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Does a clock oscillating in a friction-free hole through the center of a planet run slower than a stationary clock on the surface?

Assume a clock is dropped into a friction-free hole through the center of a symmetric, non-rotating planet, far from any other massive object. Clearly, the clock oscillates from one end of the hole to ...
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How far could the LHC “fire” a proton into space if we (outside LHC) ignore all interactions but gravity?

Very simple question, and frankly quite a silly one, but I'm currently writing a lecture for secondary school kids and I'd love to tell them how far the Large Hadron Collider could fire a proton. The ...
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Would a rocky planet orbiting so close to a very hot star eventually vaporize?

I was thinking about the physics behind a hypothetical scenario where a planet the size and the mass of the Earth is orbiting so close to a very hot star and what the long-term fate of such a planet ...
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Are we increasing the gravity of Earth with our population?

I have these questions related to my question title: Do we, other species and things have our own gravity? How much Gs a human have? Are we effecting Earth, nearby moons and planets with our ...
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Am I experiencing any effect from black holes gravitational pull?

So we know that there is a black hole in the middle of the Milky Way. Am I experiencing any effect from the high gravitational pull of the black hole? If no...then why? If yes...then how much?
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What is a simple calculation to figure out how many watts needed to maintain a hot piece of tungsten?

The specific heat of tungsten is $.13 (\text{kJ /(kg K)})$. 1 cubic cm of tungsten is .0193 kg And the melting point of stainless steel is $1900 \deg \text{K}$ conservatively (giving it plenty of ...
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How much carbon dioxide do we actually ingest from a can of coke?

On this most trustworthy page it states that a 355 mL can of coke contains on average about 2.2 grams of carbon dioxide. As far as I know, this carbon dioxide can exist in solution as carbonic acid, ...
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Continuity equation and pressure head in a tank

Consider a tank which is full of water. We connect a horozontal pipe at its bottom. When the pipe is open, water starts flowing through the pipe, then the velocity of water is proportional to the ...
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SOHO solar observatory, comet numbers and composition

SOHO discovered its 3,000th comet, cementing its standing as the greatest comet finder of all time. Prior to the 1995 launch of the observatory, commonly known as SOHO, only a dozen or so comets ...
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Can a piece of metal have all of its conduction electrons stripped?

Can a piece of metal have all of its conduction electrons stripped? If so, has this been done and for what value?
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What is the potential and kinetic energy of the international space station?

I know it's possible to calculate, but what formulas would I use to be as accurate as possible? I'd like to see how it works for something big and high like that.
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How quickly was the Earth rotating 250 million years ago?

The Earth is slowing at a rate of $4.7\times10^{-4}$ miles per second every 100 years due to tidal forces of the moon. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth%27s_rotation ...
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How is the Earth heated by a Full Moon?

While the moon is certainly not a good reflector of solar radiation, surely the radiation it reflects back heats the Earth (even if it is a terribly small amount). How would one go about calculating ...
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Do other people's mass count when measuring the attraction of the earth on me? [duplicate]

Suppose that I'm alone on a planet of $M$. From what I learned from school, the gravitation force acting on me is given by $$F=G\frac{mM}{r^2},$$ where $m$ is my mass, $r$ is the distance between me ...
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Is it possible to produce gravitational waves artificially?

Why don't they make a ball with irregularities, say the size of a tennis ball, then spin it very rapidly, so it would produce gravitational waves like a spinning star with irregularities on it? Is ...
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How big are clouds? [closed]

How big are clouds? When I look up into the sky I have no frame of reference, so I don't know if they are 200 feet or 2 miles across. When I am in a plane looking out at a cloud, I try to use the wing ...
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How far out from the Sun is visible light still sufficient to read a book?

Recent pictures from the New Horizons spacecraft, shown below, seem to indicate that, at Pluto's distance, we are entering a twilight zone, with a distinct lack of colors, although that could be due ...
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Does not the mass of those living on the Earth add on to the mass of the Earth or is it too negligible to be cared for?

Source: Earth weighs about 13,170,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 pounds (or 5,974,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kilograms). Since Earth is too big to be placed on a scale, scientists use mathematics ...
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How big is a 1kW fire?

What is the size/scale of a wood fire that is producing 1kW? I'd like to improve my ability to conceptualize various power scales.
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Grand Canyon Sound Problem Troubles

Yesterday, I got a question in class, this is the question: If you shout into the Grand Canyon, your voice travels at the speed of sound (340m/s) to the bottom of the canyon and back, and you hear an ...
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How is it possible that the energy needed to stop a train is the same as the (chemical) energy in a pack of chocolate cookies?

Today my friend told me something that blew my mind completely. He said: The energy necessary to stop a train is equal to the energy in a pack of cookies. How is that possible? Is he right? I'm ...
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Can the curvature of space be measured using a swimming pool?

I read somewhere that if the center of mass of two twelve ton elephants was one meter apart then the space they curve would be one nanometer longer. (Though I doubt elephants come that dense) This ...
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Looking at a falling person (vertically) from 60m to the surface, how much wind effect is going to be felt?

I am trying to work out horizontal ranges for a falling person from height (in 10m steps from 0m to 60m). I have used this site http://www.convertalot.com/ballistic_trajectory_calculator.html to ...
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Is Voyager 2 slowing down?

Voyager 2 will leave the dominating gravitational influence of the Sun for a region where other stars have comparable influence on the craft. By the time it gets that far away, how much will it have ...
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Could one fire a bullet with sufficient speed to leave the Earth?

Consider a gun or rifle fired directly upwards. My original question was what speed would be required to escape the Earth. The escape velocity from the surface of the Earth is the classic $$v_e = ...
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Floating a ping pong ball in the air just using a pen!

Caution: Apparently this problem is harder than it seems! There is a well known phenomena, which I first learnt about when I was a 10 years old kid. You can levitate a ping pong(or whatever ...
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Can superconducting magnets fly (or repel the earth's core)?

If a superconducting magnet and appropriate power supply had just enough $I\cdot s$ (current $\cdot$ length) so that when it was perpendicular to the earth's magnetic field, the force of the ...
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Ten-ping bowling: Can a ping pong ball knock over a bowling pin?

In this video we see a rather unorthodox bowling technique on display. The gentleman appears to knock over all of the pins using only a ping pong ball. It's a fake, of course: you could never knock ...
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Can I move an oil tanker?

Let's say that I'm standing at the edge of a basin made of concrete. This basin is filled with salt water and a ship floats on the water close to the edge of the basin. The ship is neither anchored ...
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How many X-rays does a light bulb emit?

I read somewhere that most things1 emits all kinds of radiation, just very few of some kinds. So that made me wondering whether there is a formula to calculate how many X-rays an 100W incandescent ...
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Reaction due to gravity

There is a reaction to the gravity of the earth on us but the earth does not move due to its huge mass. But what if I combine the weight of all humans and other things on Earth? Is it not enough to ...
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What was the amount of energy released in the 9/11 terrorist attacks?

I read somewhere on the internet that the amount of energy released by the terrorist attacks on the twin towers on 9/11 should have been of the order of 100 tons of TNT. This number surprised me, ...
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Is the sum of mass of all planets in our solar system is 40% the mass of the Sun? [closed]

According to Chandrasekhar Limit,the mass of an object can not exceed than 1.4 times the mass of the sun.But according to some other theories,the sun was very large at former times and earth and ...
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7 Billion people jumping at once

What would happen if every person in the world gathered at a minimum possible area and jumped all at once? Would that have any effect on Earth?
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How long does it take for expanding space to double in size?

I have been reading about Hubble's constant and trying to make 'sense' of the theory of the expanding Universe. Is is possible that space in the universe expands uniformly? If so, absent of other ...
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How can I calculate whether a shelf is strong enough to support a falling cat?

I'm building some shelves for my cat to climb on. The highest position the cat will be is 2 meters above the next shelf. The cat has a mass of 6.5kg. The shelf has a maximum load of 20kg. Using ...
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Is it possible to calculate the radius of star?

Suppose I know the Luminosity $L$, temperature $T$ and Mass $M$ of star. Assuming the star is very heavy so that we can treat it to be radiation-dominated star. This would imply that pressure inside ...
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Fermi's yield estimation of the Trinity Test [duplicate]

In Enrico Fermi's eyewitness account of the Trinity nuclear test in 1945, he gives a brief description of a method that he used to estimate the blast energy of the test: About 40 seconds after the ...
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How do these factors affect the free fall of objects?

Take an example of two balls of different masses being dropped from about 250 meters from the ground. How do the following factors affect free fall: Air resistance. Absence of air resistance. ...
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Would a piece of paper look as big as a small bedroom to an atom?, or bigger? [closed]

This evening my six year old asked me "Would a piece of paper look as big as this room to an atom?, or bigger?" ('this room' being a small sized bedroom) A friend suggested it would probably ...
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How many days it takes to travel to Cygnus? [duplicate]

BACKSTORY I read today newspaper and made discovery of planet Cygnus (in news paper of course :v) that human can live there! The distance is 1400 Lightyear. Assuming I travel with the world fastest ...
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How many atoms are there in our solar system?

Including all objects gravitationally bound to the Sun, how many atoms are there in our solar system?
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Can a building get taller at night?

UberFacts recently tweeted "Office buildings are taller at night—a 1,300-foot-tall skyscraper shrinks about 1.5 millimeters under the weight of 50,000 occupants." Is what they are saying valid? It ...
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Could a Jumbo Jet aircraft fly on paper wings?

My dad was an airline pilot and, during his training, his instructor told him that, in absolutely ideal conditions, (in practice obviously impossible) that the actual material composing the wing ...
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Effects of relativity on New Horizons spacecraft

How much would an atomic clock on board the new horizons spacecraft drift in comparison to an atomic clock on the surface of the earth near the equator after the spacecraft's 10 year journey to Pluto? ...
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What conditions would allow planetary-sized objects to collide and remain intact?

I am modeling some off-the-wall scenarios to try out with a game engine. One idea is trying to make a planet where some weird catastrophic incident has creates a funny shaped planet. I'm hoping to ...
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Temperature on the surface of the sun calculated with the Stefan-Boltzmann-rule

In a German Wikipedia page, the following calculation for the temperature on the surface of the Sun is made: $\sigma=5.67*10^{-8}\frac{W}{m^2K^4}$ (Stefan-Boltzmann constant) $S = 1367\frac{W}{m^2}$ ...
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Does body weight affect the speed when going downhill on a mountain bike?

We know heavier objects fall faster when dropped at certain height. I was wondering if I am going downhill on my mountain bike without any peddling, will I travel faster or slower because I am fat?