True Strange Library

The curious collection of a slightly mad scientist

Why not have real wind up cars?

Think about the implications of spring stored energy scaled up to real cars. Is it possible? An aspiring aerospace engineer blogging at Astrochara, shared with Truestrange a video of a mousetrap … Continue reading

January 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

ultra-rare “impossible” quasicrystal found in Russian meteorite

A quasicrystal’s atomic structure combines the symmetrical properties of a crystal and the chaos of an amorphous solid. Originating in outer space, these crystals aren’t just incredible because of how … Continue reading

December 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

Astronomers find matter that spontaneously pops in and out of existence

For the first time, astronomers have observed a strange quantum phenomenon in action, where a neutron star is surrounded by a magnetic field so intense, it’s given rise to a … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · 1 Comment

Large Hadron Collider discovers new sub-atomic particle, the pentaquark.

Psst. Wanna buy a pentaquark? Just ten years ago, they were called an experimental phantom. From 2005: “Physicists have come home empty-handed from a thorough hunting expedition for pentaquarks. The … Continue reading

July 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Underwater Bullets in Super Slow Motion

The expansion and collapse several times of the shock wave is similar to what would be predicted if an atomic bomb was detonated far enough under the ocean.

March 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

A map of human problems

I want something I can’t find on the net: a visual interactive map of human problems and where we are along the various paths to solutions. I want everyone to … Continue reading

June 21, 2014 · 5 Comments

Physics lecture: Universe could wink out of existence

During a 7 mile hike around Mt. Diablo today, I was asked why, if atoms are 99.9% empty space, things seem solid. The best answer I could give is that … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · 1 Comment