First things first: I’m in Scotland! Which is why I have been slacking on my posts. But, hey, it’s still September so I’m technically still on time for my one-a-month quota. Admittedly, I’ve been extremely busy and pre-occupied as a result, my aim for this post isn’t exactly to be blogger-laureate. It is, however, sort of unendingly beautiful here so I’ll give you some snapshots.
St. Andrews is pretty cool (cold, actually (haha) and windy). We’re on the North Sea and, as I’ve been learning in my Geology class, we get cold wind all day and a warm breeze at night due to the specific heat of water and atmospheric convection currents. Woohoo! Specific, or latent, heat of a substance is the amount of energy it takes to change 1kg of water from a solid to a liquid. That energy usually comes from the sun for processes that happen on earth. The specific heat of water is greater than that of land, which means that it takes more energy to change the temperature of water than it does land. Thus, the water stays fairly warm (relatively) at night even though the sun is gone. The difference of temperature between the land and the water causes convection currents to form and we get a nice warm (again, relative) sea breeze in the evening, which is a nice surprise.
Just a few updates on science in the real world:
3-D Printers continue to be awesome and soon I think we’ll have replicators:
I’ve become a big fan of learning through internet videos lately. It’s how I study now. Check out khanacademy.org if you want to learn science and math stuff from a legit website. Also, there are increasing numbers of free, online university lectures now being offered through things like href=”http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm”>MIT and “http://www.apple.com/education/ipad/itunes-u/”>iTunes U. A good site that I like for learning computer code is here.
Physicists have apparently discovered a way to make photon molecules. If that’s not enough to impress you, how about the fact that these never-before-seen molecules act like light sabers. Best. Thing. Ever.
Let’s see, what else has been happening? I know there are lots of things, but I’m too excited about the light sabers right now to remember. The news was especially exciting to me since I’ve been in York, England fighting against storm troopers.