NASA is currently working on a theoretical propulsion drive which will allow humans to travel not only faster than light, but much faster. Most current proposals offer near light-speed at best, but this idea goes even further, making interstellar travel very feasible within the lifetime of a single human. It is extraordinary in the fact that it will make the universe much smaller, allowing us to reach out and physically touch our celestial neighbors. Read more…
A nearby galaxy known as Messier 82, or colloquially called the “cigar galaxy,” is harboring an astronomical enigma that scientists have yet to explain. The galaxy is roughly 12 million light-years away, relatively close, located in the constellation Ursa Major. The radio emissions abruptly began within a few days of the object first appearing in May of 2009, and have been going ever since. Read more…
An article from Learning Mind addresses this question by analyzing the novel Flatland. The book uses the oft-quoted illustration of 2-dimensional creatures being surprised by the interjection of 3-dimensional creatures. This example is used in many science programs, such as Through the Wormhole and The Universe, to simplify string theory and make the issue of multiple dimensions more palatable to laymen. However, I believe there are a few problems with the conclusions the author, Anna Lemind, presents from these sources. Read more…
All of those horribly inaccurate end-of-days movies don’t seem quite so ridiculous once you let the data represented in this graphic sink in. This graphic was made by NASA and represents the orbit of all of the known asteroids within our own solar system. Now compare the numerous asteroid orbits with our beloved Earth’s lone orbit which is highlighted in white. It demonstrates the real plausibility of the dinosaurs’ extinction-by-asteroid theory, and it almost makes you wonder how we haven’t been battered to extinction yet. Read more…
Astronomers have crowned a new king as the largest structure in the observable universe. This title was formerly held by the Huge Large Quasar Group which consisted of 73 quasars spanning a mind-boggling 4 billion light years. As of November 2013 that title is now held by the Hercules–Corona Borealis Great Wall, an enormous grouping of galaxies spanning an unimaginable 10 billion light years. This “great wall” is the first structure that is not a large quasar group to hold this title since 1991.
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A Libertarian Case for Net Neutrality
As a libertarian you may be uneasy with the concept of net neutrality. Like me, you feel inexplicably drawn to this neutrality but feel guilty for it. You think to yourself, “I’m a free-market libertarian, by God! Regulation is wrong! Why is my instinct betraying me?” It’s because we don’t live in perfect world. We live in an economy that is far from free and is infested with government regulations and corporate manipulation. The internet service industry is a picturesque example of this.
Putin Testing Obama
Putin has been testing how far he can push Obama lately. Honestly, it’s getting pretty ridiculous.