Trisha Muro

All Stories by Trisha Muro

  1. Space

    Explainer: All about orbits

    A handful of rules can describe the route some object repeatedly takes around another in space. Calculating that path, however, can be quite complex.

  2. Physics

    Explainer: The fundamental forces

    Four fundamental forces control all interactions between matter, from the smallest subatomic particles to the largest structures in the universe.

  3. Physics

    Explainer: How do mass and weight differ?

    Learn why these terms aren’t the same and which to use where. And should you report your results in kilograms? Pounds? If in doubt, try using newtons.

  4. Physics

    Explainer: Gravity and microgravity

    The force of gravity holds us on the ground, keeps planets in orbit and extends throughout space. A very weak gravitational pull is called microgravity.

  5. Space

    Explainer: Telescopes see light — and sometimes ancient history

    Different kinds of telescopes on Earth and in space help us to see all wavelengths of light. Some can even peer billions of years back in time.

  6. Physics

    Explainer: Understanding electricity

    Here’s what allows you to plug in and power up the devices in your life.