Posts Tagged 'Discovery'

100 Things We Learned In 2013

knowledgeMost items in the list are not actually discoveries, but are trivia that you may not have been aware of previously Still, it is an interesting collection of factoids. For instance – I did learn that there is a ‘universal law of urination’ (#77) , and New Zealand won’t allow parents to name their child ‘Princess’, among other names (#34).

Read all 100 items HERE

 

 

Advertisements

Are There Things We Can Never Know ?

smarty-sIn a post from NPR –

Gardner allows that humans have wonderful brains, that we can invent thinking machines, microscopes and any number of intelligence-enhancers, but he says there are still limits, hard limits. Just as “there is no way to teach calculus to a chimp, or even make it understand the square root of 2,” he writes, “surely there are truths as far beyond our grasp as our grasp is beyond that of a cow.” He concedes that once upon a time humans were chimp-like and over time developed brains that cracked the “square root of 2” problem — but that doesn’t faze him. There are properties of our universe so profoundly complex that no sentient mind, no matter how enhanced, will ever understand them fully.

Continue reading HERE

 

Panoramic View Inside Space Shuttle Discovery’s Cockpit

Visit this page to check out an interactive 360 degree panorama of the space shuttle Discovery cockpit.

Explore the cockpit HERE.

 

 

Inflatable Tower To Space – Possible Now

Canadian scientists think that an inflatable tower to space can be built today. I have my doubts.

Discovery reported –tower

July 2, 2009 — An inflatable tower nine miles tall and tethered to a mountain top could cut the cost to launch spacecraft, reduce the need for geostationary communications satellites, and improve cell phone signals. “This structure could be made of commercially available materials,” said Brendan Quine, who, along with Raj Seth and George Zhu at York University in Toronto, Canada, wrote an article detailing their tower in the journal Acta Astronautica. Continue reading.


Archives

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 667 other followers

Advertisements

%d bloggers like this: