Enceladus, Saturn’s Mysterious Moon

February 22, 2014

Enceladus Saturn Moon

Discovered in 1789, beneath Enceladus’ icy exterior is a wealth of liquid water. While relatively meager in size (its diameter is only 310 miles long), Enceladus is one of two outer solar system bodies with confirmed liquid water, and is therefore one of the best places for scientists to search for extraterrestrial life.

The Mysterious Cat’s Eye Nebula

February 8, 2014
Cats Eye Nebula

Source: NASA

Nestled three thousand light years away in the cosmos is the Cat’s Eye Nebula, or NGC 6543. The nebula was first discovered by William Herschel in 1786, and given its strange structure and properties remains one of the most curious nebulae known to humankind.

13 Intriguing New Species Discovered In 2013

February 7, 2014

Even as humans continually encroach on environmentally sensitive habitats of various creatures, mankind keeps discovering new animal species. Actually, there are considerably more undiscovered species out there—scientists estimate about 8 million—compared to the 2 million that have been identified and cataloged.

Around 18,000 new species are discovered every year. In 2013, an expedition to Suriname by members of Global Wildlife Conservation and Conservation International, among other organizations, was particularly fruitful. The trip yielded 60 new species living in the mountainous southeastern region of the country in remote, unexplored rain forests.

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Seven Ways We’re Tricked By Time

February 4, 2014
Tricked By Time Time Flies

Source: Mr. Kate

Ever felt like time stands still while you’re waiting for something, or that as you get older, the years slip through your fingertips with much more ease? With swaths of tech around us and virtually everything being available on demand, it’s a very real possibility that our body clocks and perception of time have changed.

Time Doesn’t Fly

As the adage goes, “Time flies when we’re having fun”. In reality, though, we know fully well that it does not. Nevertheless, psychologist James J. Kellaris conducted his own experiment to find out whether there’s any truth to the aphorism. Kellaris had people listen to a piece of music they liked, and when he later asked them how much time they thought had passed, the listeners’ estimates were usually longer.

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Portland’s Breathtaking Japanese Gardens

January 31, 2014

Amid rainy evenings and vast expanses of trees in Portland, Oregon, lies a beautiful 5.5-acre space known as Portland’s Japanese gardens. Considered the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, these gardens attract thousands of visitors each year from all over the world. The park, which has existed for nearly 50 years, contains five different Japanese gardens: the Flat Garden, Strolling Pond Garden, the Natural Garden, the Tea Garden and the Sand and Stone Garden.

Colorful Japanese Gardens

Source: Deviant Art

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The Science Behind Hangovers–And Which Liquors To Avoid

January 20, 2014

The hangover: as frustrating as paying rent made worse because you can’t throw money at your landlord to make it go away. Discovery News’ Anthony Carboni delves into veisalgia (the hangover’s technical term), its causes, and why darker liquors tend to exacerbate them. Hint: it’s the congeners.