Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Ethan Siegel Senior Contributor Starts With A Bang Contributor Group Science One of the most bizarre ideas about the quantum Universe is the notion of indeterminate states. In our conventional, macroscopic Universe, we're used to things simply existing in a particular, non-controversial way....
On the 9th of February 2020, just four days following an earlier Antarctic temperature record of 18.3C taken by Argentine research base Esperanza, a monitoring station on Seymour Island, part of a chain of islands off the same peninsula,...
What if the Big Bang wasn’t actually the start of it all? Perhaps the Big Bang was more of a “Big Bounce”, a turning point in an ongoing cycle of contraction and expansion. Or, it could be more like a...
The Baker (explosion) nuclear test, which was carried out on 25 July 1946 at Bikini Atoll, was one of two nuclear detonations under Operation Crossroads, was the fifth nuclear weapon detonation in human history, and was the first ever...
Scientists have pinpointed the homeland of all humans alive today to a region south of the Zambesi River. The area is now dominated by salt pans, but was once home to an enormous lake, which may have been our ancestral...
Scientists have compiled a record of snowfall in Antarctica dating back the last 200 years. A 2018 study of snowfall in Antarctica headed by Dr Liz Thomas shows there has been a significant increase in precipitation over the 2017 period...
In 1857, guided by the flickering light of a candle deep in a cave at Naracoorte in South Australia, the Reverend Julian Tenison-Woods stumbled across thousands of tiny bones of rodents and small marsupials buried at the base of crystal columns. Without...
The LHC normally collides protons into each other. If two protons travelling in opposite directions pass very close to one another within CMS or ATLAS, however, photons radiated from each proton can collide and produce new particles. Precision spectrometers...
‘All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.’ Galileo Galilei. Science is a wonderful subject, it’s fascinating, captivating and intriguing, it expands one’s mind, and makes us think of our world in...
There are three (basic) atmospheric processes that modify the incoming solar radiation passing through our atmosphere, at around 340W/m2. These processes (Scattering, Reflection, Absorption), act on the radiation when it interacts with gases and suspended particles found in the...