Important Notice for Team leaders
Dear team leaders, dear invigilators, The IPhO 2021 is just around the corner and we plan to release the 3rd Circular very soon. Before we do that, we are asking you to provide us with some essential information. First of all, one of our goals during the IPhO 2021 is to have a seamless experience for all to join together over a single video communication platform over any occasion - exams, freetime activities, or International Board Meetings. We ask you to provide information about the availability of communication platforms in your country by answering a short questionnaire before June 18, 2021 that was delivered to your inbox. If you have not received the questionnaire please get in touch with us. Secondly, we are sending the packages with the experiment sets and IPhO goodies to your
Imagine a good old pirate with an eyepatch and a parrot on his shoulder, holding onto the side of the ship with a hook where his hand should be and propping himself on a wooden leg. Although a hook and a wooden stake can hardly replace a hand and a leg, a few centuries ago it was one of the better solutions for a person who had lost one limb or another. Wealthier people could afford prostheses that looked like real body parts, e.g. glass eyes, elaborately carved out arms and legs or ones made of metal. The oldest prostheses are found even in prehistoric tombs. For a long time, they were like parts of sculptures moulded and attached to a person so that they could prop themselves or maintain their body proportions.
The most important question in Physics is “Why“?
“Physics is my life. I always tell my students that it is not just a science, it is a way of life. Physicists see the world differently, they are exceptional. I have this tradition - every year I ask students to express their thoughts on Physics. So many interesting answers come! I keep them and read it again from time to time. For example, one writes that “Physics is a science that opens the door to life.“ After all, from the atom to the farthest galaxies - everything is physics. This science is like a key to everything“, - says Rosa Miliajeva, a Physics teacher at Mykolas Biržiška Gymnasium. Follow the story with translation programs.
Exoplanets. We are not alone in the Universe
According to Einstein, human imagination is limitless. However, we are faced with serious difficulties when it comes to the question of aliens from outer space. Hollywood films got us accustomed to their elongated faces, gangly limbs and poor character, which is brought to us in oblate flying saucers from another galaxy. Stanislaw Lem‘s science fiction novel Solaris is exceptional in this regard. The unearthly life-form described in the novel is not some detached being or organism, but the whole planet itself together with a boundless and conscious ocean surrounding it. It is still difficult to say whether such a life could exist.
Solar energy is the future
Just one hour of work to meet the electricity needs of all human world all year round? Sounds fantastic, but so tremendous is the power of the Sun. If we could use all that energy that the Earth receives from the Sun to generate electricity...But so far, solar power stations provide less than 3 % of worlds electricity needs. Please use translation programs to read the full story.
Dr. Gabija Žemaitytė: “Even if you doubt yourself, you have to try“
“CERN has opened my eyes to how much more can be done and achieved through collaboration. I was also very much impressed by Oxford university professors during my first conversation with them. They seemed to have the courage to move the mountains and were determined to fill their students with that goodness. I craved to study there. PhD studies were not easy, I had many ruptures, but some of them brought good things“, - Lithuanian scientist G.Žemaitytė on her experience at the Oxford university and CERN. Read her full story with translation programs.