Category Archives: Astronomy & Cosmos

The 10 Coolest Science Stories of 2016

There was a lot of interesting stuff that happened this year, from discoveries to developments of fancy new technologies. This article is all about the science of the last 12 months – the news that was overshadowed by the politics. Therefore, this is a subjective list, because some stories are just better than others. But by staying away from the stories that dominated the news, I am sure you will learn something new as well as find out how the science world is changing. The 10 stories are not ranked, just aggregated for being fascinating.

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The Apocalypse 2012 is Real (…but not at all what you think)

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If a credible source told you the precise day you were going to die, it would presumably cause a great deal of anxiety. So maybe you decide to take actions to minimize the chance of this happening. You watch what you eat more carefully, you exercise intensively to stay fit – just in case you need to act swiftly – and you otherwise change your daily routine to stay prepared for any possible difficulties that might befall you on your predicted date of death. This existential preoccupation may alone be the difference between life and death. For example, maybe you were mentally distracted while crossing a street and got hit by a car, or you worked out so much to keep fit that your heart failed because it didn’t have enough time to rest. Or perhaps you couldn’t take the suspense and decide to end your own life. Regardless of the details, it’s this type of anxiety that makes doomsday prophecies come true for individuals.

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Armstrong News – A Death and the End of a Career

The first man to ever walk on the moon has just died yesterday. The all-American Neil Armstrong’s most famous words, on that famous Apollo 11 mission, will surely never be forgotten: “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong lived a long and happy life, until he died at the age of 82.

From the Guardian:

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Higgs Boson (The God Particle) Found

Earlier this week, the Higgs boson was discovered – or at least, we’re almost certain it was discovered. In the science community, this is being seen as one of the biggest breakthroughs in history, but it’s clear that laypeople are feeling out of the loop. The comments on many articles are unfortunately “the more I learn about this, the more confused I become about it.” So just what is the Higgs boson, why is its discovery important, and why should we care? The simple answers are below.

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