Monthly Archives: January 2015

Movie Explained: Predestination (2014)

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Source: moviepilot.com

What came first; a chicken or an egg? You can never tell. The father of all causality problems has made people scratch their head since maybe the first time man started using his brain pondering over existence and life. Predestination is a film which takes problems such as this to a whole new level. A story of a temporal agent who travels in time to stop crimes from happening before it takes place. So, much filled with the causality crisis that my head spun right off my neck trying to understand what the heck is happening. Continue reading

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Of Hidden Dimensions and Intergalactic Space Travel

HYPERSPACE

The Millenium Falcon zapping off into Hyperspace Source: myfreewallpapers.net

The Millenium Falcon zapping off into Hyperspace Source: myfreewallpapers.net

‘We’ll be safe enough once we make the jump into hyperspace’ exclaims Hans Solo (in the Star Wars Universe) as he maneuvers his space ship, The Millennium Falcon, away from the planet Tatooine while being chased by Cruiser ships of the evil empire.

After a momentary delay adjusting some settings on his space ship, Hans ratchets up their Ship’s speed. The ship gains a sudden acceleration and zaps off into the unknown as they leave the other ships chasing and shooting at them clueless. Swoosh!

In science fiction, Hyperspace is a concept employed in Intergalactic space travel. A space ship with hyper drive (i.e space ship that can cruise in hyperspace) technology can glide into hyperspace Continue reading

Schrodinger’s Cat

Cat

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Erwin Schrodinger, while explaining his quantum theory proposed his famous brain racking ‘thought experiment’ (mind you!) of the Schrodinger’s Cat.

The Experiment:
We place a living cat into a steel chamber, along with a device containing a vial of  hydrocyanic acid, a Gieger Counter which detects radioactive decay, a hammer and a radioactive substance.  If even a single atom of the substance decays during the test period, a mechanism will trip the hammer, which will, in turn, break the vial and kill the cat. Continue reading

Movie Review: Primer (2004)

en.wikipaediaPrimerTime travel into the past is a mind bending concept to grasp. For it introduces paradoxes. There’ll be two versions of you hanging out in the same time frame; the original you and the one who has travelled back. So if you go back and kill your original self, do you actually fade away from existence? For surely there wont be any future you who’d travel back to perform this terrible transgression. Or do you just continue to live that life as yourself (since fading away is not a human thing to do). But as someone who knows the future and of course with a body to be dealt with.

Primer, let me tell you, deals with such paradoxes and ambiguities.  It is a simple film though in the sense that it doesn’t have your regular geeks, mad scientists working with equations, evil corporates chasing our heroes or fancy gadgets which creates electric field around it when activated. No…  But of course, this film is painfully confusing and complex in terms of the plot. Continue reading

The Standard Model of Physics

For a long time, everything in the universe was believed to be made from Atom. They theorized it to be the most fundamental particle. The idea was formulated by Democritus in 6th Century B.C and John Dalton in 1800s formulated Modern atomic theory claiming Atom is smallest particle and atom is indivisible. Dalton saab couldn’t have been more wrong.

Later, in nineteenth century, experiments concluded that atom was indeed made up of more fundamental particles. It was observed to have positively and negatively charged particles along with neutral particles. Well! then we have protons, electrons and neutrons. Scientist thought they reached the bottom of the puzzle.

Oh drat! Continue reading

Stuff We Don’t See…

Its not actually empty you know. Courtesy: iliketowastemytime.com

Its not actually empty you know. Courtesy: iliketowastemytime.com

Let me tell you something mindblowing! Cosmologists have concluded that everything that we have observed… The stars, the planets, The Galaxies, The black holes, the sun, the earth, me and you, everything that we call ‘normal’ matter make up only about 5% of the entire universe. Yes! Really! only 5% (This is where you are supposed to be mindblown!!).

Rest of it is yet unknown. And of course, we have conveniently named them Dark. Kind of a cliché, isn’t it?

In 1929, an astronomer named Edwin Hubble discovered something profound. Continue reading

Subatomic Particles

An Atom is divided into Subatomic particles, also called elementary particle, that form the fundamental constituents of all matter basically Electrons, Protons and Neutrons. Advances in technology have enabled scientists to break subatomic particles down to even smaller pieces, some in existence for mere seconds. Some common particles are Fermions, Bosons, Quarks, Hadrons, Mesons etc.

More than 200 subatomic particles have been detected. Theoretical and experimental research in particle physics, the study of subatomic particles and their properties, has given scientists a clearer understanding of the nature of matter and energy and of the origin of the universe.