Monthly Archives: June 2014
When we think “philosopher,” a certain image comes to mind—most often a wise, calm person, who is knowledgeable and mature. You wouldn’t necessarily imagine someone being cheeky with the people about to kill them or urinating on random bystanders. Nevertheless, those were some of philosophy’s greatest minds, and some did even crazier things.
Pluto has long been regarded as something of an anomaly in our solar system. Compared to neighbouring worlds, the dwarf planet has an extremely tilted orbit which sometimes brings it closer to the sun than Neptune. Now, astronomers in Spain believe it has yet another unusual feature – the world may be harbouring two supersized planet just out of reach of our telescopes.
In the centuries since the ancient Greeks first pondered them, paradoxes have flourished throughout society, delighting and infuriating millions of people. Some are just problems that have counterintuitive answers, while others are unsolvable problems. Here are 10 to melt your mind.
There are certain large objects in the universe such as stars and galaxies that produce black holes after intense gravitational collapse. Not even light entering such a region of space can escape due to the extremely strong gravitational field. These are black voids that are present in the space. According to Albert Einstein, massive stars that are more than twice the mass of the sun, shrink continuously by emitting heat.
Ever since its creation in 1958, the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) has achieved many milestones in advanced space research. But NASA’s activities are not just restricted to space research and exploration, it has contributed immensely to the invention of some break-through products that has become staple to our everyday life.
Twelve astronauts landed on the Moon between 1969 and 1972 on Apollo missions 11 through 17. They brought with them plenty of equipment essential for their survival, but they also took some rather less-expected items.
Nature has a way of making us realize how incredibly small we are in the grand scheme of things. The closer we look, the more we realize that some of the scientific principles we take for granted can act in amazingly bizarre ways. It’s even better when we can capture these instances in photos and videos. Here is a list of 5 astounding natural phenomena caught on film.
Disk galaxies or spiral galaxies are a type of galaxies which were first discovered by the American astronomer Edwin Hubble. Spiral galaxies are flat and disk-shaped. They contain stars, dust, asteroids and gas and serve as a residence to a group of stars located in the center of the galaxy. This center is known as the bulge.
Rocky planets ahoy, Kapteyn! Two exoplanets have been discovered orbiting a red dwarf called Kapteyn’s star, and one of those worlds may be ripe for life. Extrapolating from the age of the star, these planets are about 11.5 billion years old – only 2 billion years younger than the universe itself.
The Earth is in a perpetual state of change. Whether by human action or solar disturbances, it’s guaranteed that earth’s future will be more than interesting – but not exactly free of chaos. The following list presents 5 major events that the earth is predicted to experience in the coming billion years.