Astronomers have discovered a Moon-sized white dwarf more massive than the Sun

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Chenoa van den Boogaard, Physics & Astronomy editor   Astronomers have discovered the smallest white dwarf yet, and it is helping them to understand the lifecycle of these celestial objects. White dwarfs are what remain when low-mass stars reach the end of their life. After around 10 billion years of turning hydrogen into helium through […]

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Feeling zine: Developing science communication skills through reflection

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Raymond K. Nakamura, Multimedia editor   “I was so proud of my public lecture. All my scientist friends say I did an excellent job. But I saw the glaze in my parents’ eyes; I missed the mark.” — Lia Formenti, from her reflection on science communication in the McGill Space Institute’s zine.   Reflection involves […]

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The themes of nature: Exploring repeating patterns in the natural world

Chenoa van den Boogaard, Physics & Astronomy editor The world is a bustling place, naturally chaotic and unpredictable, yet a balance is found in the regularity of nature’s cycles and patterns. The rise and fall of the sun and moon, the passing of the seasons, and the arrival of each hour in the day keep […]

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The Muon g-2 experiment results might change the course of physics!

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Yahya Ashraf, guest contributor As a philosopher of science, Karl Popper emphasized that a good theory is characterized by the fact that it makes a number of predictions that could be disproved or falsified by observation. Each time new experimental results agree with the predictions, the theory survives, and our confidence in it increases. But […]

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Who owns the heavens? Improved satellite communications come at a price

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Chenoa van den Boogaard, Physics & Astronomy editor When our ancestors looked up at the night sky, they used the patterns of twinkling light they saw as inspiration for stories that connected their communities. The newest constellation in our sky, created by Elon Musk’s company SpaceX, promises a similar story of connectivity. However, it may […]

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