The Most Interesting Things About Temperature

December 23rd, 2013

The earth is liveable because it provides the right kind of temperature that permits water-based life to develop and form in the world. The earth’s atmosphere also gives the world the right amount of temperature and defence against the sun’s heat and the universe’s cold. However, temperature is more than just the numbers on the thermometer.

1. It Is Still Infinite So Far
Scientists record that 7.2 trillion degrees Fahrenheit or four billion degrees Celsius is the hottest man-made temperature in the world today. This means its 250,000 times hotter than the core of the Sun. This kind of heat was produced in the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.

2. Light Magic
The Bose-Einstein Condensate is a phenomenon that changes the character of light using a temperature to a degree above absolute zero. Super cold temperatures could actually turn light into its gas form.

3. Infinity in Cold
So far, the coldest recorded man-made temperature had reached 0.0000000001 Kelvins using a magnetic cooling mechanism or small-scale lasers. Cold temperatures had been instrumental in experiments concerning quarks and quantum mechanics.

4. The Universe is Getting Colder
As part of universal entropy, which had begun ever since the big bang had happened and formed the universe, our space of reality is getting colder. Today, scientists record that the temperature is lower than -454 Fahrenheit. The universe is getting colder by one degree every three billion years.

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Some Creepy Wikipedia Articles That Could Give You Chills

October 17th, 2012

Wikipedia is a rich source of information for the common netizen and primarily where most people get first-hand information for Internet “flaming” and preview studies. However, Wikipedia plays host not only to the knowledgeable, but also for people trying to find entertainment or curiosities from the simple whims to the actually gratuitous ones. Here are a few creepy articles you can find about in Wikipedia.

1. Roanoke Colony

As mysterious as the Bermuda Triangle incidents, the Roanoke colony, an English-led expedition in the name of gaining resources and spreading religion and belief throughout the world, is one of the early mysteries in the world today. It starts with the story of colonists settling in modern day United States and establishing a seemingly-untouchable fortress, which, suddenly disappeared without any trace. It was claimed not to be destroyed as remnants would have remained, but it suddenly vanished without a trace.

2. Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic

In the Tanganyika village of South Africa, a laughter epidemic spread all around the village, which began with students finding it difficult to control their laughter. Soon, the laughter epidemic spread throughout the entire village. It is often called mass hysteria by sociologist. The incidents spread across other villages, with people unable to control bursts of laughter at certain points. It took at least half a year to finally end the mass hysteric epidemic.

3. Unit 731

Unit 731 is probably the most controversial war atrocity committed by the Japanese against the Chinese during World War II. The Japanese Unit used a formerly medical institution in the country to perform experiments on biological and chemical warfare researchers using prisoners of war and Kempei Tai-declared “enemies of the state”. Some experiments including live dissection, chemical experiments on humans and other torturous pursuits to science.

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A Few Weird Things About the Universe

August 27th, 2012

This world, even this universe, while governed by universal laws, which are virtually uncontrollable, is a big paradox. While everything might seem normal, actually, many weird stuff is happening not just in our daily lives, but outside the Earth itself. Scientists continue to show us the the universe is still evolving, ever changing, and becoming harder to believe every day in this list.

1. Negative Energy

In our daily lives, we know that the freezing point of most objects is around 0 degrees Celsius. The standards of science declares that precisely -273.15 degrees Celsius is when most particles of elements stop completely. But even if it is the last point of freezing, you can’t actually make something cold with this one. This point, or this energy, doesn’t apply to physical particles of atoms, but to vacuums. Vacuum energy does exist. Along with negative energy, these might be the ways we can get to light speed travel.

2. Frame Dragging

Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity states that a large mass that moves can pull the weight of others beside it. Stephen Hawking, whose works are based and built up on Einstein’s past works, stated that time travel can be possible through frame dragging. The frame dragging effect was demonstrated by the Gravity Probe B experiment that measured the space-time distortion near the Earth. The bottom line: the probe moved from its orbit 2 meters per year caused by the space-time distortions caused by Earth.

3. Geons

Einstein’s E=MC2 equation states that energy and matter have a solid connection. It states that energy and mass create a gravitational field. However, geons, an energy wave that creates a gravitational field, first investigated by John Wheeler in 1955, may actually exist. By concentrating intense light at a particular point, the gravity caused by the light might collapse into a black hole if strong enough. However, it is still not proven, yet they are believed to form temporarily.

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