The 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster was so catastrophic that neighbouring towns are uninhabitable to this day. While Ukrainian scientists believed the problem was contained, recent reports show a spike in the radioactivity levels in the area, and global scientists believe there is a real possibility of another disaster if the nuclear material isn’t contained better, or disposed of. Check out this easy read to understand the different theories that scientists have about what could cause this scary scenario.
Named after Georg Steller, Steller’s sea cows are extinct sirenians. Unable to fully submerge, these sea cows often grazed near the surface, making them susceptible to predation, and hunting. Despite being hunted to extinction within a few decades of being discovered, these sea cows impacted the environment they left behind. Understanding their extinction can help us preserve kelp forests that are still surviving. Learn how in this easy GRE GMAT RC practice article.
The American Bumblebee population is rapidly declining, and is endangered. Their numbers have gone down by around 90%, and in some areas, even 99%. How could this affect the ecosystem, and with it, us humans? Find out more about the factors contributing to declining and suggested conservation efforts in this easy read.
In 2018, the largest constellation of satellites was Iridium’s with 70. In the coming years, Amazon, SpaceX, Satnet and others will launch constellations of satellites ranging from 11000-30000+ in number for high-speed internet. These satellites cause pollution, contribute to space debris, and mess with astronomical observations. At this rate, astronomy as a field of study would be severely crippled because we would no longer be able to look through telescopes and see the skies without a satellite or two (or dozen!) blocking our view.
What started out as a crowdsourcing experiment is now the US National Weather Service. A team of volunteers from different parts of the country were given weather equipment, and sent in their observations via telegraph. Consolidating that, the Smithsonian pioneered weather maps. This medium diffculty read follows the growth of weather prediction – from an inaccurate experiment to far more accurate science. Is climate change likely to impact weather prediction accuracy in the future?
Alan Turing, the famous polymath claimed that when naturally noisy systems are stimulated, they form stable patterns to maximize equilibrium. For example, desert grasses grew in shaped patches to maximize irrigation to all parts. Scientists are increasingly finding proof of what Turing published in 1952 and are realizing that what was named Fairy circles is actually the Turing pattern in action and a form of self-protection for the plants.
Are you a leisure maximizer or a leisure avoider? What do these terms even mean? In a fast-paced productivity-first environment, people often view leisure as unimportant, or worse, detrimental to achieving their goals.Leisure time has become an underutilized resource, with people trying to one-up each other on how well, or how grandly they spent their leisure time.This long and difficult article discusses the right way to approach leisure time and how to gain the most cognitive benefits from leisure.
According to some scientists, we’re a three-dimensional island, floating in 10-dimensional space. Based on the concepts of String Theory, some physicicsts believe that there could be a fifth dimension – beyond the three spatial dimensions we know and the fourth dimension of time. If this easy read article ends up being true, the fifth dimension could also be an explanation of dark matter.