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Sara Slater

Sara is a former Cornell undergraduate and now a physics graduate student at Harvard University, where she works on cosmology and particle physics.

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What is the photoelectric effect? Why can't multiple low-frequency photons free an electron? (Intermediate) Jun 05 56745
What is the SU(3) quark model? (Intermediate) Jan 05 53376
What happens to spacetime inside a black hole? (Intermediate) Jan 05 133431
How does melting a material reset its radioactive clock? (Intermediate) Sep 04 53592
Where did the matter in the universe come from? (Intermediate) Jul 04 212357
How do we know the Milky Way is a spiral galaxy? (Intermediate) Jun 04 145761
What causes gamma ray bursts? (Intermediate) Jan 04 69541
Can superheavy elements (such as Z=116 or 118) be formed in a supernova? Can we observe them? (Advanced) Jan 04 71609
What do a galaxy's colors mean? Are they its true colors? (Intermediate) Aug 03 189847
How does a star take mass from another star? (Intermediate) Aug 03 55462
What is our galaxy's halo made of, and how was it formed? (Intermediate) Aug 03 74509
Did I see the Aurora Borealis as a child? (Beginner) Jul 03 72757
Does the Coriolis force determine which way my toilet drains? Does it affect black holes? (Beginner) Apr 03 70714
What would happen to us if the sun went out for an hour? (Beginner) Apr 03 129839
What is "nothing", from a scientific point of view? (Beginner) Apr 03 56977
Do similar laws of physics throughout the Universe imply that all life must be like life on Earth? (Beginner) Apr 03 61264
Can I see a quasar? (Intermediate) Mar 03 65989
Why do planets have elliptical orbits? (Beginner) Feb 03 341545

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