Armenia’s Metsamor nuclear power station – most dangerous in the world?

In light of recent catastrophic events that plagued Japan, and the consequent nuclear crisis recently raised to level 7 on par with Chernobyl, the talk of the day in every scientific and political circle seems to be that of nuclear safety. Armenia’s 31-year old only nuclear power plant located in Metsamor is one of the few remnants of the old

[VIDEO] Watch Yuri Gagarin’s historic orbital flight entirely in “First Orbit”

A few weeks ago I told you a bit about “First Orbit”, a marvelous documentary by Christopher Riley which practically visually recreates the same path Yuri Gagarin undertook exactly 50 years ago when he became the first man ever to go into space. Every six weeks, the International Space Station orbit matches the same arc around the world traced originally

Japan raises nuclear crisis level to that of Chernobyl

Japan’s nuclear crisis level has been regulated from level 5 to 7  by the International Atomic Energy Agency, at the top of the nuclear hazard scale and right on par with the 1986 Chernobyl incident, according to the level of radiation released in the accident. The new ranking signifies a “major accident” with “wider consequences” than the previous level, according

The ghost trees in Pakistan

The unfortunate floods in Pakistan haven’t affected only humans, they also had a truly fascinating “side effect”: millions and millions of spiders have climbed the trees in a desperate attempt to escape the flooding water. Because of the scale of the event and the fact that the water has taken so long to recede, they have made cocoons out of

The Futurama theorem

In case you don’t know, Futurama is a popular science fiction – I highly recommend it, as a matter of fact, but that’s more of a personal preference. What’s interesting about it is that a mathematical theory was created especially for it, or for an episode to be more exact. The theory refers to a hypothetical scenario where two persons

Half of Americans see natural disaster as sign of end times

According to more than half of all Americans, God is in complete control of everything that happens on our planet. Slightly fewer people, 44 percent, believe natural disasters, such as the earthquake and tsunamis in Japan are caused by an omnipotent power; but hey, it gets a little better – only 29 percent of Americans believe that God punishes a

China’s ‘great firewall’: phone calls containing the word ‘protest’ cut off

Censorship and filtering has been a long time practice used by Chinese authorities, and it’s a known fact that you have to be careful what to say or more importantly to whom you say it when in China. Like most of you are probably aware there’s a whole wave of protest sweeping through the arab world, which seems to have

Is tonight’s supermoon actually super ?

It’s March 19 ladies and gentlemen, so you should probably know by now about tonight’s supermoon; but what makes it so super ? Well, tonight’s full moon will almost coincide with the moon’s arrival at the perigee point – which makes it a supermoon ? Actually, the moon will be at a greater distance from our planet than it was

Super moon set to fill the night sky – don’t miss it !

Tonight, March 19, an true lunar rarity will fill the night sky – the super moon will delight amateur astronomers and romantics alike. For the first time in 18 years, the full moon will be a perigee full moon, which, for tonight, means that the lunar orb will be much closer to the Earth than usual. Astronomy lovers will rejoice

Does expensive beer taste better ?

It never ceases to amaze me how placebo works when it comes to prices – most people tend to be greatly influenced by the price of an item they buy, when it comes to judging its quality. Believe it or not, it has even become a marketing strategy, to raise your price rather than lowering them, to attract clients. Sounds

Dalai Lama to retire, leaving room for democratic elections

  The Dalai Lama announced today that he plans to retire as the political head of the Tibetan exiled movement, and leaving room for a democratically elected leader. “Tibetans need a leader, elected freely by the Tibetan people, to whom I can devolve power,” the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader said in a statement. “Now, we have clearly reached the time

The hot world of the fire tornadoes

They’re big, they’re bad, and they’ll burn your house down.

Bare-breasted Venus picture gets graffiti bra

The whole city of Minneapolis knew about the Titian exhibition that was about to take place; even if they weren’t interested in the once in a lifetime opportunity to see some of the most esteemed and beautiful paintings in the world, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts stirred some interest with a big sign – what better painting could the sign

Google is ‘very proud’ of Wael Ghonim’s role in the Egyptian protests

As protests throughout the Islamic world continue to spread like wildfire, the ones in Egypt remain extremely interesting from a specific point of view, that of the internet. The internet played a very important role, especially social media; but that role couldn’t have been played if it weren’t for Google employee Wael Ghonim, head of marketing for the Middle East

Science cafés – making science lectures fun and accessible

While in a bar, sipping a nice refreshing brew, it is not uncommon for people to engage in all sorts of discussions, ranging from Monday night football, to Kim Kardashian, to…science! You don’t need to be a scientist to talk about science either, and in Michigan a praising new phenomenon has emerged, science bars and cafes. The grassroots movement has

Shorties: Saint Isidore of Seville – the Saint patron of the Internet

I have to say ladies and gents, I don’t understand the church – and to be quite honest, I don’t intend to understand it. I don’t know if every saint has to be the saint of something, if there’s some sort of rule concerning this, and I won’t research it – because I don’t think it is interesting or useful

Vatican: Confessing Your Sins to an iPhone Doesn’t Count

I’ve seen and heard of a lot of crazy apps for the iPhone in my day, some can be classified more like stupid than innovative, but it seems one of AppStore’s recent best sellers, called “Confession: A Roman Catholic App” might take the cake. The official application description reads “Designed to be used in the confessional, this app is the