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  • Ever Wonder What Would Happen if the World Stopped Spinning?

    Science is fun, right? So when your child or nephew or stoned roommate asks you things like “what do you think would happen if the world stopped spinning?” you can now answer that. If the world would stop it’s rotation on a dime, it would be catastrophic to say the least. Youtube channel, VSauce teach us what exactly would happen if the world stopped spinning on a dime. Everything that isn’t part of a large landmass would spin into a 1,000 MPH spiral around the earth causing complete chaos.

  • A Timeline of Earth in the Distant Future (Infographic)

    Long after we’re all wormfood the Earth will keep on keepin’ on. Humanity will endure some struggles, but in reality our expectancy is limited, when I say limited, I mean tens of thousands of years limited. The earth will undergo some serious changes as will the Sun, changing climates, life and geography. This infographic, created by BBC Far Future will shed some light on the future of the world as we know it.

  • 10 Fascinating Things About Science and History Mankind Learned In 2013

    There comes a time when the sciences and history merge to form this amalgamated field of sheer discovery. Well, there were several times during the course of 2013–now in its twilight days—that the historical and scientific fusion of pure epicness re-wrote humankinds understanding of Earth, and its planetary peers that occupy the heavens. Standing at the edge of 2013, RSVLTS is counting down several interesting tidbits of information that were unearthed during the current 365 day span of time—making humankind just slightly more learned as 2014 comes roaring into the present.

  • The Overview Effect: An Out-of-Planet Experience

    The words “awe” and “awesome” tend to suffer from overuse, and people use them to refer to a television show, a pair of designer shoes or even a celebrity crush. Anyone who watches the 19-minute film “Overview,” from the terribly clever people at the Planetary Collective, will surely be reminded of the original definitions of those two words. The Planetary Collective released the film on the 40th anniversary of the iconic photograph of Earth taken from space referred to as the “Blue Marble.” Its intention was to explain the Overview Effect, a term first used in 1987 by space theorist and author Frank White to explain the life-changing and perspective-altering experiences that astronauts have upon seeing the Earth from space. The collective interviewed White, five astronauts who have experienced the Overview Effect and two philosophers. The astronauts describe looking down at the Earth and marveling at the colors and motion produced from shooting stars, dancing curtains of auroras, thunderstorms and lights from major cities, all of which render the blue marble “hanging there” on this star-covered black canvas alive and, well, awesome. Being outside of the planet and looking down on it is not only an overwhelming experience that reminds more »

  • What’s The Most Dangerous Place on Earth?

    The Earth is dangerous. But where is the most dangerous place on Earth? Ignoring freak occurrences where is the most persistently parlous place on the surface of our planet? Popular nerd Michael of Vsauce uses his obscure knowledge to answer this question.

  • Natural Phenomena: Possibly The Timelapse Video of the Year

    Humans are part of the natural order. We’re risen apes that acquired language and learned to use tools. Skyscrapers and spacecraft may seem unnatural, but they’re just as much a part of the natural order as beaver dams and bird nests. Boring electrical lines hint at the energy solution of a mammalian species. Open your eyes to the world you’ve grown accustomed to, and rejoice in the fact that you can participate in the human project.

  • You Want To Go Here

    It’s a big beautiful world out there. When you’re not wasting your money on booze, apps and netflix, try saving up for a trip of a lifetime to any one of these marvels of earth. Yeah, the Grand Canyon is a nice sight, and yes, the new Hogwarts wing of that amusement park is pretty cool, but it’s time to get out there and see the world the way it meant to be seen… before Al Gore takes it away from us. Some of these places might even be in your own backyard.

 
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