TAG: Earth

Energy Saving Thermal Cooling Is No Mirage

Energy Saving Thermal Cooling Is No Mirage

Homes that incorporate luxury with smart energy saving features can be nice to sight-see, but this one designed by Kois Associated Architects might make your mouth drop. This beautiful dwelling is perfectly in place with its gorgeous backdrop in Tinos Island, Greece. Called the Mirage┬áhome, it sits on a rocky hillside staring out at the stunning blue hues of the Aegean Sea. The design completely considered both the surrounding land and sea, situating the home in a way that does not detract from either. An intentional feature created by the way the house sits on its foundation is a nearly… read more

A Sparkly New Discovery In Western Australia

A Sparkly New Discovery In Western Australia

A mining expedition and a researcher in mineralogy have uncovered an interesting discovery. A completely new kind of mineral was found located in Lake Cowan in the Western portion of Australia. It has been named putnisite, and according to researchers from the University of Adelaide in South Australia, its chemical makeup and crystallography are unlike any other mineral currently known. Scientists are not sure yet what exactly to make of the mineral, or know yet if it has any useful properties. Most findings and examinations lead to classifying an item and learning more about it. As described on Phys.org, what… read more

Five Amazing Science Videos From List 25

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Tired of scrolling through your Facebook/Twitter feeds? Have you read everything from the front page of Reddit and are waiting for new content to make its way to the top? Perhaps you’re not in the mood to play the “What Should I Watch On Netflix” game at the moment. If this sounds like you, then perhaps you’ll enjoy these short and sweet videos that’ll send some science your way from List 25. 25 Unsolved Scientific Mysteries That Will Leave You Scratching Your Head Do you ever wonder why you need sleep? Why you dream? And just what is that “Dark… read more

Discovery of Water on Exoplanets

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As Earth’s population grows in number and our natural resources dwindle, the day will come when our planet is officially too small for human expansion. If we haven’t discovered a way of leaving the solar system by that time, we may be in serious trouble. Of course, we’re planning on colonizing Mars in the next few decades, but the process of Terraforming, or turning it into an Earth-like planet, will take hundreds, if not thousands, of years. So how do we determine which planets in the night sky are capable of carrying water? It may seem downright impossible to look… read more

What If Everyone Jumped At Once?

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What kind of environmental impact might we experience if everyone on the planet jumped at the same time? Would there be massive earthquakes causing untold destruction? Would the planet move away from us? Would we bring about the apocalypse? It’s probably not a question that runs through your mind on a daily basis, but lucky enough, Vsauce has the answer. Check it: The question itself is rather silly, but the physics and the science behind it help us understand a great many things about the Earth, including how it interacts with gravity, friction, and cosmic bombardments in the form of… read more

Bill Nye’s Open Letter To Obama About NASA

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Bill Nye, renowned scientist and educator, recently penned Pres. Obama a letter encouraging him to give NASA a healthy budget with which to explore the stars. Here’s the video: Space research is extremely important, as it helps us to better understand and monitor our constantly changing planet. Discoveries on other worlds also contribute to our knowledge of the greater universe beyond the solar system, and boost our abilities to leave the planet, since (according to Stephen Hawking), it’s kind of necessary that we do.

What Does Earth Really Look Like?

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We’re fighting for the future of our planet, and clean land for our children to grow up on. However, I’d bet that 99% of us don’t know very much about the planet itself. As humans, we fight for good causes, even if we don’t entirely understand the history behind the cause. Check out this video by Vsauce that does a fantastic job at showing us what we’ve been missing out on by not pursuing a career in the space industry: So what did you think? I find it amazing that humans thought the earth was flat for the longest time,… read more

The Stability of the Ozone

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The earth’s atmosphere is essential for the continuation of life on our planet. Current events like the meteoroid hit in Russia reminds us of our atmosphere’s importance as we face not only the domestic threats of climate change, but extraterrestrial threats as well. The atmosphere consists of five layers. Those are, from ground level outward, the troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, thermosphere, and the exosphere. Of the atmosphere’s five layers, the stratosphere serves as one of the most crucial to life on earth due to the protective sheath it contains, known as the ozone layer. There are two regions in the earth’s… read more

How Many People Can Live On Earth?

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The educational Youtube channel Vsauce asked this very question a few months ago. Via a Google Plus Hangout, Micheal Stevens (the host of Vsauce) gave a live Q & A session to shed scientific light on the subject. You can watch the hangout below. Open your notebook, because this one’s chalk full of exciting facts. What did you think? Did his commentary more or less mirror your own thoughts on the discussion? Let us know in the comments below!

Campaign For Ugly Animals

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We all know that when it comes to unspoken life rules, anything cute and cuddly takes priority above everything else. This is why cute animals rarely make it to the endangered species list, and when they do, the world rallies to save them. After all, we couldn’t live without cute lil’ Sea Lions swimming around, right? (ok, I take that back, those things are absolutely adorable). Here’s a quick video describing the UAPS and their mission: It’s because of backwards human psychology that ‘The Ugly Animal Preservation Society’ exists in the first place. Congratulations, world; you’re responsible for the extinction… read more