Everyone is so excited about the photo of a black hole that was released last night, especially scientist Katie Bouman who made it happen (yes, along with many other contributors, but SHE is the reason we have the photo and you never hear every other scientist in history, who all used other scientists' work and data, being as picked apart as she is! STAHP IT NOW).
As a parent, climate change is one of the things that scares me the most. It's almost surpassed violence against my teen in their life and the idea of them driving on my Biggest Fear radar. I can't stand the idea of them not being able to inhabit this planet because of what we, and what our ancestors, have done to it, and the evidence that it's just getting worst continues to mount.
Plenty of movies have explored just why time travel isn't possible, but at the rate of technological development in our time, who really knows? Maybe it will be commonplace, or regulated by FEMA someday. This team of physicists wanted to prove it could be done for just a single particle, for not even a full second, and even though yes, they were able to prove that it's possible, it's not likely at all through real life application.
When it comes to Mother Nature, most of us get how insignificant we are. All it takes is one "natural disaster" to wipe out many of us, and even if we're destroyed via climate change, as it would seem is currently happening, the Earth will probably be fine, healing itself with another Ice Age or something once we are gone. It's a sobering thought, just as bitter as it is sweet, and if there's any consolation for the pain we feel regarding the leaders who refuse to take any action to repair the damage we've done, it's that nature is one resilient force.
You can see slope streaks on the red planet, but what do the lines on Mars really mean? Where do they come from? There are a lot of guesses about what caused the streaks but scientists honestly don't know what has made the streaks appear on Mars. Some have guessed that they were made with water or something "wet," while others guess at something dry, but we're still playing guessing games.
Did you know that there are a bunch of undersea cables that we're all currently relying on in order for us to have Intenet access? Whether or not you did, you may not have realized how vulnerable these cables happen to be. Tonga, a country that has access to just one cable, recently experienced a severe blackout, making us realize just how dangerous it is to have anything happen to these vital cables.
I don't know about you, but if I had a severed foot wash up next to me while I was enjoying the ocean I might never come back. I'd probably get Tales From the Crypt flashbacks ("How long can you hold your breath?") and wonder at my own sanity.
There are plenty of galaxies out there that we haven't discovered yet and one of them just said hello by photobombing the Hubble Telescope. While taking photos of the star cluster NGC the Hubble Telescope managed to capture a super small galaxy at the same time, surprising scientists and making an accidental discovery all at once. NASA says that the galaxy is about as old as our universe and can teach us many things about how galaxies change over time.
There are always a lot of freaky news stories, so here are just a few from this past week.
New research indicates that our sun will die in a blaze of glory worthy of a Bon Jovi song. Just because we won't be around to witness it doesn't mean we won't get taken out sooner by our own climate change.