Amit Bilgi

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Explain it like I’m Five: What is the Higgs Boson?

TweetELI5: The Higgs Boson If you’ve been watching TV lately, you’ve probably seen a lot of news about a particle called the Higgs boson and how important it is for physics. First, a little bit of background info: Physicists believe that the entire universe is made of up of only a handful of different particles. So …

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Explain it like I’m Five: How do scientists theorize what is at the center of the Earth?

TweetLet’s look at a simpler question. If you don’t know what your friend’s bed is made of, what do you do? Easy–jump on it! If it doesn’t shake very much, it’s just a normal bed. If it shakes a lot, you know the bed is filled with water.   These are examples of waves. With …

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Explain it like I’m Five: How do astronomers measure things so far away?

TweetDiscovery of Close Stars When you shift your body side to side, the things closest to you look like they are moving the most. The things further away don’t look like they are moving much. To figure out how far away stars are, we do something similar, but instead of moving our body we have …

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