Fiction Turned Science: The Most Amazing Science News Of 2016

Fiction Turned Science: The Most Amazing Science News Of 2016

This year has seen a lot of pain and heartbreak on a global scale, with many tragic events that seemingly just keep piling on. However, there is a bit of light in it all: Thousands of scientists all over the globe have been hard at work and have made some amazing discoveries, created impressive devices, and achieved seemingly incredible successes. Some of the stuff is literally like it’s taken out of a sci-fi show, and it seems that we are only getting started. Don’t believe me? Check out this list, and maybe you will: Bionic eyes enter human testing stage […]

That One Time We Wanted To Nuke The Moon

That One Time We Wanted To Nuke The Moon

During the 1950’s a lot of curious things happened. The red scare was at its height in the US, and the USSR and USA were locked in a pretty insane nuclear arms race that had the rest of the world biting at its fingernails. Things were tense, to say the least. Like two ego-fueled high school jocks, two superpowers were always looking for an excuse to flaunt their power and superiority over the other, and heaven forbid if your nemesis outdone you in some manner. If you have this in mind, it might not be a surprise that the US […]

How Neural Networks Will Change The World

How Neural Networks Will Change The World

“You cannot make a machine to think for you”. This was the beginning of a talk held in Manchester, England on one, presumably rainy, afternoon of 1951. The talk, held by one Alan Turing, was meant to present his “Heretical Theory”, as he himself called it. And heretical it was, as the father of modern computing went on to explain why that very first sentence of his speech was completely wrong. Turing presented a paper he wrote a few years earlier in which he explained that computers could be used to mimic human brains. Now, an interesting thing is that […]

A Possibly Habitable Earth-Like Planet Discovered Just 4 Light Years Away

A Possibly Habitable Earth-Like Planet Discovered Just 4 Light Years Away

A team of scientists recently announced the discovery of a new planet not far from our Solar System. A discovery of this caliber is fairly typical in the astronomy field, so why are scientists, popular media outlets, and regular people like me and you getting so excited about it? Because this planet could be another Earth! It sounds crazy, we know. We’re more used to hearing about planets being downgraded and stars being named, or NASA exploring planets and moons orbiting our own Sun. But, this new planet, currently dubbed Proxima b, gives us a lot to be excited about. […]

51 Interesting Facts About Albert Einstein

51 Interesting Facts About Albert Einstein

One of the greatest minds of our time came with a number of peculiarities and behavior that people of his time deemed “eccentric”. He was a kind, but passionate man, with numerous talents and a great love of life. At the same time, he was a very hard man to live with, and his devotion to his science often left his love life in shambles. A celebrity, an activist, a scientist, a friend, he was many things to a huge number of people in the tumultuous time of the past mid-century. One thing is certain: This amazing character has reshaped […]

150 Cool Space Facts: The Ultimate Guide To The Universe

150 Cool Space Facts: The Ultimate Guide To The Universe

Have you ever looked up at the night sky and caught yourself wondering how many stars are there? Or how many people have been on the Moon? How long did they stay? Maybe you want to know what is the biggest, or fastest, thing we discovered so far? Do you know which man-made object is currently farthest from Earth? Space is really, really big. (“Not as big as yo mama!” is heard somewhere in the background). Naturally, that means that there is a mind-boggling amount of interesting and awe-inspiring stuff that we have discovered about it. Some of the facts […]

8 Amazing Neurological Facts About Animal Brains

8 Amazing Neurological Facts About Animal Brains

The brain is an intriguing organ. Although we know a lot about the functioning of the human brain and animal brains there is still much about brains that allude us. Study on the brain is continuous and often scientists turn to animal brains in order to find out more about our human brain. You are probably wondering: What is so astounding about an animal’s brain? You may even ask: Aren’t all animal brains alike? Well here are eight neurological facts about animal’s brains that are sure to do more than raise a few eyebrows. These facts will throw all your […]

Face Blindness Leaves Sufferers Unable To Recognise Faces Of People They Already Know

Face Blindness Leaves Sufferers Unable To Recognise Faces Of People They Already Know

There’s always that one person at a party who says they’re notoriously bad with names or faces, but did you know that not being able to recognise someone can actually be the cause of a medical condition? Prosopagnosia, also known as face blindness, is a cognitive disorder where sufferers can’t recognise faces – even those most familiar to them, like their children, their spouses, their parents, and even their own. Other visual processes remain intact, though, so sufferers can still tell objects apart, they just can’t differentiate between peoples’ faces. To them, everyone looks the same. In best case scenarios, […]

Why Do Cats Always Land On Their Feet

Why Do Cats Always Land On Their Feet

Cats; love them or hate them, there’s no escaping their seemingly improbable nine lives. Part of this stems from the rumour that, no matter what the distance, a falling cat will always land on their feet. But is this the case? Do cats always land on their feet? Quite often, yes. This ability to right themselves has got many a cat out of a sticky situation; seemingly uninjured. So how do they do it? How can they land on their feet when many species (people included), can’t? The Why Before looking at the how, it is important to consider the […]

Short Spine Syndrome: Just 14 Dogs Have This Rare Condition

Short Spine Syndrome: Just 14 Dogs Have This Rare Condition

You might have seen images circling the internet that show “Photoshopped” images of dogs with unnaturally short backs and no necks. While it’s easy to think the images have been tampered with in some way to make them go viral, these dogs actually have a condition called Short Spine Syndrome – they haven’t been Photoshopped into weird goblin-like creatures. What exactly is Short Spine Syndrome? Short Spine Syndrome is a condition that affects very few dogs in the world (there have been less than 20 named). It’s where the vertebrae have been compressed together to shorten the vertebral column, and […]

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