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I am a graduate student studying astrophysics at Princeton. I received my bachelor's in physics and mathematics from Caltech (2011).


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comment How did they take photos of Jupiter?
At 500 nm, Hubble's ideal resolution would amount to less than 500 pixels across the width of Jupiter when it's closest to Earth. So yes, actually going to the planet is really the best way to photograph it.
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comment How “unnatural” is the universe?
I would argue this should not be closed as opinion-based. This is indeed a line of research that is being pursued. True, it has proven difficult to formulate quantitatively. True, most physicists who publish on this topic don't know enough measure theory (or choose to ignore it) to make meaningful statements. But there is still an objective answer of "people are thinking about this and the issue isn't settled." The shortcomings of physicists shouldn't bear on the objectivity of the inquiry.
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reviewed Leave Open How “unnatural” is the universe?
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comment How to detect if a beverage has Sucralose or aspartame?
Testing for the presence of chemicals seems to me firmly in the realm of Chemistry. Testing for complex organic chemicals might even be considered Biology. On the topic of artificial sweeteners not being what they claim: Why do yeast ferment Equal sweetener
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revised Why aren't powered units surrounded by parentheses?
latex; updated terminology from Latin to modern English ;)
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revised What could cause an asymmetric orbit in a symmetric potential?
fixed reference
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comment calculate force between two magnets
In particular, the policy states, "It's not enough to just show your work and ask where you went wrong. If you just need someone to check your work, you can always seek out a friend, classmate, or teacher." Even if you aren't in school and thus can't easily confer with someone in person, the fact remains we aren't a check-my-work site. As for downvotes, each user has their reasons, but for what it's worth this has far fewer downvotes than a typical "here's my homework, do it for me" question.
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reviewed Close calculate force between two magnets
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reviewed Close Classical mechanics; gravitation question
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reviewed Close All Andreev phenomena
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reviewed Leave Open Why do we consider the electric field of an infinite plane?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on What prevents stars in globular clusters from merging over time to form a black hole?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on How close can two extremal black holes with the same charge can get?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Could a ship equipped with Alcubierre drive theoretically escape from a black hole?
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on universe tag wiki excerpt
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comment How do black holes in merging galaxies find each other to merge?
A footnote with some other search terms: This is the final-parsec problem, and indeed many feel the solution is in dynamical friction. Though papers are still published on the topic, so some would say the details aren't 100% worked out.
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comment Is there a substance that doesn't reflect OR absorb light from the visible light spectrum?
I challenge you to see a flat piece of glass with an anti-reflective coating ;)
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comment Evidence of why the Standard Model is a successful theory of particle physics
$a \neq \alpha$
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reviewed Leave Open Evolution and the arrow of time
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reviewed Close Help with a ring launcher