Categories for Science

Would Discovering Alien Life Ruin Us?

Feb 3, 2018 @ 4pm ()

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell discusses the Great Filter hypothesis and helps us ponder is effects of discovering alien life.

Either we’re super lucky to be here and we took a huge step in our development so we’re the first, or we haven’t and that next step is ahead of us; which basically spells out certain doom because any alien civilization that came before us wiped itself out once it got to that step. Bill Bryson discusses the former in his book A Short History of Nearly Everything. As much as I want to “believe”, I’m going to bet on the fact that we’re just really really lucky to be alive. Of course some would argue if we’re lucky at all. Any who! Watch!

Maya “Megalopolis” Revealed by Laser Scans

Feb 1, 2018 @ 9pm ()

Researchers using laser scanning discover a network Maya roads and houses hidden under the jungle canopy of Northern Guatemala.

Using a new technology called LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging), scholars digitally removed the jungle canopy and were able identify 60,000 previously unknown Maya houses, palaces, roads, and structures.

VIA NATGEO

Engineering of the Drinking Bird

Jan 31, 2018 @ 2pm ()

Bill Hammack, the Engineer Guy, has a new video up on YouTube telling the fascinating history and science behind this novelty toy.

I always wanted one of these as a kid, though after watching this, I don’t think I missed much. I do love Bill’s videos though.

VIA ENGINEERGUY

Forbidden Snacks

Jan 28, 2018 @ 5pm ()

Apparently teens are eating Tide Pods? Enough so that The SciShow created a video about it.

In the first 3 weeks of 2018 at least 86 American teens have gotten sick enough to alert poison control.

I wasn’t going to post about the Tide Pod issue itself. I just wanted to get to the following Reddit bit – but found the Sci-Show post, which happens to be a really interesting lesson on a really stupid behavior. You’d think that “don’t eat laundry detergent” would be enough, but if side effects like “vomiting blood and seizures” doesn’t change your mind… *shrug*

Anyways, onto the original post – Reddit has a /r/forbiddensnacks subthread that is laughable. Check it out.

VIA BOING BOING

Hatching a Tiny Egg

Jan 26, 2018 @ 9am ()

YouTube Aviculturalist, A Chick Called Albert, rescued two tiny tiny bird eggs from imminent destruction. He was able to hatch one of the eggs and raise the tiny Wren to the point where it left the “nest” and was on its own.

I can only imagine the effort that goes into hatching and raising a tiny bird. Apparently you have to rotate the egg several times a day in the incubator. Then the feeding schedule looked intense. I have to imagine it feels great to see the little bird leave healthy.

VIA A CHICK CALLED ALBERT

Ticking Time Bomb in the Arctic?

Jan 25, 2018 @ 5am ()

Photo Credit : Kate Ramsayer/NASA

The permafrost layer in the arctic is starting to thaw. How will the affect global warming?

Behind the door is a geological time bomb, scientists say. No one knows exactly how big the bomb is. It may even be a dud that barely detonates. But the fallout could be so large that it’s felt all around the world. Now there’s evidence that, in the past few years, the bomb’s timer has started ticking.

This is a terrifying read. The permafrost in the arctic contains a massive amount of organic material that has been frozen for 25,000 years. As global temperatures rise, thawing the permafrost, bacteria trapped in the frost will activate and start breaking down the organic material.

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Trouble with the Flu

Jan 24, 2018 @ 1pm ()

Having the flu sucks, and apparently it’s a really bad year for it. Hank Green and the Sci-Show explain what is up with this years flu.

VIA THE SCI-SHOW