With the Summer Olympics right around the corner, we will once again experience the kind of stories and emotions competitive sports are able to deliver. The underdog winning against all odds, the has-been with a last shot at redemption, the millisecond photo-finish, the ecstatic joy of a gold medal winner and the crushing disappointment of those losing out after years of hard training. As well as probably a couple of new world records and maybe even some ‘firsts’ in a few of the given disciplines. The heroine of Anderson Wright’s short documentary NZINGHA also has the chance to make history – should Nzingha Prescod medal individually in women’s foil fencing at the Rio Olympics, she will be the first African-American woman to do so in the history of the sport.
Studio Ghibli’s films are legendary for multiple reasons, one of course being the gorgeous animation, much of it hand drawn. Even in the 21st century, when most studios were using CGI to create feature-length films, Hayao Miyazaki, for example. went back to traditional styles for his 2008 film Ponyo.
The federal government may soon lift its ban on funding research that uses so-called human-animal chimeras. But what medical benefits could such research bring?
Playing with bubbles never gets old, but did you know that you can fiddle around with another kind of bubble? Just to shake things up.
A new video from Physics Girl details this exciting phenomenon, known as an antibubble. Instead of normal bubbles, which float in the air, these form when submerged in a liquid. As the name suggests, the science is similar to that of a bubble, but… anti.
Bubbles are made up of a thin film of liquid enclosing a gas. Antibubbles, on the other hand, are a thin film of gas enclosing a liquid. This isn’t quite the same as an air bubble, which is just a bubble floating in liquid. Instead, an antibubble forms when a droplet of liquid pulls some gas down along with it when it enters through the surface of another liquid. Air bubbles tend to rise to the top. Antibubbles tend to float submerged and slowly rise.
Antibubbles are about as common as regular bubbles—they tend to form near soap—but they tend to pop more easily because, as the video describes, they are truly the opposite of normal bubbles. They’re also more difficult to form. Luckily, the video also goes into some ways to experiment with them. Here’sanother description of an antibubble experiment, which uses similar methods as the one shown here.
source: gizmodo.com by Carli Velocci
Elephants are majestic, amazing creatures, but they could be in trouble, along with other species of large mammals. If they disappear, we’d be robbed of the chance to see these giant animals roaming the Earth in their awe-inspiring glory.
The internet just marked another major milestone. The first website, Tim Berners-Lee’s description of the World Wide Web project, went public 25 years ago on August 6th, 1991. The launch was unceremonious — Berners-Lee announced the project on a Usenet group, and it wasn’t until after August 23rd that new users visited the site. However, the launch effectively marked the start of the web as a widely available tool.