Once (almost) every four years, we have a “leap year” which has 366 days instead of 365. Why it is like that? Why we have leap years? JAXA (Former NASA Goddard) Planetary scientist Dr. James O’Donoghue (@physicsJ) explains why we have leap years in his latest video.Continue reading “This is why we have Leap Years”
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).Continue reading “Draining Earth’s oceans – amazing animation by the JAXA scientist”
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.Continue reading “A spectacular crescent Earth rising over the Moon (Apollo 14 image)”
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.Continue reading “Fastest human-made object: Parker Solar Probe”
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.Continue reading “8 Revolutionary Future Car Technologies”
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.Continue reading “Astronaut describes a shift in his worldview during his time in space”
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.Continue reading “Plant-Based Plastics – Key to Saving Our Planet”
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.Continue reading “When will there be a coronavirus vaccine? 5 questions answered”
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.Continue reading “The Mechanics of the Greenhouse Gas Effect”
Astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy created a spectacular image of the Moon’s surface in great detail by combining 100,000 long-exposure photos.Continue reading “Astrophotographer created a spectacular image of the Moon combining 100,000 photos”