What causes clouds to sometimes appear black
By: Dawn Worzala
Normally, there are those black clouds that will give you one of a few clues that is going to rain. The research is that anytime that there is water, land, and sea the sun will melt the water. The dew point happens to call when...
Exploring the idea that nature's wrath is Earth's way of defending herself
By: Christyl Rivers
Many people think that Mother Earth's "Global warming" fever is just nature's immune system trying to rid itself of a pesky human infestation. This idea is popular. As a metaphor it certainly makes more rational sense than God's "wrath" for homosexual behavior or some ancient...
How stalagmites form
By: Tim Harry
Stalagmites, normally in partnership with stalactites, are a common feature of cave systems around the world. These speleothems, or cave formations, can take millions of years to form Most people will know that stalagmites form on the cave floor; helped by the old saying that...
Where was vanilla originally grown?
By: Tim Harry
Most people when they think of vanilla will think of ice cream; vanilla ice cream is after all the most widespread of all ice cream flavourings. Vanilla though is an ingredient in many things, from food and drink, to medicines and perfumes, and as a...
The different uses of nickel
By: Tim Harry
Nickel is one of the world’s most heavily utilised metals, and is commonly found in domestic and commercial settings. Few people will perhaps realise just how widespread nickel usage is though as nickel is primarily used as an alloy, meaning it is often used...
Why carbon-14 dating doesn't yield exact results
By: Tim Harry
Carbon-14 is a radioactive isotope of carbon, and is as a result often used in to date archaeological finds. The presence of Carbon-14 in all organic material (including wood, textiles and bones) comes about because of the bombardment of the atmosphere by cosmic rays, which...
By: Thomas Baldwin
Do you know what do heating cooling degree weather forecasts mean? Degree days refer to a special kind of weather report which is created on the basis of the calculations obtained by reading outside air temperature. For this purpose, heating degree days and cooling...
The Beaufort Wind Scale
By: Tim Harry
The Beaufort Wind Scale has for almost two hundred years been the standard method of observing and recording wind conditions in maritime and coastal environments. The thirteen point scale being used in many shipping forecasts to indicate the experienced and expected wind conditions. The Beaufort...
By: Jose Juan Gutierrez
Ocean acidification is the process by which the ocean absorbs carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. The oceans have regulated Earth´s climate by absorbing CO2 from the atmosphere for centuries; however, in the present, the chemistry of the oceans is being altered significantly, as...
Giant squid captured on video for first time
By: Leigh Goessl
In what is being described as a remarkable video capture, a team of scientists have filmed a giant squid in action far beneath the ocean's depths. Reportedly, this collaborative expedition, which included 100 dives, was attempted for years before it could finally reach fruition. This...

 

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