10 Largest Crocodiles Ever Recorded

Crocodiles are some of the largest and most fearsome predators on the planet, capable of taking down prey many times their size. These prehistoric-looking creatures have fascinated people for centuries, with many individuals wondering just how big they can get. Here are the ten largest crocodiles ever recorded, including their impressive sizes and the stories …

The Largest Comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein was Discovered on October 20, 2014

On October 20, 2014, astronomers Pedro Bernardinelli and Gary Bernstein discovered the largest comet ever known using archival images from the Dark Energy Survey [see notes 1]. Comet Bernardinelli-Bernstein’s estimated diameter is approximately 85 miles (136.7 km) across, making it larger than the state of Rhode Island. According to NASA, its nucleus is about 50 …

Apollo Guidance Computer [1965 TV Program]

This 1965 MIT Science Reporter television program serves as a remarkable time capsule, capturing a pivotal moment in the history of space exploration and computer technology. Presented by MIT in association with WGBH-TV Boston and produced for NASA, the program provides an in-depth look at the Apollo guidance computer and navigation equipment, a technological marvel …

6 Reasons Why Life is Based on Carbon Instead of Silicon

Every living thing on Earth, from giant trees and whales to tiny bacteria, has one surprising thing in common: they all rely on carbon. It’s a bit of a mystery when you think about it. Carbon isn’t the most common element around; that title goes to oxygen. It’s not the most stable, like helium, and …

Why are whales unlikely to get cancer? [Peto’s Paradox explained]

Peto’s Paradox is a captivating conundrum in the realm of evolutionary biology and cancer research, prompting scientists to ponder a perplexing question: Why don’t large-bodied or long-lived animals, like whales and elephants, with their multitude of cells and extended lifetimes, exhibit a proportionally higher incidence of cancer compared to smaller species? Named after the epidemiologist …

5 Reasons Why We Should Search for Exomoons

In his video titled “Why Exomoons Are So Important,” astrophysicist David Kipping passionately elucidates five compelling reasons behind the significance of exploring exomoons. With a career-long dedication to the subject, Kipping artfully dissects the role of exomoons in shaping our understanding of the cosmos. Delving into themes like habitability, the Rare Earth hypothesis, moon formation, …

Conspiracy Theories in the Digital Age

“Easy to make everything a conspiracy theory when you don’t know how anything works.” [Brandon Bradford] In today’s digital age, information is abundant, yet so is misinformation. One of the emerging challenges for the modern era is the widespread belief in conspiracy theories. The quote above provides a succinct analysis of why they emerge: a …

Biggest crocodile ever recorded: Story of Lolong

The biggest crocodile ever held in captivity, also the largest crocodile ever properly measured, Lolong, a saltwater crocodile, stretched an astonishing 6.17 meters (20 feet 3 inches) and weighed a colossal 1,075 kg (2,370 lb). In 2011, his immense size caught the attention of Australian crocodile specialist, Adam Britton from National Geographic. Upon careful measurement, …

There’s an emotional support alligator and it helps a man with deep depression!

When one imagines an emotional support animal, images of furry dogs or purring cats might be the first to come to mind. But for Joseph Henney of Dover, Pennsylvania, it’s a 5.5 feet long (1.7 meters) alligator named Wally who helps him navigate the waves of life’s emotional tides. The huge reptile is actually the …