Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

November 15th, 2022 - 11:50 pm § in Misc., Science

NASA’s Artemis 1 moonshot is go; watch launch here (video)

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October 29th, 2022 - 10:38 am § in Science

PHOTOGRAPHY: Smiling sun

This is a real photo, snapped by NASA. Read story here. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

October 17th, 2022 - 3:35 pm § in Science

A black hole is born

Around 2.4 billion years ago, a massive star in the Sagitta Constellation collapsed to form a black hole, and fired gamma rays into space. Astronomers are calling the explosion “BOAT” — the “brightest of all time.” The gamma rays arrived at our planet last week, and wer[...]

October 4th, 2022 - 12:32 pm § in Science

Why can’t time go backwards?

Want to read something that isn’t about politics? Courtesy of BBC News, I have just the article for you! It begins, “When Isaac Newton published his famous Principia in 1687, his three elegant laws of motion solved a lot of problems. … But these laws brought to physics a new probl[...]

October 4th, 2022 - 1:22 am § in Science

Swede wins Nobel Medicine Prize for tracing ancient DNA

     Swedish paleogeneticist Svante Pääbo, 67, won the 2022 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for “discoveries that underpin our understanding of how modern day people evolved from extinct ancestors at the dawn of human history” including sequencing the first Neanderthel genome,[...]

October 1st, 2022 - 11:41 pm § in Science

Close-up photo of asteroid

This is a photo of the asteroid hit by NASA’s “DART” mission on Monday, September 26, 2022, just before impact. The story (read it here) says the egg-shaped asteroid is 530 feet in diameter. (Wikipedia says 560 feet, here.) My question is, in which direction, since it’s not r[...]

October 1st, 2022 - 11:06 pm § in Science

How it was proved the earth spins on an axis

Writer Erik Larson (profile here) described it as follows: “In 1627, a very brave if melodramatic German mathematician, Joseph Furtenbach, aimed a loaded cannon into the sky in preparation for an experiment he hoped would provide the first real-world test of another of Galileo’s theories[...]

September 29th, 2022 - 12:01 am § in Science

Why doesn’t Seattle get hurricanes?

Because we have too many Democrats here, and hurricanes prefer Republicans. Hee hee, just kidding. Actually, because the Pacific Ocean is too cold, and West Coast winds blow in the wrong direction. Hurricanes are an equatorial belt phenomenon, not least because they get their energy from warm water,[...]

September 26th, 2022 - 6:29 pm § in Science

SPLATTT!!! Spacecraft hits asteroid (video)

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September 21st, 2022 - 1:27 pm § in Science

PHOTOGRAPHY: Neptune’s rings

Top image below, brought to you by the James Webb Space Telescope. Now, you may ask why Voyager 2 photos — bottom image below — don’t show the rings. After all, Voyager 2 was millions of miles closer than JWST is. The answer is Webb has infrared cameras and Voyager 2 doesn’t,[...]