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Ask Science – Would a nuclear bomb be as destructive in outer space as in the atmosphere?

Ask Science – Would a nuclear bomb be as destructive in outer space as in the atmosphere?

Jun 18, 2012

Nope, the bulk of destruction from a Nuclear blast comes from the initial shockwave and the cavitation caused by the blast. In a vacuum the energy from the blast would dissipate rapidly as the inverse square law of radiation dictates. So after a kilometer, it would be half as strong. After 2 kilometers it would be 1/4 as strong, after 3 kilometers, it would be...

SpaceX – The First Privatized Orbital Space Agency – Enjoys Successful Mission

SpaceX – The First Privatized Orbital Space Agency – Enjoys Successful Mission

Jun 14, 2012

Florida, May 22, 2012. On May 31 2012, SpaceX successfully completed the historic mission that made Dragon the first commercial spacecraft in history to visit the International Space Station. Previously only four governments — the United States, Russia, Japan and the European Space Agency — had achieved this challenging technical feat. SpaceX has...

Ask Science! How long would it take a thermos of coffee to freeze in space?

Ask Science! How long would it take a thermos of coffee to freeze in space?

Jun 10, 2012

In order to answer that we need a formula that describes the surface area of an object, how much energy it has, and what it’s thermodynamic temperature, or ‘absolute’ temperature. In simpler terms… how big its surface is, and how cool it can get, in how much time. Since coffee is mostly water, we’ll just use plain water in our...

Oldest Red Blood Cells found in Crusty Ol’ Otzi

Oldest Red Blood Cells found in Crusty Ol’ Otzi

May 7, 2012

Scientists using an electron force microscope have found the oldest intact human blood cells in Otzi (the oldest murder victim found with evidence). At some 5,300 years old, the blood represents the oldest sample we’ve found to date, looks surprisingly fresh and could lead to advancements in the study of Egyptian Mummies and...

Super Moon – May 5th, 2012

Super Moon – May 5th, 2012

May 6, 2012

May 5th 2012, the ‘Super Moon’ brings out the strangeness in our intrepid hosts. The moon is currently in perigee. I totally bunged up the video when I shouted out Apogee. A Better explanation than we provided can be found here: www.cbc.ca Special thanks to: Eddy, Nathan and Rod

Quantum Mechanics – What’s wrong with a little new age magic?