A really cool picture from 2009 resurfaced on Reddit today.
Image credit: NASA/ISS/Expedition 20 Crew, Scientific American
Pictures such as this one remind me of two things:
1. The world – nay, the entire universe – doesn’t care a wit for our species. It doesn’t owe us happiness or security or meaning. It just is, and we owe it respect in that regard.
2. In its infinite hostility, the world provides us daily with beauty that surpasses our imaginations. Science sheds light on that beauty. Knowledge isn’t just power; knowledge is elegance.
Instead of explaining what I learned today myself, I’m going to let Charlie McDonnell – creator of the Fun Science series on his YouTube channel, charlieissocoollike – do the talking.
This video alone taught me more about Saturn than I ever learned in high school. Plus, Charlie’s got a ton of other engaging videos about science.
P.S. The content of the above video was approved by Phil Plait (the Bad Astronomer), so I highly trust its accuracy.
Image credit: Phil Plait
It seems that some Americans – at least a majority of those living in New York – have finally come to terms with reality. In an article published yesterday in the New York Times, a poll found that the majority of New Yorkers (69 percent) attribute Hurricane Sandy to global warming.
Unfortunately, a sample taken from New York City is not representative of the whole country. In a 2012 Gallup Poll, only 52 percent of Americans said they believed that the effects of global warming were already taking place, and 53 percent believed that global warming is the result of human activity.
These opinions stand in the face of the truth – the truth that the globe is warming, and that we are responsible. James Lawrence Powell, author of The Inquisition of Climate Science, recently found that of 13,950 peer-reviewed articles about climate change, only 24 reject global warming. This isn’t some conspiracy theory, nor is it a case of everyone but a select minority being blind to the truth – it’s scientific fact, and it’s time we faced those facts.