless, Duncan Haldane and Michael Kosterlitz for their theoretical discoveries on exotic states of matter, paving the way for the development of new materials with unusual properties. Made this Tuesday, 10/04, by the organization that awards the prize, the Karolinska Institute, in […]

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How do the ships float?

03/03/17| How it worksPhysics curiositiesUncategorized

How do the ships float? The physical explanation is in the density and principle of Archimedes! Density Density can be defined as the mass per volume unit of a substance at a given pressure and temperature: density = mass/volume So, floating depends not only on the mass, but on the distribution of the mass by […]

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Is the kilogram (kg) getting lighter?

03/03/17| Physics curiositiesUncategorized

The kilogram (kg) is the basic unit of mass of the International System of Units (IS) and is defined as being equal to the mass of the International Prototype Kilogram, IPK, called “Le Grand K”, almost equal to a liter of water. This prototype is composed of iridium and platinum and is in the custody […]

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The “Inverted World” of Stranger Things

03/03/17| Physics in cinemaUncategorized

The “Inverted World” of Netflix’s most popular series, Stranger Things, is not just an author’s fiction idea. The hypothesis of a parallel universe or “many worlds” emerged decades ago, in 1957, by physicist Hugh Everett. The young doctoral candidate at Princeton University came up with a radical idea: the existence of parallel universes, just like […]

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The science behind the Pokemon Go!

03/03/17| How it worksUncategorized

The Pokémon Go game has been released and, in a few hours, is already a success! In the game, the user must move by pressing a screen on the map that shows the location of the player based on specific locations in real life. In this way, he can capture, with the device, any Pokemon […]

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