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Largest Earthquake Ever Recorded

The largest earthquake ever recorded took place in Valdivia, Chile on the evening of May 22, 1960.  The U.S. Geological Survey explains that it reached a magnitude of 9.5 on the Richter scale (the energy equivalent of 10+18 joules) and spanned roughly 1,000 kilometers of land (10+04) from Lebu to Puerto Aisen. The earthquake left [...]

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The Shortest Time Interval Ever Measured

According to The Times of India, in 2010 a group of German physicists claimed “to have measured the shortest-ever time interval by discovering the tiniest duration an electron takes to leave the atom.” The scientists found that “when light is absorbed by atoms, the electrons become excited and get ejected from the atom if the [...]

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The Three Gorges Dam

China’s Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River is the world’s largest hydroelectric project.  Built from 30 million cubic meters of concrete (10+07), it stands 606 feet tall (10+02) and spans 1.5 miles across. While the Dam’s construction employed 60,000 workers (10+04), it also displaced 1.3 million people (10+06), leveled 1,350 towns (10+03) and destroyed [...]

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Powers of Ten Cookies = Love

Recipe for Giada de Laurentiis’ Double Chocolate Chip Cookies: 6 ounces semisweet chocolate, such as Ghiradelli, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces 2 x 10+12 pounds of chocolate is produced worldwide each year. 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature According to nutritiondata.com, one tablespoon of butter has 420 kilojules of energy—all from fat.  420 kilojoules is [...]

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India’s Push for Solar Power

India has ambitious plans to reduce its dependency on coal-fired power plants by integrating solar power into its energy portfolio.  Azure Power is providing clean, solar-generated electricity to a state-government electric utility.  The city of Khadoda, for example, has blanketed 63-acres of land with 36,000 (10+04) solar panels, each of which must be dusted by [...]

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Sun Joules

15,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 joules (or 1.5×1022 joules) represents the total energy released by the Sun striking the face of the Earth each day.

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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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74 (calories)

Counting calories!  74 calories equals 1 large egg or 1 medium apple or 1 pink Florida grapefruit or 12 strawberries or 6 breadsticks or 1 cup of blackberries or 2 medium figs.  74 calories also equals 309.616 joules. Both calories and joules are units of energy. “Human beings need energy to survive — to breathe, [...]

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7

7 billion people on Earth in 2011! In the National Geographic magazine, the cover article is about how the global population is projected to reach 7 billion by 2011 then 8 billion by 2024 then 9 billion by 2045.  This rapid growth of global population has prompted many complicated concerns which are being discussed around [...]

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