Hubble Finds Unidentified Object in Space, Puzzles scientists

It’s obvious for everybody that more and more interest is being put into space flights, and we’re approaching another era in this field. There’s a good reason why astronauts have it so hard and why they take so many chances; every once in a while, they find something that just bafflesc scientists and that’s impossible to explain, at least at

First pictures of the okapi or the African ‘unicorn’

An African animal so rare that people used to believe it is the mythic ‘unicorn’ has been caught on camera in the wild, for the first time. The okapi is a mammal similar to a deer in the front and to a zebra in the back and with the blue tongue of a giraffe. It was first discovered only in

7 wonders of modern engineering

In a previous article you had the chance to read about the seven wonders of the ancient world, which remained famous for thousands of years and still amaze people from all over the world due to their magnificent traits. But time passed and nowadays people take pride in other accomplishments, from scientific experiments to stadiums. This list is by no

9 Dinosaurs that marked the planet

How the dinosaurs appeared is clear, but it’s not so clear how they dissapeared. One thing’s for sure, they ruled this planet for a significant amount of time. But how much truth is behind this avalanche of publicity and fiction, and which dinosaurs are the true leaders of these amazing lizards?? Here’s just a small list, by no means comprehensive

The Ancinet Alp Mummy Trade Has Been Determined

I remember seeing an awesome documentary on the Discovery Channel way back, about the now infamous Iceman, a Neolithic mummy found in the Italian Alps. The documentary tried to offer a glimpse at his last moments in life, offering multiple hypotheses on the circumstances of his death (it has now been proved that his death was cause by a cranium

Science ABC: The Horizon Problem

Today’s topic is a bit more complex, but requires only elementary notions to understand. It’s a problems that scientists have had many problems with, to say the least. The truth is despite the fact that there are some solutions that would partially (or even totally) explain the issue, there is no satisfactory explanation to this Big Bang related topic. Basically,

Invisibility: another sci-fi dream come true?

Photo by Firentzesca Recently, attempts to make “cloaking technology” possible have reached a great level, with major break throws. Among mentionable achievements, more notable are the work of Oleg Gadomsky, a Russian professor that managed to redirect light around objects and that of the people from the University of Maryland, who reported the successful cloaking of small 2D objects from

HUGE Waterfall discovered in Peru’s Amazon Rainforest

Belive it or not, there are still regions of the world left uncovered and unexplored. One of these, up till now virgin, territories, is a small region in Peru’s Amazon Rainforest region, where a very tall new waterfall has been discovered. Discovered, however, is an awkward word, because the waterfall’s existence was well known by the indigenousness population living there,

Junk Mail around the world produces as much CO2 as 9 million cars

Who here doesn’t spam? No, not the damn meat, I’m talking about spam mail. Yup, there you go. You go to your inbox every morning to check your mail, hoping to find that letter from your ant in Brussels, but instead you get flood with loads of trash mail. Well, besides the fact that junk mail agravates the hell out

Science ABC: understanding algae based biofuels

Due to the need for a constant development in alternative sources of energy and development, scientists have been turning their attention towards algae, which could prove the good answer to many questions raised by the current necesities. Algae are a very large and diverified group of photosynthetic organisms, crucial to marine life and numerous ecosystems. You’ve probably heard about algae

Money in the Earth’s Bank: Preservation of Canada’s Boreal Forest

Whether we want to accept it or not, mankind has caused significant (to say the leased) damage to the amount of forests and habitats around the world. That’s why it’s so important for people, especially those in leading positions to take standing positions in protecting and increasing the area of forests around the world. It’s always great to see initiatives

Robofish work together

Kristi Morgansen, an aeronautics and astronautics engineer at the University of Washington presented the results of these amazing robofish. These new robots that feature tails and fins passed the test with flying colours.What makes it so amazing? Well, unlike most robots which receive instructions from a scientist or satellite, Robofish (as they are called) rely solely on each other and

ZME science contest [finished]

It’s not a science contest or a fair, or anything like that; it’s way simpler than that. Here’s how it works: What can you win: Two great books: “Into Thick Air” and “Seven Wonders for a Cool Planet” – I really recommend them, as they’re a very good read. How to win them: All you have to do is leave

Everything you wanted to know about Easter Island but were too afraid to ask

Geography Easter Island (Rapa Nui in the native Easter Island language) is situated in the southeastern Pacific Ocean – it’s an overseas territory of Chile. It’s the most isolated inhabitated area, and it’s famous for the monumental statues, called moai (pronounced MOE-eye) which have fascinated and baffled people for many, many years; and still, no good explanation stands. As you

Science ABC: What Rainbows are and How They Form

Photo by wikipedia What are Rainbows? Rainbows are some of the most spectacular phenomena in nature; they’ve fascinated and stimulated the imagination of people since the dawn of mankind, and continue to do so to this day. There are all sorts of legends that suround them, from the treasure at the end of the rainbow to the house of gods for

What are Einstein’s true beliefs about religion and science?

  I really hope everybody knows who Einstein is, and many people know why he is famous and how he left is mark in the scientific world. Still, aside from his brilliant results in physics (mostly), he is also very well known for his aphorisms, metaphors and overall interesting way of expressing himself. I’ve always found it hard to understand

The 4 most spectacular waterfalls in the world

Photo by Wolfgang Staudt In the previous post of this waterfall series, I wrote a list of the 5 tallest waterfalls in the world. I bet some of you were surprised not to hear more famous waterfalls or to see that the ‘big boys’ are not that spectacular – not the massive amount of water you’d probably expect. So, this

6 record holding animals you’ll never be as good as

Photo by bocavermelha Sometimes, animals are better than humans. Quite a lot of times actually, but that’s not the point here. We’re going to take a look at some record holding animals that are (or do things that are) just unbelievable! The biggest – the blue whale. Photo by Dan Shapiro. Credit: NOAA via pingnews It’s the biggest creature to

NASA images show devastation in Myanmar

  Every once in a while, we are reminded that we live on this wonderful planet but that can sometimes display an impressive amount of destructive force. This year, from the first cyclone of the 2008 season in the northern Indian Ocean we were reminded how frail and easy to destroy are the lives of people.According to reports from Accuweather.com,

The 5 tallest waterfalls in the world

Victoria falls; photo by Remyomar Following our mountain theme, in which we included the 5 tallest mountains in the world and the two most dangerous peaks in the world, Annapurna and Nanga Parbat, it’s time for a bit about waterfalls; and what better way to start than a list of the 5 tallest such fantastic displays of nature’s beauty? ‘Cause