The Earth is blanketed by a magnetic field. It’s what makes compasses point north, and protects our atmosphere from continual bombardment from space by charged particles such as protons. Without a magnetic field, our atmosphere would slowly be stripped away by harmful radiation, and life would almost certainly not exist as it does today.
Our entire universe holds a secret that many humans don't even realize or notice. Hidden from plain-view, "fractals" are never-ending complex patterns which are self-similar across varying scales. They are created by "fragmenting" or repeating a certain process over and over in a loop until a design is created. Some notable examples of fractals in nature can be seen in trees, seashells, mountains, hurricanes and even entire galaxies. Whether its generated through computer Mandelbrot Sets or by nature itself, the complexity of these systems can be vast and over-whelming to human perception.
A programme to teach young children the basics of philosophical thinking in UK schools has been shown to help them progress in maths and reading. A new study evaluated the use of the Philosophy for Children (P4C) programme in which primary school children are guided through discussions of questions such as “Should a healthy heart be donated to a person who has not looked after themselves?” or “Is it acceptable for people to wear their religious symbols at work places?”
The programme is intended to help children become more willing and able to question, reason, construct arguments and collaborate.
Augmented reality is a concept which is only now taking hold of our world. From Pokemon Go to Mario Dash, tech corporations are heading straight into the unknown and unfiltered world of augmented reality with little to hold them back. While these amazing tools can be applied to help people experience the world in a new way, the very same mechanism can be used to trap us within it. It's always interesting to see what creative spark can manifest in the internet, and to see this come alive with technology is as close as you can get magic - seeing is believing after all, isn't it?
Did you know that planets and stars actually give off music? Although space is a virtual vacuum, this does not mean there is no sound in space. Sounds still exists in the form of electromagnetic vibrations and can be detected using specially designed instruments developed by NASA.
There's no doubt children come equipped with wild imaginations, but what happens there's actual truth behind it all? That's exactly what happened when a young boy named Ryan began experiencing nightmares at the age of four.
It wasn't until he turned five that he decided to finally confront his parents about his past life which centered around being an actor and working on various movies in the 1930s.
Inspired by his dreams, self-taught photographer Adrien Broom sets up colorful art installations to capture amazing scenes. On display in 2015 at the Hudson River Museum, Broom uses the entire spectrum of the rainbow to create his own dream-like portrait for the eyes . The piece is meant to invoke the perception of a young girl and the simple joys of color.
Peter Kogler, an internationally renowned Austrian artist who lives and works in Vienna, has hypnotized the world with his latest psychedelic installations at the ING Art Center in Brussels.
Using paint and projections, he makes simple galleries, lobbies and transit centers look distorted, warped and twisted. Born in Innsbruck in 1959 and living in Vienna, Peter is one of the pioneers of the computer-generated art. He has been creating art for more than 30 years and still manages to surprise the viewers.
For those who haven't witnessed his abilities, most people consider Richard Turner to be the most talented card mechanic alive today. In this amazing video, he performs on the show "Fool Us" which Penn and Teller host to demonstrate exactly why many magicians still study his work even today.
Like sending sensors up into a hurricane, NASA has flown four spacecraft through an invisible maelstrom in space, called magnetic reconnection. Magnetic reconnection is one of the prime drivers of space radiation and so it is a key factor in the quest to learn more about our space environment and protect our spacecraft and astronauts as we explore farther and farther from Earth.
The following remarks on truth and democracy were presented at the opening of a brainstorming session entitled Does Truth Really Matter in Australian Politics? Political Accountability in an Era of Agitated Media. The lively, all-day gathering of journalists, academics, students and web activists was convened by Peter Fray and hosted by the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (IDHR) and the Department of Media and Communications at the University of Sydney, 9th April, 2013.
The Silver Swan is an automaton dating from the 18th Century and is housed in the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Teesdale, County Durham, England which was acquired by John Bowes, the museum's founder from a Parisian jeweler in 1872. The life size swan is a clockwork driven device that includes a music box and sits in a "stream" that is made of glass rods and is surrounded by silver leaves. Small silver fish can be seen "swimming" in the stream which adds a remarkable effect to the overall realness of time.
Receiving mainstream publicity and as one of the best known cases of alleged alien abduction, the Travis Walton story has generated quite a bit of controversy over-time. After spending years hiding from the public-view, another witness named Steve Pierce is finally coming forward with his perspective on the incident.