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When a candle burns, why does the top of wick glow if bottom of flame is hottest?

Totally an elementary question. Staring at a candle, it appears that the bottom of the wick is dark whereas the top glows. However the bottom of the flame (the blue) is the hottest. Is the reason ...
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How do we determine the proportions of hydrogen to helium (to other elements) that make up the Sun given the absorption spectra?

I am reading about the composition of the Sun and how it is made up of mostly hydrogen (~90%) and helium (>10%) and other elements with much smaller quantities. The explains that different elements ...
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Photochromism time of colour change

I know there are chemical pigments/dyes which produce an immediate reversible colour change in UV or direct sunlight. Is there a way to postpone the colour change so that it does not happen ...
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How to assess sunscreen effective via blueprinting?

How do I assess the effectiveness of sunscreen creams by using the blueprinting process? I know blueprinting is done when something is sensitive to light and this may cause reactions to produce a ...
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Directional emission from molecules

This might be a silly question (probably is). When a molecule absorbs it has a transition dipole moment, a measure of how strongly a certain transition will interact with light will depend on how ...
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Process of transferring kinetic energy in regard to photons. [closed]

Now I know that temperature is the average kinetic energy of atoms, molecules and compounds. Photons increase the kinetic energy/temperature of molecules since photons are pure energy. Hence, wouldn't ...
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How much heat is created by absorbent-type sunscreens?

I have a friend who claims her dermatologist told her than sunscreen was what was burning her skin. (I think it's much more likely that her rash/burn was either a sunburn, a skin reaction to some ...
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Is it possible to have a fully opaque 'switch glass'?

Current switch glass (smart glass) technology permits for a transparent glass to become semi-transparent, i.e., translucent. For my application, I was wondering if it was possible to make a 'smart ...
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Why objects usually don't exibit fluorescence/phosphorescence?

We learn in school that the color we perceive is determined by the light that is reflected back at us. Not all wavelengths of light reflect back at our eyes, some wavelengths are absorbed. I'm ...
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Will borosilicate glass absorb 808nm laser light?

Will borosilicate glass absorb 808nm laser light? If it instead refracts, then what is the refractive index? Also, will borosilicate reflect lower frequencies of light like those used in non contact ...