As in previous years, students attending the 51st International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) participated in cultural events from the host country. This year’s participants learned traditional Lithuanian dancing, watched a historical drama about Lithuania’s fight for freedom from the Soviet Union, and were taught how to make “pink soup,” a dish made of beets and kefir. Unlike other years, however, students did all those activities online. After the 2020 IPhO was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers adapted this year’s event to a virtual setting. The competition was hosted remotely from Vilnius, Lithuania, from 17–24 July. The 366 student participants hailed from 76 countries. Kyungmin Kim of South Korea had the best overall score on the physics tests. He also had the best exp
South Korean student Kim Kyungmin performed best in the Physics Olympiad, scoring top points in all tasks. Students from Russia, China, Singapore, USA, France, Romania, Hungary also won gold medals. Lithuanian students Emilis Strazdas (teacher Stasė Traigienė) and tenth grader Tomas Babelis (teachers Remigijus Jakutis, Stasė Traigienė) from Vilnius Jesuit Gymnasium, Monika Šadauskaitė from KTU Gymnasium (teacher Alvydas Jotautis), Justas Kaminskas from Gabijos gymnasium in Mažeikiai (teacher Genovaitė Meinorienė) won bronze medals. Read the full story with translation programs.
A discussion between physics teacher Rigonda Skorulskienė and physicist Ignas Gaižiūnas goes on the future of natural sciences in Lithuania and education needs in this area. Is scientist career attractive for students? What are other options after studies? Why are women less noticeable in the laboratory than men? Discussion is available in Lithuanian.
The International Physics Olympiad (IphO2021) starts in Vilnius and will continue throughout the week. Nearly 400 students from 76 countries participate at the event for which preparations lasted around four years. During the Olympiad, young physicists from all over the world will solve theoretical and experimental tasks created by Lithuanian scientists. This event is an important one for Lithuania, where education system experiences a declining number of young people studying natural sciences. To read the full story you would need a translation program.
“It is important that romantic part of Physics should be present as well if you want to be interesting for students. Physics got me thanks to Astronomy and Mathematics. That was the starting point that led me to my current place. I guess we all agree that astronomy (Math, by the way, too!) stimulates the imagination. In these times of technology which is so relevant to young people, there is much less of imagination. Everything is “digested“ for you. In science, I think, both sides are important: the romantic and the technological one,“- says Audrius Alkauskas, a Professor at Kaunas University of Technology. Use translation programs to read the full story.
July 18th. Lecture of Nobel Prize winner prof. Didier Queloz Mr. Queloz was born in Switzerland and studied at the University of Geneva. His supervisor was Michel Mayor, and their work led to the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star for which they were awarded the Nobel Prize in 2019. Queloz is a professor at the University of Geneva since 2008, and at the University of Cambridge since 2012. The lecture will be followed by discussion. All student teams will get an email with a link to Zoom platform for the event.
“Sometimes we say that a person who has completed Physics studies is a universal warrior. He can use his knowledge anywhere - not just to pursue a career as a researcher. Such person analyzes information better, understands the problems and finds solutions, formulates the right questions and finds answers to them. It seems that you should only get knowledge of physics, mathematics when you study Physics. But one thing is to learn equations and laws, another is to deeply understand them, use them wisely in various situations. It is valuable in every area of life”, - says Lithuanian physicist Jevgenijus Chmeliovas. Read the full story with translation programs.
Only a week left till probably the most important event of the year for all of you. The 51st International Physics Olympiad is starting on July 17, 2021! Lithuanian Physicists send greetings from Vilnius to every one of you. The whole IPhO 2021 team of almost 180 people is intensively preparing for the upcoming event and hopes to create a celebration filled with fun, good sportsmanship and creative knowledge.
“I think these trips soon will be something like an expedition to Antarctica. There will be regular research stations where the crews will change every year or two. It takes 6 months to reach Mars, so it is impossible to return to Earth in a few days. In addition, the return needs comfortable conditions and you may have to wait for it, for example, even a year or so. As a result, missions to Mars will last long enough, but they will still be temporary. I think similar regular expeditions to the Moon will take place over time“, - says Dr. Kastytis Zubovas, a Lithuanian Astrophysics scientist. Please read the story with translation programs.
“Sometimes it seems to me that artificial intelligence is a doomed concept because it changes fast over the years. 15 years ago, GPS would be considered artificial intelligence, now it is such a common thing for everyone. The concept of artificial intelligence includes a lot of details of the state of the art which very quickly come out of that concept, as soon as it becomes a common thing for the majority“, - says Gediminas Pekšys, one of the founders and CEO of Oxipit. This startup helps radiologists be more productive through deep learning. After graduating in mathematics from Cambridge University, G. Pekšys returned to Lithuania and spent the last few years working in the field of data science and software engineering. Read his story with translation programs.
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.
“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.
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.
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.