Does the Full Moon Affect Humans?

Werewolf stories are among the most ancient myths about the full moon

It is an impressive sight when the moon is full and round in the night sky. Many people believe that the full moon affects human behavior and health. Today, esoteric lunar calendar guides fill entire shelves in bookstores. However, there is little truth to that. In this article we provide scientific explanation to some of… Continue reading Does the Full Moon Affect Humans?

What is The Theory of Relativity?

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) developed the theory of relativity

You have of course already heard of the theory of relativity, but did you understand it? We explain briefly and simply what Einstein’s theory is. Basically, it is about the structure of space, time and the nature of gravity. Whoever reads this is (almost) as smart as Einstein Albert Einstein. He still sticks his tongue… Continue reading What is The Theory of Relativity?

Canine Science: Curious Facts about Dogs

Purposely-Bred Dogs

Dogs have been man’s best friend for thousands of years. Here are some interesting science based facts about our four-legged friends that you may not have known. As a member of the genus ‘Canis’, dogs are evolutionary ancestors of the wolf and were domesticated by humans and later bred for various purposes. Historical evidence suggests… Continue reading Canine Science: Curious Facts about Dogs

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What is the Origin of Life on Earth? Main Theories.

Protocells are considered to be a stepping-stone toward the origin of life on earth

Since Darwin and his theory of evolution, we know that life has evolved over time and that in fact it has not always been like it is today. But how and when did life originate on Earth? Do all forms of life on earth have a common origin? Hydrothermal deep-sea vents The first microorganisms Photosynthesis… Continue reading What is the Origin of Life on Earth? Main Theories.

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What are Shooting Stars and where do they come from?

Shooting stars are small pieces of rock that enter Earth's atmosphere

On some nights you can observe a special astronomical event: it looks as if a star is falling from the sky. Superstitious people even think that anyone who sees such a shooting star could wish for something. But what is really behind this phenomenon? Where do shooting stars come from and what are they? Asteroids… Continue reading What are Shooting Stars and where do they come from?

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What is a Tsunami? Definition, Facts and Figures.

"The big wave off Kanagawa" - A famous color woodcut by the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

The word “tsunami” originated in Japan. It means “harbor wave”. The term originated from the impressions of fishermen who had returned to their home port and found it devastated. The destruction hit them completely unprepared because they hadn’t noticed any waves at sea. The word “tsunami” was therefore used to describe the destructive effects of… Continue reading What is a Tsunami? Definition, Facts and Figures.

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What is the Butterfly Effect? Chaos Theory.

Does the Flap of a Butterfly’s Wings in Brazil Set off a Tornado in Texas?

A butterfly wing flap in Brazil, influences the atmosphere and thus can contribute to a tornado in Texas: This phenomenon is known as the butterfly effect. The term comes from Edward Lorenz, the pioneer of chaos theory. A small mistake by Lorenz has a big impact Small changes can make a big difference The butterfly… Continue reading What is the Butterfly Effect? Chaos Theory.

What is the Solar System?

Eight planets orbit the sun in our solar system

The earth is not alone in space: people have long been observing the sun, moon and stars in the sky. They discovered early on that some stars are moving. These wandering stars were observed and their paths followed. But for a long time their movements were not understood – until about five hundred years ago… Continue reading What is the Solar System?

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How Was the Sun Formed?

The Sun accounts for 99.86% of the mass in the solar system

The sun is the center of our solar system, and it is a huge nuclear reactor: inside, the fusion of hydrogen and helium generates energy at temperatures of around 15 million degrees. Temperatures of around 5700 degrees Celsius still prevail on its surface. From this surface, the photosphere, light and heat are radiated into space.… Continue reading How Was the Sun Formed?

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How does a solar eclipse occur?

Solar eclipses: rarely total, mostly partial

When the sun darkens in the middle of the day it feels like the end of the world has arrived. During solar eclipses, the moon moves between the earth and the sun and partially or totally obscures it. It is probably the most dramatic spectacle that the sky has to offer us: the sunlight becomes… Continue reading How does a solar eclipse occur?

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