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Can mass be directly measured without measuring its weight?

From Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass Inertial mass measures an object's resistance to being accelerated by a force (represented by the relationship F=ma). Active gravitational ...
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What are good examples to demonstrate Einstein's mass-energy relation [duplicate]

According to Einstein's mass-energy relation mass and energy are interchangeable. Can you provide some examples where: Mass gets converted into energy. Energy gets converted into mass.
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Will heating up an object increase its mass? [duplicate]

According to the $E=mc^2$ equation, will an object whose thermal energy (temperature) rises also weigh more? And by the same token, will the mass of an object decrease as its temperature approaches ...
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Mass or no mass?

Do all forms of energy have a mass? We know by $E=mc^2$ that mass and energy are directly proportional, but there are massless forms of energy such as electro-magnetic waves. I am also told that there ...
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Electromagnetic Momentum

My book says : The fact that electromagnetic radiation of energy carried momentum was known from classical theory and from the experiments of Nichols and Hull in 1903. This relation is also consistent ...
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Mass without Matter?

My cursory studies of general relativity had introduced me to the concept of how gravity is associated with the warping of spacetime and that the presence of matter in space warps space and this ...
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Travel at the speed of light

Is it me who have a poor understanding, or does all matter have to become 'pure energy' in order to achieve speed-of-light speed? If so, does that mean that no material can achieve the speed of light ...
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Do Photons Accelerate Upon Creation? [duplicate]

Of course the speed of light is constant relative to everything. Its frequency can change, but its speed is constant. Photons may be absorbed by atoms or release by atoms as energy, but as soon as it ...
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Would a star be observed to burn brighter traveling at relativistic speeds?

Would a star, similar to our own, be observed to "burn" differently at relativistic speeds? I am only thinking this because the observed relativistic mass would change.
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Does the neutron star collapse from the surface to the center or from the center to the surface?

I think the collapse begins at the surface because in this place the gravity is always more intense than in the center. That's right?
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if mass is just entrapped energy, what entraps the energy and how they have so different properties?

According to the special theory of relativity, mass is nothing but entrapped energy. If that is true what traps the energy and how they have very different properties?
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In special relativity what is the energy of a macroscopic body?

Is the energy of a macroscopic body in special relativity still given by: $E=\gamma m c^2$? If so why do we not need to consider the motion of the individual particles that make it up? Is this because ...