Exploring the possibility of parallel universes
By: Jordan Cropper
Parallel universes; the very words sound like the products of an overactive science fiction writer’s mind. Yet once again, it seems that nature holds no qualms about surprising us; Parallel universes are now a viable theory that may help us to understand any number...
The planet Mercury
By: D. Vogt
Mercury is the first and smallest of the planets in the solar system. Although astronomers have known of this planet since it was first identified in the ancient Middle East, only a pair of space probes have been sent to this planet. From what we...
By: D. Vogt
It is currently impossible for scientists to count how many stars are in the universe. However, the current best estimate is that there are roughly 70 sextillion stars - or 70,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. More accurate counts would require a better...
The atomic second
By: D. Vogt
The atomic second is the precise definition of the modern unit of time known as the second, measured as the amount of time it takes an atom of cesium to vibrate, or shift between two ground states, exactly 9,192,631,770 times. - The...
By: InspiredWritingResearch
In defining what is atomic mass, the combined weight of protons,neutrons and electrons needs to be considered - this constitutes the mass of an atom ( ma). The weight of all of these grouped together in a single atom when the atom is motionless...
Cruithne: The Earth's second moon
By: D. Vogt
Cruithne is a comparatively near-Earth asteroid which, although it does not technically orbit the Earth, does - because of its location in the sky - seem to semi-circle the Earth in a rough horseshoe shape. However, horseshoe orbits are effectively optical illusions created by our...
An overview of Sputnik 1
By: D. Vogt
Sputnik 1 was the first satellite ever to reach orbit, launched by the Soviet Union from its spaceport in Kazakhstan on October 4, 1957. The launch was a major shock in the West, which had assumed it enjoyed a comfortable range of technological superiority over...
The difference between nuclear fission and nuclear fusion
By: D. Vogt
Both nuclear fission and nuclear fusion are both processes which, with the appropriate technology, can be used to produce large amounts of energy - either for power, or for destructive purposes. However, they are actually quite different chemical processes. Essentially, nuclear fission involves splitting atoms...
A scientific look at the 2012 Mayan doomsday prophecy
By: Adrian Will
2012 Mayans Prophecy – The Mayan Doomsday Prophecy End of the world prophecy or new beginnings? As we move ever nearer the date 21st December 2012 should we become increasingly concerned that the end of the world is nearing or some major global happening will...
Facts about NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
By: D. Vogt
The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), now rechristened Curiosity (NASA spacecraft usually receive new, less technical names prior to launch) is the next major rover mission bound for Mars. After it launches in 2011, it will conduct a ground mission similar to those currently being undertaken...

 

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