2019 will be a big year for all things related to space; a suggestion borne out by developments at the International Astronautical Federation’s International Astronautical Congress. The event is held each year during the first week of October to commemorate the launch of Sputnik on 4 October 1957.
Radioactive carbon used in radiocarbon dating is carbon that is radioactive. Since it is active, it is unstable, and therefore tends toward stability. This is common in nature; for example, if you hold an object at a certain height, it has the potential to fall, the potential energy that is.
The story of how the 15th element on the periodic table was discovered stands as one of the great accidents of human endeavor.
Apollo 8 is the space mission for the humanities. This was the moment in which humanity realized a dream conceived in our cultural imagination.
Nuclear science strives to develop new techniques for discovering new isotopes, understanding their properties, and eventually harvesting them efficiently.
Noise pollution from wind turbines should be measured during environmental impact assessments to ensure effects on the surrounding wildlife are minimized.
Nothing in the formulation of quantum mechanics that mandates that it should apply only to the very small, and not to the human scale.
While economists generally oppose government intervention in a “free market,” the current situation cries out for change.
Spiders use silk to fly for miles. Using a peculiar breathtaking way, they are able to ride the wind and travel across oceans.
Virtual reality offers cheap emotions; whereas real experiences connect us to the deeds of past people and place us in contexts where history was made.
The WHO recommends breastfeeding babies for the first six months of life. Unfortunately, only about a quarter of American babies meet that guideline.
Picked up by fiction writers such as Dan Brown, many people think of antimatter as a theoretical idea – unaware that it is actually produced every day.
It’s not clear whether the quantum speed limit is so high it’s unattainable – like the car that will never even get close to the speed of light.
Scientists are now desperate for their calculations of the future to fail and to provide guidance on what we should be doing to make the next intellectual leap.
“What’s the best free throw?” Should the shooter aim towards the front of the hoop or the back? Does it depend on whether the shooter is short or tall?
Starting from March 1st 2018, the Swiss government banned the common practice of boiling lobsters alive. They “will now have to be stunned before they are put to death” as stated in the government order.
The Philippines decided to suspend its dengue immunization program because the used vaccine poses health risks in people who were not previously infected. The decision comes after the announcement of the French pharmaceutical manufacturer Sanofi
Dr. Renu S Persaud is an award-winning Canadian professor of social sciences. Her new book The Mastery of You is expected to be released on October 15, 2017.