Big Picture Science – Moving Right Along

by Gary Niederhoff on August 18, 2014

Big Picture Science – Moving Right Along
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You think your life is fast-paced, but have you ever seen a bacterium swim across your countertop? You’d be surprised how fast they can move.

Find out why modeling the swirl of hurricanes takes a roomful of mathematicians and supercomputers, and how galaxies can move away from us faster than the speed of light.

Also, what happens when we try to stop the dance of atoms, cooling things down to the rock bottom temperature known as absolute zero.

And why your watch doesn’t keep the same time when you’re in a jet as when you’re at the airport. It’s all due to the fact that motion is relative, says Al Einstein.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Mike Smith – Hurricane Tracking
Part 2: Bob Berman – Small Scale Movement
Part 3: Seth Shostak – Relative Motion
Part 4: Bill Phillips – Absolute Zero
Part 5: Bob Berman – Large Scale Movement

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