Category: History

Plate Tectonics May Have Begun a Billion Years After Earth’s Birth

Plate Tectonics May Have Begun a Billion Years After Earth’s Birth

Precisely what Earth looked like before plate tectonics, which drive these chunks of crust around, bumping and grinding into one another, is an open question. During the Archean eon 4 billion to 2.5 billion years...

How Cassini Managed to Live Such a Long and Useful Life at Saturn

How Cassini Managed to Live Such a Long and Useful Life at Saturn

Mission scientists gathered at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on Sept. 15 to say goodbye to the probe and watch its final plunge. JPL was the lead institute on designing and building Cassini, and the probe...

Asteroids: Fun Facts and Information About Asteroids

Asteroids: Fun Facts and Information About Asteroids

Despite their size, asteroids can be dangerous. Many have hit Earth in the past, and more will crash into our planet in the future. That’s one reason scientists study asteroids and are eager to...

Halley’s Comet: Facts About the Most Famous Comet

Halley’s Comet: Facts About the Most Famous Comet

Halley’s Comet is arguably the most famous comet. It is a “periodic” comet and returns to Earth’s vicinity about every 75 years, making it possible for a human to see it twice in his...

Planet Venus Facts: A Hot, Hellish & Volcanic Planet

Planet Venus Facts: A Hot, Hellish & Volcanic Planet

With conditions on Venus that could be described as infernal, the ancient name for Venus — Lucifer — seems to fit. However, this name did not carry any fiendish connotations; Lucifer means “light-bringer,” and...

Have you ever seen an atom?

Have you ever seen an atom?

Scientists at the University of California Los Angeles have found a way to create stunningly detailed 3D reconstructing of platinum nanoparticles at an atomic scale. These are being used to study tiny structural irregularities...

Was the Origin of Life a Fluke? Or Was It Physics?

Was the Origin of Life a Fluke? Or Was It Physics?

Understanding the origin of life is arguably one of the most compelling quests for humanity. This quest has inevitably moved beyond the puzzle of life on Earth to whether there’s life elsewhere in the...

Why Russia Did Not Put a Man on the Moon – The Secret Soviet Moon Rocket

Why Russia Did Not Put a Man on the Moon – The Secret Soviet Moon Rocket

At the time the soviets were leading the space race, they had already started with the launch of Sputnik, then launched several probes to the moon, including one in 1959 that orbited and taken...

Thinking You’re Less Active Than You Are Could Be Killing You

Thinking You’re Less Active Than You Are Could Be Killing You

People who believe they are not exercising enough are more likely to suffer the consequences of inactivity whether or not they are sedentary, while those who believe they are active are more likely to...

Origins of Mysterious Indonesian ‘Hobbits’ Revealed

Origins of Mysterious Indonesian ‘Hobbits’ Revealed

According to one prevailing but contentious theory, the hobbits descended from the larger Homo erectus, the first hominid to have modern human proportions, whose remains can be found on the nearby Indonesian island of...