Weather

50 things you can do to help stop global warming (or 50 things you can do to guarantee seaside property after all the icebergs melt)

Global warming is a serious problem and if we wait for governments to propose a solution, it may be too late. In fact, it may already be too late to stop the unnatural warming of our planet.  Many think the solution to the global warming problem lies in someone else's hands but there are things each of us can do to minimize the problem. Below are 50 simple things that Global Warming Facts has suggested we implement in order to combat the global warming problem. Replace a regular incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb. CFLs use 60% less energy than a regular bulb. This simple switch will save about 300 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. Install a programmable thermostat Programmable thermostats…
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Space

Just how fast does a space probe travel? Experience the movement of a space probe without turning to mush!

  If you’ve ever ridden in a commercial airplane, such as a Boeing 747 jet, you were told the plane is travelling fast (about 550 MPH) but the scenery outside the plane seems to move sooooo slow. An SR-71 Blackbird plane, the airplane the United States government uses to spy on eh, overseas governments, travels significantly faster. At about 2,7000 MPH or Mach , clouds passing by a Blackbird appear to move noticeably faster than those outside a 747. Now step aboard a space probe and see how stunningly fast they move through the sky. Compare New Horizons space probe speed to Boeing 747 and SR-71 Blackbird A deep-space probe, such as the New Horizons probe which recently flew past Pluto, moves at an astonishing 36,000…
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Space

….and here’s the first high-res image of Pluto

  In the NASA press conference running right now, they released the first high-res image of Pluto.  So without further ado…   New Horizons is a space probe that was launched on January 19, 2006, as part of NASA's New Frontiers program.  The spacecraft was launched to study Pluto, its moons and the Kuiper Belt, performing flybys of the Pluto system and one or more Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs).
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Physics and math

Scientists capture first ever photo of light behaving as both a particle and a wave – and it’s a beauty

  Scientists have long believed that light can behave as both a particle and a wave but until today – it’s been a bit difficult to visualize and impossible to photograph. Now, researchers in Switzerland have taken the first ever picture of light as both a wave and a particle - and it's a beauty! To capture the historic photograph, researchers shot laser pulses at a tiny metallic nanowire and watched as the light moved in different directions along the metal wire (more accurately, they watched the emissions of electrons that occurs when light hits a metal surface). Then when the waves ran into each other, they snapped the historic photograph using a new ultrafast microscope. Quantum mechanics tells us that light can behave simultaneously…
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Space

What are the bright flashes coming from Ceres, the dwarf planet between Mars and Jupiter?

The dwarf planet, Ceres, continues to puzzle NASA scientists as its Dawn spacecraft approaches the planet to begin its orbit around the mysterious object. The latest images from Dawn were taken about 29,000 miles away from Ceres and have revealed two mysterious bright flashes of light on the planet’s surface. The two bright spots of light appear next to each other in the bottom of a huge crater or volcanic depression. Dawn will go into orbit around Ceres on March 6, 2015 after which NASA will receive higher resolution photographs from the spacecraft. NASA explained, "The brightest spot continues to be too small to resolve with our camera, but despite its size it is brighter than anything else on Ceres. This is truly unexpected and…
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Space

Comet Lovejoy photobombs Dark Energy Camera (world’s most powerful camera)

Scientists operating the world’s most power digital camera, the 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera, were “shocked” to find Comet Lovejoy ambling through its field of view this week. Luckily for us however, the photobomb has provided us with a stunning view of Comet Lovejoy. On December 27, 2014 the Dark Energy Survey was scanning the southern sky when Comet Lovejoy pass through the camera’s view. At the time the picture was taken, the comet was 51 million miles away from earth (the Dark Energy Camera is sensitive to light from as far as 8 billion light years away). Given that the comet is only about 3 miles wide, it’s stunning to think something that small could be photographed when it is that far away from us!…
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Medical

Optical illusion – the Blue and Black Dress (or the white and gold dress?)

You may find this surprising but to some crazy people, the dress above appears to be black and blue. To other, more rational, sane people, the dress appears to be white and gold. The intense debate over the color of the White and Gold Dress has taken the Internet by storm as families and friends argue over the true color of this unusual dress. Actually, the dress itself is not the trick – it’s the lighting. Reeko has talked about sight and color before, how the light reflects off the object you “see”, enters the eye through the lens, and hits the retina in the back of the eye causing signals to be sent to the visual cortex in the brain. Your mind then interprets the…
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Space

NASA plans to explorer the moons of Saturn with… a submarine?

Titan, one of Saturn’s 60 something moons, is covered with lakes and seas of liquid methane which means landing a spaceship on Titan would be quite difficult. But landing a spaceship *under* the methane seas of Titan… well, that’s an entirely new set of problems – and NASA intends to figure out how to do it. To explore Titan’s undersea world, NASA proposes development of a submersible autonomous vehicle – in other words, a remote-controlled submarine.  By 2040, they would like to send this submarine to Titan’s largest northern sea, Kraken Mare, which is comparable in size to the Great Lakes in the United States. The submarine will investigate Titan’s ocean to discover and determine its chemical composition, how its currents flow, and what the…
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Plants

The amazing Snapdragon Flower Seed Pod looks like a human skull

They’re beautiful when alive but once they shrivel up and die, things get a bit creepy.  Meet the Snapdragon flower seed pod which bears the stark appearance of a human skull (or a human face screaming in agony). The Snapdragon flower (aka Antirrhinum or dragon flower) can be found in many household gardens and gets its name from its flower which resembles a dragon’s head (squeeze the snapdragon flower and the “dragon” mouth will open and close making it “talk”). Yet once the flower has died it leaves behind a seed pod with the macabre appearance of a human head. The Snapdragons name (Antirrhinum) comes from the Greek words “anti,” meaning like, and “rhin,” meaning nose.  Many years ago, people thought the plant possessed mystical…
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Space

Scientists discover black hole that is 12 billion times larger than the Sun

Researchers in China have discovered a massive black hole that is 12 billion times the size of the sun. 12 billion times as big as our gigantic Sun! For reference, a billion is a thousand millions or 1 with nine zeroes after it. If you counted every second of your life, you’d only live a bit longer than 2 billion SECONDS. A billion pennies stacked on top of each other would reach 870 miles into the sky. The black hole they found is larger than any of its age ever found. A black hole is a dense region of space that has collapsed in on itself in a way that nothing can escape – not even light. This one was given the typical goofy astronomer…
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