As a young man, Newton was apparently best described as eccentric and relentlessly curious. The book recounts some of his many experiments, most of which are pretty cool and a couple of which are a little alarming. The young Isaac Newton’s “d…
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From Scientific American:
Does a full moon really trigger strange behavior?
Across the centuries, many a person has uttered the phrase “There must be a full moon out there” in an attempt to explain weird happenings at night. Indeed, the Roman goddess of the moon bore a name that remains familiar to us today: Luna, prefix of the word “lunatic.” Greek philosopher Aristotle and Roman historian Pliny the Elder suggested that the brain was the “moistest” organ in the body and thereby most susceptible to the pernicious influences of the moon, which triggers the tides. Belief in the “lunar lunacy effect,” or “Transylvania effect,” as it is sometimes called, persisted in Europe through the Middle Ages, when humans were widely reputed to transmogrify into werewolves or vampires during a full moon.
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From The Telegraph:
There could be one hundred billion trillion Earth-like planets in space, making it “inevitable” that extraterrestrial life exists, according to a leading astronomer.
Life on Earth used to be thought of as a freak accident that only happened once.
But scientists are now coming to the conclusion that the universe is teeming with living organisms.
The change in thinking has come about because of the new belief there are an abundant number of habitable planets like Earth.
Alan Boss, of the Carnegie Institution in Washington DC, said there could be as many Earths as there are stars in the universe – one hundred billion trillion.
Because of this, he believes it is “inevitable” that life must have flourished elsewhere over the billions of years the universe has existed.
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