Why don’t clouds fall down?

Clouds are collections of water droplets or, at higher altitudes, water ice crystals. So, honestly, why would they stay up there? It is not like snow flakes, for example, hang around or anything. The title question is legitimate. We cannot invoke old Archimedes and claim that the clouds float like a hydrogen balloon would. Hydrogen…

The least spectacular beach in Andøy

I will confess something. After having lived close to 15 years in Northern Norway, scenes like the one above appear in front of my eyes so often that I do not look twice – normally. Unless, of course, something hits me straight in the face in all its glorious obviousity [1]. There’s a little creek…

The Physics of Bleik

The picture above is of Bleik beach in Andøy in Northern Norway. I will readily admit that I want to bait you to click on the link with that picture. And why not? That place is stunningly beautiful. You can see that even on a cell phone image. Being a physicist, I stood on that…