Physics

  • The Great Lie of American Flood Risk

    MILLIONS OF AMERICANS are living a lie. You might be one of them: The homeowners who live near a flooding California river, the landlords in a slowly subsiding Southern city, or the business operators on a shoreline inundated a Nor’Easter’s storm surge. And all around the country, the federal...
  • Devastation detectives try to solve dinosaur disappearance

    Below the shimmering turquoise waters of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula lies the scene of a prehistoric mass murder. In a geologic instant, most animal and plant species perished. Drilling through hundreds of meters of rock, investigators have finally reached the footprint left by the accused: Earth’s most notorious space rock...
  • Life On Mars: Astrobiologists Prove Microbes Can Survive The Thin Martian Atmosphere

    The news concerning Mars’ capability to sustain living organisms just got better. Astrobiologists now say that microbes can survive the harsh parameters of the thin atmosphere on the Red Planet. In fact, a new study has determined that certain microbes, if given the opportunity to proliferate in areas on...
  • Beautiful X-Ray Movies Reveal Skeletons Like Never Before

    IN THE OLD days, if you wanted to look inside someone’s body, you had to cut them open. Less than ideal. Then came the miraculous X-ray machine, which peered inside the human form, no scalpels required. Nowadays, X-rays can even show your insides moving in unprecedented detail, allowing doctors...
  • NASA Has A Whole Lot Of Science Planned For 2017

    NASA has a whole lot of research planned for 2017, including continued work to transport humans to Mars and efforts to track our home planet’s changing climate, despite an incoming administration that’s proved to be highly antagonistic to science in general. The U.S. space agency released a video Wednesday of next...
  • Fossil footprints tell story of human origins

    Footprints made by early humans millions of years ago have been uncovered in Tanzania close to where similar tracks were found in the 1970s. The impressions were made when some of our distant relatives walked together across wet volcanic ash. Their makers, most likely Australopithecus afarensis, appear to have...
  • No, Gotham, That’s Not How Tightropes Work

    I’LL BE HONEST. I don’t really watch Gotham, but it looks interesting. It chronicles the events in Batman’s city before he became Batman. That’s about all I know. However, when I saw a recent commercial for an upcoming episode, I had to do something. I’m not sure what’s going on here,...
  • Here’s the Real Reason Thanksgiving Makes You Sleepy

    EVERY YEAR, MANY of us gather around a Thanksgiving table and stuff our faces with food before ducking out of awkward conversations with distant relatives by blaming our post-feast food coma on “too much turkey.” It’s true that there is no slumber quite like that of a Thanksgiving nap,...
  • Richter magnitude scale and energy equivalents in terms of TNT explosive force

    The following table lists the approximate energy equivalents in terms of TNT explosive force – though note that the earthquake energy is released underground rather than overground. Most energy from an earthquake is not transmitted to and through the surface; instead, it dissipates into the crust and other subsurface...
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