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Black Spidery things on Mars

Radiolab Blogland recently posted the piece below titled “Krulwich Wonders: Are Those Spidery Black Things on Mars Dangerous? (Maybe).” Read on! “You are 200 miles directly above the Martian surface—looking down. This image was taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on Jan. 27, 2010. (The color was added later.) What do we see? Well, sand, mostly [...]

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Thanksgiving Cider

Thanksgiving is here! Enjoy the warmth of family, friends, and apple cider. A Powers of Ten recipe is below: 8 – 10 apples According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, as of 2010, worldwide apple production reached over 69 million metric tons (10+07), or 10+10 kilograms.  Out of the top 15 (10+01) [...]

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Ancient Starlight

According to the New York Times, “Ancient starlight, emitted by the first stars in the universe, has been detected using the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. Marco Ajello, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues report the finding in the current issue of the journal Science. Dr. Ajello conducted the research while [...]

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Surviving on Volcanic Gas

Discovery News reports that “Wisps of volcanic gas, rather than photosynthesis, may energize rare microbes eking out an existence on the Martian-like flanks of the tallest volcanoes in South America’s Atacama Desert. This newly discovered handful of bacteria, fungi and rudimentary organisms called archaea [roughly 80 micrometers, or 10-5 meters in diameter and 200-600 micrometers, [...]

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10-to-plus13

We can consider the power 10+13 from multiple perspectives.  A few of many examples are listed below: Surface area of Antarctica, Russia, Africa and the moon (14, 17, 30 and 38 megameters2 respectively) Total wealth (as of 2010) of the 10.9 million people in the world with $1 million or more of investable assets Diameter [...]

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10-to-minus04

We can consider the power 10-04 from various perspectives.  This power is: The width of a single human hair (100 micrometers or 10-04 meters) The energy of a cricket’s chirp (9 x 10-04 Joules) The amount of caffeine in your average cup of coffee (1.5 x 10-04 kg) The speed of Jakobshavn Isbræ, one of [...]

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