Earth from low orbit. Sunrise over the clouds. Sunset over the clouds. 3d rendering.

Low Earth Orbit: Troposphere and Stratosphere

July 9, 2020

The atmosphere has numerous layers, two of the most important of which are the troposphere and stratosphere. The significance of these layers in human life lies in things that happen there: weather and its components, planes and their passengers, and about 80% of the atmosphere’s mass. […]

Close up of a spinning globe on black

The Coriolis Effect, Earth’s Spin, and Its Consequences

July 5, 2020

The Coriolis effect is caused by Earth’s rotation around its axis. The effect is the strongest at poles and reaches almost zero at the equator, leaving the equator areas with no storms and hurricanes. The effect can be seen in large-scale movements, not throwing paper airplanes or buckets of water. […]

A cutaway diagram of the Earth showing the different layers of the mantle and core.
Earth Science

Plate Tectonics Play a Crucial Role in Sustaining Life on Earth

July 4, 2020

The tectonic plates drift around—moving continents, causing earthquakes and volcanoes and determining the composition of the air we breathe. Plate tectonics play a major role in making our planet so vibrant and abundant, as well as sustaining life on Earth. […]

Artist interpretation of K2-18b, super-Earth exoplanet

Large Earthlike Planet Could Have Life-Sustaining Qualities

March 5, 2020

A planet 124 light years away may have habitable environmental conditions, “USA Today” reported. The planet in question, which is several times the size of Earth, was first discovered in 2015. Multiple factors must align to support our species. […]

Omaha Beach was the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944, during World War II.

Lost Nazi Bunkers Unearthed Near Omaha Beach in Normandy

February 14, 2020

A pair of secret Nazi bunkers used on D-Day have been uncovered, Fox News reported. New light detection and ranching technology helped researchers find the bunkers, which were built underground. They are reminders of the struggle of U.S.troops to capture Omaha Beach. […]

Aerial view of Area 51

Popular “Storm Area 51” Joke Inspires Review of the Science of Aliens

August 18, 2019

A joke about raiding Area 51 this year has two million citizens pledging to visit the military site, “Time” reported. Area 51 has long been rumored to house government and military secrets about aliens, UFOs, and other wonders of outer space. If they follow through in late summer, what could they see—besides jail time? […]

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