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Monthly Archives: April 2019
Tardigrades are the toughest animals that we have yet discovered, not due to their physical strength, but rather their incredible ability to survive. People praise cockroaches for their ability to survive levels of radiation that would be lethal to humans, but the real heroes are microscopic “water bears” called tardigrades. Tardigrades are extremophiles, or micro-organisms … Continue reading Tardigrades Continue reading → Continue reading
Here are two things I’ve been doing this semester (in addition to taking this course) Watching Star Trek: The Next Generation Taking an investigative writing course focusing… Read more “A semester wrestling pessimism and optimism” Continue reading → Continue reading
It’s the age old question: are we alone in the universe? It’s a topic we began wrestling as children, well before we even had basic knowledge of… Read more “Are civilizations doomed? One possible explanation for the Fermi Paradox” Continue reading → Continue reading
Throughout the semester, I learned about things I had never thought of including the moons of others planets, tiny microbes living in extreme conditions, and astronomical objects here on Earth. Each of these topics and more helped me grasp the scope of the universe and the solar system we live in. There are so many […] Continue reading → Continue reading
One of the biggest questions in the universe is whether or not we are alone. The Fermi Paradox seeks to answer this question and try to make sense of our place amongst the cosmos. The basis of the paradox is if a civilization had the right rocket technology and the will, they could colonize the […] Continue reading → Continue reading
As my freshman year of college draws to a bitter sweet and slightly chaotic close, I’ve been doing some major thinking about about the events of the past school year. I fell in love with astronomy from the very first lecture I attended, way back in August of last year. While my first semester gave … Continue reading Reflections: A Year of Astronomical Study → Continue reading → Continue reading
The string theory is a very interesting idea that propose another totally different way of thinking what made up our universe. Although this theory is very arguable because it can never be tested in our labs so that a lot of physicist do not like this theory, but it indeed gives a very unique prospective … Continue reading String theory – the other way of interpreting our universe → Continue reading → Continue reading
With a recent picture of a blackhole becoming the newest internet sensation I thought it might be neat to talk about my favorite word, spaghettification. In class we’ve talked about tidal forces, that is the force differential between the close part and the far part to a gravitational source. On the small scale, such as … Continue reading Speghettification Continue reading → Continue reading
For this blog post, I ventured onto YouTube to find a more detailed explanation of the Fermi Paradox. Although there we a video by celebrity scientist Bill Nye on YouTube, I ventured for a more scientific video done by Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell. The video introduced three categories of civilizations. A type one civilization … Continue reading More on the Fermi Paradox → Continue reading → Continue reading
For my last blog, I wanted to write about something that was somewhat related to astronomy: celebrity scientists. Specifically, I wanted my last blog to be why Bill Nye is not a scientist. He should not be having millions of followers or appearing at colleges and talk shows (not scientists should be creating a “brand” … Continue reading Celebrity Scientists → Continue reading → Continue reading