The double helical structure that is characteristic of DNA
This coding here is not just a random arrangement of letters. Instead it imbibes the deepest secrets of life. Have you ever considered what makes you different from others? What is it that makes you resemble your parents but not your friends? What decides every aspect of you from the colour of your eyes to the colour of your skin?
What makes you who you are?
V774104 is now the farthest object and dwarf planet in the solar system
The solar system is a structure of closely knit objects orbiting the sun and the objects that orbit around these objects. It begins with the sun in the middle, and then there are the familiar planets close to the sun, Earth being one of them, followed by the asteroid belt and the dwarf planet Ceres. It then extends out to the gas-giant Jupiter, the ringed Saturn, and the icy cold planets of Uranus and Neptune. Then there’s the Kuiper belt, where Pluto dwells and so do many other dwarf planets, and beyond the Kuiper belt things become a little blurry, literally as well as figuratively. Lurking in this blurry region lied V774104, the farthest object in the solar system. Continue Reading
The universe is home to a 100 billion trillion stars and finding old stars among them is no easy task
Astrophysicists at the University of Cambridge and Australian National University found many of the earliest stars at the middle of the milky way galaxy. The relatively low amounts of metal in these stars pointed them in the right direction. These stars are like the ancestors of all cosmic bodies in the sky. The spectacular thing about the universe is that these ancient stars can still coexist with their progeny formed billions of years later. Being witnesses of the early universe, these stars still house many secrets, and studying them could answer the thousands of questions that still plague astrophysicists. Continue Reading
The Antarctic ice sheet is not yet contributing to rising sea levels, but it will in the future.
The answer is both.
The problem lies with how climate change is viewed. Global warming implies a global increase in temperature. And a direct impacts of this increase is melting ice in the polar ice caps. So, any sort of ice gain makes it seem like global warming isn’t a pressing issue and the world could fearlessly use resources till there’s any real threat.
This, however, isn’t true. Continue Reading
Pollution is one of the major environmental problems of this day.
Our environment is constantly changing. There is no denying that as our environment changes, so does the need to become increasingly aware of the problems that surround it. With a massive influx of natural disasters, warming and cooling periods, different types of weather patterns and much more, people need to be aware of what types of environmental problems our planet is facing.
Global warming has become an undisputed fact about our current livelihoods; our planet is warming up and we are definitely part of the problem. However, this isn’t the only environmental problem that we should be concerned about. All across the world, people are facing a wealth of new and challenging environmental problems every day. Some of them are small and only affect a few ecosystems, but others are drastically changing the landscape of what we already know.
iCub, a robot designed by the RobotCub Consortium and made to look like a human child
The anthropomorphization of technology is hard to avoid in this modern world. Your phone has a cute name and a responsive voice, and some of the most beloved fictional characters are fashioned from silicon, plastic and steel. Robots and machines have gathered a great popularity in society. Tamagotchi effect is the development of emotional attachment with machines or robots or even software agents. It was the Japanese toy, the Tamagotchi that was released in 1996. It has since been a major hit around the world. As of 2010, more than 76 million Tamagotchis have been sold worldwide.
As technology becomes more advanced, it may also be that people are becoming more emotionally attached to these lifelike objects. Continue Reading
Antimatter, whose existence is predicted by the Big Bang, is still missing from the universe
A recent experiment inside a particle accelerator has shown that an antiproton is very similar to a proton. This experiment involved the observation of interaction between antiprotons formed as a product of a high speed collision. Nuclear force was seen to bind antiprotons together just as nuclear force binds protons together in a nucleus.
But what is Nuclear Force? Continue Reading
According to recent scientific simulations by astronomers from the University of Toronto, billions of years ago Jupiter pushed a planet of comparable size out of the solar system. They also demonstrated why it was Jupiter and not some other planet. That rogue planet is probably circling the depths of the universe by now, far away from the solar system. Or, it might have been adopted by another solar system and is circling in an orbit again.
Maybe it even has life now, or perhaps it has a large network of moons, or it could have become part of a much bigger orbit circling around an entire galaxy. The possibilities are endless. Continue Reading
The earliest data collected must have been figures of populations or casualties in a war or failure of agricultural crops, each of these extremely important for any nation. Consequently, a need was felt as these events of great importance were documented and accounted for, but never made sense of. And this is the simple idea behind statistics: to make sense of data. It’s purpose is to make data more suited for an intuitive understanding, so important decisions can be made using it and so that nations wouldn’t collapse and mankind wouldn’t be driven to chaos.
Fractals are often depicted in abstract art with bright colours and infinite patterns
Imagine standing in the middle of two mirrors facing each other, and watching your reflection bounce from one mirror to the other for what seems to go on forever, like a long tunnel. If you could somehow travel through this infinite tunnel of mirrors and see for yourself, the reflection will keep repeating and repeating and repeating.
When pieces of reality become fused with the infinite, fractals are formed. Simply put, a fractal is something that infinitely repeats itself. It could be an image in a mirror, or a pattern, or a set of numbers. Fractals will repeat themselves over and over so that no matter which step of this repetition you look at it from, it’ll look the same.