Topics and developments in science and medicine, presented by Futurism.
Building Resiliency Amidst Crumbling Sea Walls Through Green Infrastructure
Abstract: The 2017 Global Climate Risk Index, rated Mozambique as the country with the greatest climate risk in 2015. This is due to flooding, which left the Northern portion of the country without power for three months. Mozambique was rated 22nd for the whole period between 1992-2015. Northern Mozambique is expected to see more intense flooding as climate changes progresses. Here the focus is on the coastal city of Angoche, in the province of Nampula in Northern Mozambique. The city was originally part of an Arab sultanate. Angoche resisted conquest until 1910. Angoche has a distinct language, eKoti, and is relatively isolated from the provincial capital, 200 km to north because it lacks a tarred road. Most of the city’s infrastructure dates from the colonial era and much of it is crumbling. It is unlikely that the physical infrastructure will be repaired in a timely manner. The floods in 2015 destroyed 10 of the 12 bridges on the main roads between Angoche and the capital and by 2016 only one of the bridges had been repaired. The city must increase its resiliency if it is to survive. The city’s best hope may be to shore up its crumbling brick and mortar infrastructure with green infrastructure in the form on mangroves and conservation agriculture. These strategies will adapt to and mitigate climate change by reducing the severity of flooding, while simultaneously sinking carbon and increasing the city’s food security.
A Brief Explanation of Power in Your Home
Electricity is easy to take for granted. We all use many appliances throughout the day, such as lights, toasters, phone chargers, and computers. For such electrical devices, the only interface we have is a wall switch or an outlet. Most of the work goes on out of sight behind the walls. As a testament to how much we depend on electricity, unexpected power outages can be quite crippling. Electric stoves and microwaves cannot be used to cook meals. Food cannot be kept for long without refrigeration. Depending on your location, hot weather is miserable without air conditioning. If you've ever wondered how all this is possible, there are several devices used to bring power to your home.
The Pythagoreans or The Italians were a group of philosophers who belonged to an ancient sect that brought forward the Pythagorean tradition and doctrines, which in turn brought developments in the fields of science, religion and philosophy. Among the Pythagoreans, such as Hippasus, Petron, Ecphantus, Hicetas, Philolaus, Archytas; Pythagoras is the most familiar and well known, who was a mathematician, religious and cultural leader, a Guru and a philosopher.
Morality of CRISPR-Cas 9
Last week the committee of Nobel Prize in chemistry announced the 2020 winners of the most prestigious scientific award.
Horseshoe Crab Blood & COVID-19
A Horseshoe crab is a marine arthropod. Contrary to their name, they are not crabs at all. In fact, the Horseshoe crab is actually more closely related to spiders than they are crabs.
The Upcoming Space Missions Around The Lagrange Points
Any system of two massive, self-gravitating, and co-orbiting objects such as the Earth-Sun system or Earth-Moon system, produces five points of stability. Here the gravitational pull of both the objects balances each other and creates a small area that serves as a parking space for satellites and spacecraft missions. For some of those positions, even orbital corrections or control thrusters are not required. As well as there is low fuel consumption upon staying around those positions. These points are known as the Lagrange points or libration points or just L points.
An Awful Destiny of a Notable Scientist Ludwig Boltzmann
Here is a story of one of the victims of this world whose efforts radically changed several branches of physics. He is majorly known for his work in the development of statistical mechanics and the statistical description of the second law of thermodynamics. He was one of the most important advocates of atomic theory at the time when that scientific model was highly argumentative.
What Happens If You Fall Into Liquid Nitrogen?
Jumping into a pool of liquid nitrogen might sound like an awesome way to cool off when the, uh, mercury is rising, but it’s really a terrible idea that no one should ever attempt.
Important Physical and Chemical Properties of Potassium Chloride and Calcium Nitrate
Potassium chloride and calcium nitrate are both ionic compounds. Potassium chloride molecules are made up of one potassium cation and one chloride anion. The chemical formula of potassium chloride can, therefore, be denoted by KCl. Calcium nitrate molecules, on the other hand, are made up of one calcium cation and two nitrate anions.
The Piri Reis Map
Ancient maps have startling similarities to the way the coastlines are shaped for now. Antarctica may have been free of ice three million years ago, a fact gleaned from the Cenozoic unicellular algae in 1983. Earth-crust displacement moved Antarctica further south by two thousand miles, something discovered in 1953 by Professor Charles Hapgood, a teacher at Keene College in New Hampshire. Antarctica was free of ice until 4,000 B.C, a thousand years before Egypt and Sumerian civilization started to explore the sea. The PIri Reis map was drawn with accurate Antarctica contours, since Antarctica was discovered three hundred years after the map was drawn.
The Secret of the Supervolcanoes
The outbreak of a supervolcano regularly has devastating consequences. A typical eruption, like that of Mount St. Helens in 1980, hurls lava and ash into the atmosphere up to a cubic kilometer.
Fringe Science: Paul Babcock
Paul Babcock is recognized for his expertise in alternative energy systems and power generation systems for companies and for individuals, especially in remote locations. He has studied Nikola Tesla, Wilhelm Reich, Walter Russell, George Lakhovsky and many others. Over a lifetime, of study and creative thought, Paul Babcock has discovered specific threads which weave through the ideas, theories and spirit of these great inventors. He discusses these threads in his book, The Universal Medium.