Draining Earth’s oceans – amazing animation by the JAXA scientist

The Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) and former NASA Goddard Planetary scientist Dr. James O’Donoghue (@physicsJ) created another amazing video. He showed that what if we slowly drain the Earth’s oceans and see the two-thirds of Earth’s surface (that is currently under the oceans) we don’t get to see. In other words, how our planet would look without water (spoiler: it definitely wouldn’t look like this).

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A spectacular crescent Earth rising over the Moon (Apollo 14 image)

NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) for February 1, 2020: a crescent Earth rising over the Moon, seen from Apollo 14 on February 6, 1971. This photo is not as famous as the Apollo 8 Earthrise, or the Blue Marble, but it has such an eerie beauty.

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Fastest human-made object: Parker Solar Probe

On January 29, 2020, during its fourth close approach of the Sun, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe reached a top speed of 244,225 mph (393,042 km/h) or 62.28 miles per second (mi/s) (109.18 kilometers per second) and once again became the fastest human-made object ever built.

Despite it seems blazingly fast (and actually it is), it is only about 0.0334% of the speed of light.

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8 Revolutionary Future Car Technologies

Many opinions are circulating about electric vehicles and emerging technology. Some people are on board (Tesla fans) and others are on the fence for now. Car manufacturers and technology companies are coming out of the woodwork, showcasing the latest advancements in car technology. Here are the 8 revolutionary future car technologies.

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Astronaut describes a shift in his worldview during his time in space

In the video below, published by NASA Johnson channel and titled “Down to Earth – Black Velvet of Space”, former NASA astronaut William “Bill” McArthur describes how his worldview has been shifted during his time in space.

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Plant-Based Plastics – Key to Saving Our Planet

I’m sure you are familiar with how plastic overuse negatively impacts our oceans and wildlife; therefore, the management of plastic waste should be inquired upon and dealt with in the right way. Recent studies have shown that about 20% of all our plastic waste comes from marine sources, with 8 million tonnes (around 3% of the global annual plastic waste) entering the ocean. These statistics do not only worry individuals but determine institutions to either use less plastic or switch to alternatives, more environmentally friendly resources.

Bioplastics are now a resource that can act like plastic but not affect our environment in the most damaging ways; it is created out of plants and is expected to reach a value of $14.92 billion by 2023, according to the ASEAN Post. We should consider this alternative viable and become more open to using such options instead of the ones we already know. We should change our perspectives and view of the world and start making a real change.

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When will there be a coronavirus vaccine? 5 questions answered

Aubree Gordon, University of Michigan and Florian Krammer, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Editor’s note: The coronavirus that started in Wuhan has sickened more than 4,000 people and killed at least 100 in China as of Jan. 27, 2020. Thailand and Hong Kong each have reported eight confirmed cases, and five people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with the illness. People are hoping for a vaccine to slow the spread of the disease.

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The Mechanics of the Greenhouse Gas Effect

Did you know that there used to be palm trees in the Arctic? It was 56 million years ago, but it was caused by greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere at an alarming rate. It’s hard to imagine palm trees swaying where we think of polar bears and glaciers, but due to the greenhouse gas effect, that was reality.

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Astrophotographer created a spectacular image of the Moon combining 100,000 photos

Astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy created a spectacular image of the Moon’s surface in great detail by combining 100,000 long-exposure photos.

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