Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Mystic Mountain

This region of the Carina Nebula is known as ‘Mystic Mountain’ - a three-light-year-tall pillar of gas and dust containing jets of gas being emitted by infant stars. source

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Space Artists's Concepts for Unseen Planets

Check out npr  to see the process behind designing concept art for newly discovered planets. It is fascinating!

'This artist's impression shows a best guess of what the surface of the planet 
Proxima b might look like, as it orbits the red dwarf star Proxima Centauri, the 
closest star to our solar system. Maybe Mars was the model?'
M. Kornmesser/ESO

Waterball Ping Pong

"Astronaut Scott Kelly has spent more time in space than any other American. He has also played solo ping pong with a ball of water and two hydrophobic paddles." 
Image Credit: NASA 




You MUST Watch this Video

Earth's history is laid out to scale on a football field. A VERY cool timeline.



Giant Creatures




Full story here. And here’s our rhyming round-up of other ancient, giant versions of modern mammals:




Glow Worms







Image Credit: Janek von Byern, GIF’d by Maddie Sofia

Where in the World Have New Diseases Emerged?


"What new viruses are emerging in your backyard? 

If you’re a germaphobe, make sure you’re sitting down.
Back in 1999, a woman in California cleaned up rodent droppings in her home. Two weeks later, her liver started failing. Then she started to bleed internally — a hemorrhagic fever that would kill her. Eventually doctors found a new virus in her body, which very likely came from a rat.
A few years later, a man in Arizona went to the hospital. The skin on his legs was infected and dying. Doctors had to amputate. His diagnosis? A new kind of leprosy.
Over in the Midwest, the problem has been new tick-borne diseases, some deadly. And in New England, doctors are dealing with a disease that causes Lyme-like symptoms but is caused by a different bacteria.
The pattern continues across the country and across the world. A spike in new infectious diseases is the new normal.
      Another side effect of humanity’s conquest of the natural world."