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Dec
13
comment Is a block of cotton heavier than a block of iron?
@Hypnosifl: Answer edited to address your comment. Thank you.
Dec
2
comment Cooling a satellite
@HotLicks: EVA suits sublimate ice into vapor as a cooling method. I do believe that the vapor is recovered, though I'm not sure. A recent mishap with that system had water collecting inside a space suit, sending the astronaut rushing back to the ISS airlock.
Dec
1
comment Must Matter Particles Have A Hard Edge?
Thank you for this wonderful question, by the way. The answers generated are terrific and really cover the topic from all angles. Welcome to Physics.SE!
Dec
1
comment Must Matter Particles Have A Hard Edge?
It actually is smeared out, until it must interact (i.e. transmit a force)!
Nov
28
comment Why does rotation simulate gravity if motion is relative?
Arguably, this question and Draksis' link provide the background needed to understand exactly why we are still looking for a way to reconcile gravity with GR.
Nov
24
comment Why aren't there spherical galaxies?
@Ruslan: The OOrt cloud is such an example.
Nov
20
comment If your hair was on fire and you entered a vacuum, could you outlast the fire?
+1 for the information regarding the biological damage, which is missing in many of the other excellent answers.
Nov
2
comment What are Stephen Hawking's main contributions to research-level physics?
You mention that you do not have the time to read 190 research papers. There is your answer. Hawking wrote or contributed to 190 research papers. That is quite the accomplishment.
Oct
14
comment How did Kelvin make this fascinating calculation?
This is such a beautiful answer, I wish that we could star answers as opposed to questions.
Oct
1
comment How empty of fuel are spacecraft booster rockets typically?
@David: Replace "half kilo" with "small but not infinitesimal" and "ipod" with "dirt, pollen, personal items, lice, urine still in the bladder, bird poop on the craft exterior, and other things that are not easily accounted for mass directly".
Sep
10
comment Should I abandon my thought experiment about time?
Note that watching a natural clock (the orbits of the moons of Jupiter) approach and recede (as the Earth and Jupiter got closer and further away) was one of the hints that led to the developments that led to the understanding of the speed of light, and also of the dimensions of the solar system.
Jul
25
comment Calculate loudness of sound: why am I getting contradictory answers?
I see now where my confusion was. Thank you for showing the maths explained, and especially for the comment which explains why the perceived value to my ears is so much lower that what the maths make us expect.
Jul
25
comment Calculate loudness of sound: why am I getting contradictory answers?
Thank you. You certain understand how to phrase the ideas into terms that are easier to digest, and to address the points of confusion.
Jul
25
comment Calculate loudness of sound: why am I getting contradictory answers?
That wikibook is terrific, thank you!
Jul
25
comment Calculate loudness of sound: why am I getting contradictory answers?
@BMS: Yes, it looks like you are correct. Thank you.
Jul
25
comment Calculate loudness of sound: why am I getting contradictory answers?
Thank you Edward. Considering then the facts as you've stated them, a 1 ton bomb dropped 45 KM away is as loud as an NHRA Dragster right next to someone? That just does not seem realistic!
Jul
25
comment Calculate loudness of sound: why am I getting contradictory answers?
Thank you. The online information that I've been able to locate has been loose in their interpretations and strict in their expectations of the level of knowledge of the reader. Thank you for stating it so clearly!
Jul
25
comment Classic home experiments for an 8-year-old child
@Seanosapien: Then post them.
Jul
24
comment Is it possible for a physical object to have a irrational length?
+1 I especially love the physics questions which border on the philosophical. Philo: love, sophia: wisdom. That describes every physicist that I've ever known.
Jul
24
comment Is it possible for a physical object to have a irrational length?
@JerrySchirmer: Your last sentence sums up my experience with the fairer sex as well.