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Megan Ray Nichols is a science writer by day & an amateur astronomer by night (at least when the weather cooperates). Megan is the editor of Schooled By Science, a blog dedicated to making science understandable to those without a science degree. She also regularly contributes to Smart Data Collective, Real Clear Science, and Industry Today. Subscribe to Schooled By Science for the latest news.


The Science Behind Roller Coasters

They're one of the most popular theme park attractions. Their gravity-defying loops and twists keep visitors coming back again and again.


Why Are Smart Sensors Important to Manufacturing?

You may have a general understanding of sensors, including what they do and why they're important, but smart sensors introduce a new and exciting wrinkle. The manufacturing industry, thanks to Industry 4.0, stands on the brink of one of the most impressive leaps forward since the introduction of steam power -- and sensors are in many ways the heart of it all.


Understanding the Science Behind Airplanes

The number of passengers flying out of UK airports has increased by 27% over the last nine years, and will continue to grow in the coming years. How do the pilots get thousands of tonnes of steel, passenger and luggage off the ground and 30,000 feet in the air? Let's take a look at the science behind aeroplanes and how flight works against the forces of gravity.


What Does It Take to Launch a Rocket Into Space?

We've been staring at the stars for as long as there have been human beings on this planet, but it wasn't until the 1960s when we finally managed to get there. What does it take to bring thousands of pounds of a rocket, plus its payload, into orbit? Let's take a closer look at how rockets work and what it takes to launch one successfully.


How Satellites Communicate With Earth and Each Other

As of the beginning of 2019, nearly 5,000 satellites are orbiting our planet out of 8,300 objects launched into space since 1957. It takes careful planning and communication between these devices to keep them from crashing into one another, or back to the ground. How do satellites communicate with one another and how do they talk to home base here on Earth?


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