Recently, I had to do a presentation in my tutorial. This was in preparation for my final year where I will have to do a 45 minute talk followed by a Q&A. Luckily, this is two years away, and my tutorial presentation only had to be 10 minutes long and could be on anything within the field of Physics.
I did my presentation on GRBs (gamma-ray bursts). They are the most energetic and powerful events in the universe. Here are two videos that inspired me to make my presentation on this subject:
I found the fact that that GRB release more energy in one second that the sun releases in its 10 billion lifetime really interesting. It was for this reason in my presentation I suggested a new name for GRBs: Naturally Occurring Death Stars. However, I also discussed how this name would actually undermine the power of a GRB since based on calculations done by “some people on the internet” I showed that a GRB is actually one trillion times more powerful than the death star: a Naturally Occurring Tera-Death Star.
I was quite happy with the mark I received for my presentation, and pleased that in my feedback my tutor enjoyed the comparison to the Death Star.
“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”