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The Space Barons

This book, recommended by a fellow space-loving friend, was an absolutely amazing read about commercial space. Christian Davenport is a wonderful writer – he was able to capture all the beautiful historical events of the advent of commercial space in such a captivating manner. Needless to say, this is my favorite book by far.

The Space BaronsĀ details how commercial space came to be what it is now. The book focuses on SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic, highlighting how all of these private space companies came to be in the face of the government and NASA. This book shows the persistence that had to be endured to overcome the “old” way of building rockets and how these companies pushed their way into the space industry.

In the past, NASA has spent billions of dollars building rockets, but SpaceX and Blue Origin were there to completely change the game with reusable and affordable rockets. Even in the face of adversity, Elon Musk pushed and shoved and completely changed the industry, paving the way for space startups to have a chance against the old contractors.

If you’re looking to learn more about the commercial space industry in general, this is the book for you. Davenport includes so many spectacular details that will leave you trembling in excitement – as it did me! I have to admit, many times throughout the book the hairs on my arm stood on end.

Please please give it a read! Especially if you are interested in space. I promise you, you won’t be disappointed.

 

Setting up Android Studio for FTC Robotics

This is a step-by-step tutorial showing you how to install and set-up Android Studio. Continue reading “Setting up Android Studio for FTC Robotics”

How to Build a Simple Mousetrap Car

In my AP Physics class we were required to create a mousetrap car that was able to roll 45 feet in order to obtain a 100 test grade. I was quite excited by this challenge, and created a car that rolled a total of 60 feet on the first test run, only taking a total of 3 hours to build! Here, I will be instructing you how to build a successful mousetrap car.

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Impact of Black Holes on Science and Society

Black holes are awesome, we all know what they’re capable of, but how do black holes even impact us human beings on earth from deep space? Well for one, it could lead to the destruction of earth. If there were ever the chance of a physicist creating a tiny black hole in a lab, and lose control of it, it would essentially spaghettify everything and anything in its path and ultimately wipe out the entire human race and our planet. Continue reading “Impact of Black Holes on Science and Society”

Nonlocality – When Particles Can Affect One Another From Large Distances

Quantum mechanics can be a quite entangling subject. Such is the topic of quantum entanglement. As I was reading Brian Greene’s “The Fabric of the Cosmos” and encountered the idea of locality and nonlocality, I became quite intrigued but yet confused. Continue reading “Nonlocality – When Particles Can Affect One Another From Large Distances”

Importance of Education

Education has always been an important aspect in my life. There’s no distinct line between my short and long term educational goals. In all honesty, it has always been more of a long term goal in terms of gaining knowledge. Continue reading “Importance of Education”

Unifying Quantum Mechanics and the Theory of Relativity

Although there are various problems in today’s society, a problem that itches the back of my and physicists’ minds continues to exist. The struggle to unify the theories of quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity is ever-growing. Continue reading “Unifying Quantum Mechanics and the Theory of Relativity”

Scientists Have Created a Wormhole

Scientists have created a wormhole in a lab! Sadly, for us sci-fi geeks and nerds, it’s a magnetic wormhole, not a gravitational one. Quite fortunately it still has the same fundamentals of a wormhole and is awesome in its own way!

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Thanksgiving in Space

Happy Thanksgiving! In the United States, family gathers together to share what it is they are thankful for, and to spend time with one another. However, in space, astronauts don’t have the opportunity to meet and gather with their families – they are still required to work. Continue reading “Thanksgiving in Space”

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