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Monthly Archives: April 2013
The Drake Equation, as we’ve discussed in class in the most recent unit, is a formula intended to project an estimate of how many intelligent societies could exist in the universe. The formula multiplies a series of interdependent variables–the rate of formation of Sun-like stars, the number of planets in a habitable zone per solar … Continue reading → Continue reading → Continue reading
It is interesting to think about the existence of extrasolar planets. Now that we are starting to find a lot of giants, the new thing is finding Earth like planets. Recently, Kepler has found three Earth-like planets. I am anxious … Continue reading → Continue reading → Continue reading
This picture compares the inner planets of our solar system to Kepler-62, a newly discovered planetary system NASA’s Kepler mission has recently discovered three super-Earth-size planets in the “habitable zone,” or the range of distances form a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might sustain liquid water. It is planets like these […] Continue reading → Continue reading
NASA’s Cassini spacecraft recently observed meteors colliding with Saturn’s thin rings. This marked the first direct evidence of small meteoroids breaking into streams of rubble and crashing into Saturn’s rings, although astronomers already expected this to be occurring regularly. However, specific details of such impacts were merely speculation, much of which is cleared up via […] Continue reading → Continue reading
One of the most mysterious questions of human beings is that: how did life come to existence? Where did first trace of life come from? One hypothesis is that conditions and elements on early Earth gave rise to the first single-cell organism. To testify this hypothesis, chemists Stanley Miller and Harold Urey animated the conditions […] Continue reading → Continue reading
above is a photo of what one artist pictures the Milky Way to look like. I googled “What the Earth looks like in the Milky Way” to see a range of ideas and predictions that currently exist. The Google Image results got me thinking. We are absurdly small. The Sun is massive compared to us, … Continue reading » Continue reading → Continue reading
In William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, Jacques stated the famous line, “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” This notion of people going through their lives as nothing more than dramatic actors has … Continue reading → Continue reading
Through the years, the field of biotechnology focused more on the engineering side, such as the mechanics and functions of machines like MRIs and CAT scanners. Recently though, the field has exploded as it fused with the study of genetics. … Continue reading → Continue reading
Art has long been a means to present a social commentary to the masses, and Büchner’s masterpiece “Leonce and Lena” seamlessly melds very important social issues into a comedic story. Büchner’s focus is to critique the monarchy through Leonce, a … Continue reading → Continue reading