Did You Know Science
The Science Behind Slime
Tue, 05 Jun 2018 21:14:25 +0000
Slime is something that children today love to play with, and most of us might have made one for a science project. However, some are confused about the state of slime because it flows like a liquid but its ability to flow is not constant. Slime is a kind of fluid that changes its ability to resist deformation according to shear or tensile stress. This kind of fluid is referred to by Scientists as a non-Newtonian fluid. Slime as a Non-Newtonian Fluid Newtonian fluids are liquids that pour and behave like oil, water, and alcohol. This is based on the
The Science Behind Tattoos
Tue, 05 Jun 2018 18:52:58 +0000
Many people in the present time love to get their skin inked, however, some cannot bear having one because the pain is unbearable for them. Others on the other hand, see tattoos as a form of rebellion. But did you know that the practice of tattooing is as old as civilization itself? A tattoo was a form of a body art that was linked to sailors, working men, and criminals, centuries ago. In the 20th century, it became one of the latest trends in fashion. Different classes of people, even some celebrities display their tattoos in public. Why do people
The History of the Nobel Prize
Tue, 29 May 2018 20:15:10 +0000
The Nobel Prize is one of the most prestigious awards in the world. It is awarded annually for outstanding works in Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Literature, Economics, and the promotion of peace. These prizes were established by the will of Alfred Nobel, and are traditionally awarded on December 10 every year since 1901. To know more about these Nobel Prizes, let’s take a look back on its interesting history and discover how it began. The Founder The Nobel Prize was founded by a Swedish industrialist named Alfred Nobel. He was born in Stockholm in 1833 and spent his childhood in St.
Gift Ideas for Science Geeks and Nerds
Wed, 02 May 2018 16:08:36 +0000
Some of us have a friend who is obsessed with space, crazy about chemistry, can’t get enough of dinosaurs, or in short, a Science geek. Science geeks and nerds are fun to be with because you’ll be able to learn a lot from them. However, they are also one of those people who are kind of difficult to find gifts for. There sure are lots of Science toys out there but since they are Science geeks and nerds, they probably have those in their collection by this time. But you don’t have to worry if you haven’t found the perfect
20 Science Project Ideas for Young Kids
Mon, 19 Feb 2018 20:34:26 +0000
Aside from reading books to learn about different things, doing hands-on activities is another effective way of teaching young children especially about Science. It is also a good bonding activity for you and your kids during the weekends compared to just watching movies and playing video games. If you want your young kids to learn more about Science, here are some wonderful science project ideas you can try with them. Blow Up Balloons with CO2 With this activity, you’ll be able to teach your kids about chemical reactions. This experiment will make use of the carbon dioxide given off by
What is a Cobot?
Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:25:48 +0000
The term “cobot,” also known as “co-robot,” is derived from the phrase “collaborative robot,” which is used to refer to robots intended to interact with humans physically and also share the same workspace. These new types of robotshave a specific purpose: they work in collaboration with humans, boosting their productivity by relieving them of the most unpleasant, difficult and repetitive jobs. While robots are increasingly seen as a potential cause of mass unemployment, thecobotmay offer something totally different because it is a machine that works hand in hand with a human. For example, BMW has installed cobots that work alongside
What is the “Singularity” Concept in Artificial Intelligence?
Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:27:12 +0000
The Singularity in artificial intelligence (AI) is the inflection point where machines advance beyond human intelligence and thus become self sufficient.  Jon von Neumann first defined the term in the 1950s and it has been further advanced by well-known futurist and technologist Ray Kurzweil. The idea is that the global effort to build AI is likely to result in the Singularity at some point with Kurzweil in fact predicting it will happen by 2045.  This will be a critical transition point where humans will no longer control the evolution of AI and robotics.  The machines will self develop, learn to
How Do Self Driving Cars Work?
Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:15:49 +0000
We are moving quickly to the era of smart cars or self-driving cars. It won’t be long before we start seeing and buyingself-driving.  In fact, many new cars being sold today have advanced features like lane assist, collision detection, heads up displays and more.  Self-driving cars are being tested in all corners of the globe, on all types of roads and at different scenarios for both commercial and public use. What’s powering this revolution?  One thing – Artificial intelligence (AI). Self-driving cars will be guided by a series of cameras, sensors, GPS and radar that will generate huge amounts of
Concerns Over the Growing Use of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Sat, 07 Oct 2017 14:58:33 +0000
Modern technology has impacted almost every aspect of our civilized world.  It’s hard to imagine life without a computer, a car or a Television. We’ve witnessed how for example computersevolved from large rooms holding big equipment with limited capabilities to extremely powerful devices like smart phones we carry with us everywhere. Now we have the prospect of the significant real world emergence of robotics and artificial intelligence.  According to Wikipedia robotics is defined as: Robotics is an interdisciplinary branch of engineering and science that includes mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, and others. Robotics deal with design construction, use of
The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
Wed, 27 Sep 2017 15:47:13 +0000
In Medical applications, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science that can analyze complex medical data. AI has been uѕеd in many diffеrеnt fiеldѕ including finance, rоbоtiсѕ and thе аir traffic control. But оnе оf thе mоѕt exciting uses of AI is in mеdiсinе. It is a potentially attractive concept for doctors.  The idea of having a smart assistant to analyze symptoms and data needed to make an accurate diagnosis. Considering the huge amount of textbooks and research papers available and the continuing emergence of new research, expecting a doctor to master all aspects of current medical care
What are AI Driven Bots?
Thu, 14 Sep 2017 15:00:17 +0000
A bot is a computer program developed to mimic human behavior. If the purpose of these applications is to offer a service through a conversation with the user, they are called conversational bots or chatbots, an increasingly popular term in social networks and, especially, in instant messaging apps. The challenge is to provide these programs with a sophisticated artificial intelligence that allows them to learn from the behavior of their interlocutor. In such a way as to facilitate an online service (for example, ordering food at home, buying any product, solving doubts, weather updates or booking an appointment in an
Amazing Inventions Inspired by Animals and Plants
Fri, 28 Jul 2017 14:18:29 +0000
Humans have invented a lot of amazing things, but many of them are not original or unique. We have been lifting ideas from Mother Nature for a long time. Through the science of copying nature, or biomimicry, scientists were able to develop unique innovations and technologies. Biomimicry is now a billion-dollar industry.
Everyday Items That You Didn’t Know Were Invented by NASA
Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:07:38 +0000
Whenever you think of NASA, images of spaceships, astronauts in spacesuits and satellites may be the first things that come to mind, but there were actually plenty of other items developed, created or inspired by NASA that we currently use here every day on Earth. NASA has been responsible for more than 2,000 technologies, which have become commercial and everyday products.  NASA also inspired generations of space lovers and enthusiasts as well which the impact is immeasurable!  You can thank NASA for these items:
The Twelve Men Who Walked on the Moon
Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:41:44 +0000
In 1969, the moon’s surface met the first human footprints. It’s already a long time ago since after it happened, but if you think about it, only 12 humans have ever landed on the moon until now. Yes, they’re 12, if you are not aware of that. If we are to ask you the names of the astronauts who walked on the moon, most people would say Neil Armstrong and maybe even mention Buzz Aldrin. Get to know them more, as well as the ten more astronauts who have ever walked on a celestial body other than earth. Apollo 11
Ancient Practices Proven by Science
Mon, 10 Jul 2017 15:59:12 +0000
Ancient practices such as rituals, Chinese medicine, holistic medicine, spiritual and religious practices are often undermined as ineffective, not necessary or plain superstition or fantasy. Scientists say that things that cannot be seen, touched or measured has any practical value. However, science has started to rediscover the value and wisdom of ancient practices after launching research trials on these strange areas of knowledge. These are some examples: 1. Meditation Meditation is a common practice in Buddhism. It is a conscious effort to change how the mind operates to transform themselves and to see the true nature of things. Non-Buddhists are
Interesting Facts about the Space Shuttles You Didn’t Know
Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:40:32 +0000
Space crafts are perhaps the coolest and the most awe-inspiring inventions mankind has ever made, because of the mere fact that they send humans away from the Earth and into the outer space. Traveling to space is simply a superhuman feat that our ancestors thought was next to impossible. They wondered what was beyond the Earth’s atmosphere. But now, these space shuttles help humans to explore and discover the outer space and how our planet Earth is affected by its changes. For many decades, NASA’s fleet of orbiters in its Space Shuttle program have been used primarily to launch space
Interesting Facts About the Apollo Missions You Didn’t Know
Thu, 15 Jun 2017 15:25:10 +0000
From 1963 to 1972, NASA launched the Apollo space program where it sent humans to land on the Moon and return safely to Earth. The Apollo missions, also known as “Project Apollo,” accomplished one of the greatest and grandest feats in the history of mankind. First conceived during the Eisenhower administration, the mission was then continued by Kennedy administration as the country’s goal “before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to Earth.” After that, NASA took Kennedy’s challenge and made that as its main mission. With the successful and historic landing
Strangest Allergies in the World
Fri, 09 Jun 2017 15:27:38 +0000
What triggers a person’s allergy? A lot may answer the common causes like pollen, dust mites, milk, eggs, peanuts, chocolate, seafood, or gluten-rich foods like wheat bread. Others may react sensitively to a certain type of medication, perfume, soap, a specific fabric or jewelry. It sounds astonishing that people may suffer violent allergic reactions to the things that are seemingly harmless such as the ones mentioned above. But here’s the more mind-boggling (and poignant) fact about allergies: a handful of people are allergic towards something as essential as water or nearly every kind of food. Even weirder are the allergic
A Short History of Drones and Their Rise to Popularity
Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:48:32 +0000
The popularity of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), is on the rise today. A report by the Federal Aviation Administration states that sales of recreational drones are expected to grow from 2.5 million in 2016 to 7 million in 2020. Many people consider drones today as a recreational toy or a flying camera, but it actually started as a tool for military use. The Austrians were one of the first recorded users of drones. In 1849, they sent 200 unmanned bomb-filled balloons against the city of Venice. The practice of aerial surveillance emerged later in the 1898 Spanish-American War
Weirdest Trees in the World
Fri, 09 Jun 2017 13:36:45 +0000
Almost all land creatures, including us humans, have largely benefited from trees. They provide us oxygen, shade and food. They absorb carbon, cleaning the air in the process. They also help in stabilizing the soil and in cutting down soil erosion. The trees and the forests provide a habitat for several species of animals as well as plants. For us humans, trees are of significant economic, industrial, environmental and even spiritual importance. But with over 100,000 existing species in the world, trees are so common that sometimes we take them for granted. However, there are a few trees that stand
Surprising Uses of the Common Elements
Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:26:46 +0000
As of November 2016, the periodic table has 118 confirmed elements from hydrogen to organesson (formerly ununoctium). Out of all of the elements, only some of them are useful for humans and only few names do ring a bell. These familiar elements might have been common because of their practical uses to man, but some of them have rather unusual applications most people don’t know. Here’s a list of the common elements with their surprising uses: 1. Zinc Let’s start this list with Z. Zinc is one of the most popular elements in the periodic table because we see it
The History and the Rise of Robots
Tue, 06 Jun 2017 15:23:40 +0000
When we hear the word “robot,” we might have imagined different images in our brains. Some of us might think of the popular sci-fi movies like Transformers and Star Wars. Some might remember Rosie the cooking and cleaning Robot of the cartoon series The Jetsons, while others picture out the Japanese robot Asimo or the Sojourner rover, the Martian explorer. While the science of robotics has only existed in the 20th century, the idea of robots has origins dating as far back as the ancient Greece, Babylonians and in early Chinese dynasties. Early beginnings The ancient Babylonians have developed the
Interesting Facts about the Human Skeleton
Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:22:00 +0000
The human skeleton is a complex and impressive structure made up of a living tissue. It serves as a support for the body and allows movement. It also protects organs and makes blood cells store minerals and fat. The skeletal system might seem less dynamic than most of our body’s organ system, but it has many remarkable attributes you probably don’t know. Skipping the basic facts you have likely learned from your science teacher, here are some interesting facts about and related to our bone system: 1. Babies have more bones than adults. Infants are born with 300 bones, but
Facts about the Milky Way
Thu, 18 May 2017 15:54:36 +0000
For so many centuries, scientists and philosophers were baffled with our home planet and galaxy. The Milky Way galaxy is our galactic home, encompasses the Earth, our solar system and billions of other planets and stars. Here are some of the fun facts about the Milky Way galaxy. 1. Name The name “milky way” was derived from way it looks. In Latin, our galaxy is called “via lactea” which literally meant a “milky way” or “milky road.” The word “galaxy” is derived from a Greek word for “milk.” In Greek mythology, the Milky Way was created when Hera spilled her
Things You Did Not Know Were Invented by Children
Wed, 10 May 2017 14:27:38 +0000
Who says that adults alone can come up with many of the world’s amazing inventions? Do not underestimate a child’s intelligence, sense of curiosity and boundless imagination, and some of the world’s most amazing and even practical inventions are products of these juvenile virtues. You’ll be quite shocked to discover that the inventions you’re going to read below were created by these whiz kids! They are proof that you’re never too young to have a bright idea (and put it into use). 1. Braille When he was only three years old, Louis Braille injured his eye by an accident. It
Modern Technologies That Are Actually Older Than You Thought
Wed, 10 May 2017 14:17:29 +0000
The technology we have today didn’t exist in its precise form decades or centuries ago, but many technologies we use and can’t live without had quite a long journey back in time. How many of us have thought that the early forms of computer started through the works of Blaise Pascal, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz or Joseph Marie Jacquard centuries ago? Or when the first programmer Ada Agusta Byron worked with Charles Babbage in the 19th century? Or maybe when Konrad Zuse invented the Z1 in the 1930s? Well, history (and archaeology) proved us wrong when the Antikythera mechanism, a small
Species of Snakes That Are Non-Venomous
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:59:00 +0000
One of the most feared creatures on earth are snakes. Even small snakes could scare people, thinking they would be bitten as the snake sees them. But usually, snakes do not approach humans with the purpose of just biting – they usually attack when they are disturbed, so it’s better to just leave them alone. And if you are thinking that you might die with a snake bite, here’s the truth: The chance of it happening is only 10%-25%, because that’s how few the venomous snake species are around the world. Here are some of the common species of snakes
Parts of the Body That We No Longer Need
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:51:52 +0000
Not every part of the human body has a role. Because of the evolution and our lifestyle changes throughout millions of years, some parts of our body that once served a specific function have now become virtually useless. There are even few that has no real purpose at all. These are called “vestigial organs.” 1. Coccyx or tailbone Our ancestors millions of years ago used to balance their gaits by using their tails. Obviously, as humans learned to walk with two legs, the tail became useless and is now fused to the end of the vertebral column, which is now
Amazing Phenomena on Earth
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:45:58 +0000
Our planet is full of bizarre and amazing things we never thought existed. While we get caught up in the issues of our everyday life, we tend to forget that there’s a beautiful world out there waiting to astonish us with its wonder. There are many incredible, and sometimes unexplainable natural phenomena on Earth you may not be aware of. 1. Aurora borealis Also known as northern lights, aurora borealis is a stunning, natural light display that comes in an array of colors. This has captured the interest of many people around the world, and some really plan their flight
Animals That Can Walk on Water
Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:39:50 +0000
Animals sometimes walk or crawl, swim or fly. And there are some with incredible abilities like walking on water. For humans, it’s some kind of a miracle, but for these animals, it’s a basic ability. 1. Basilisk lizard The basilisk lizard earned its moniker, the Jesus Christ lizard, because of its amazing ability to run on water. These reptiles are abundant in the tropical rain forests of Central America. They spend much of their time in trees near a body of water. When threatened by a predator, a basilisk lizard can jump from its treetop home and sprint for up