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Monday, March 31, 2014
Will Our Sun Die One Day Like Stars In The Universe?
What would Earth be like without the sun? Obviously, it would be dark and without heat from the sun, it would be extremely cold, but would it be able to still sustain life? Life under water would probably not exist because all life form on Earth gets their energy from the sun. Earth would most likely become an icy rock, very much like other barren planets in outer space.
Our sun is actually no different from a star in the sky. It is in itself a star, a middle-aged one at that. It is about 5 billion years old. So, it is aging just like any other star in the universe. It will also meet its demise, just like other stars that have met theirs. How does all of this relate to us? Well, if our sun is a star and all stars die after a couple billion years, then logic would state that our star will die someday too.
What will happen to us when our star dies? Many good books speak about the end of time. Many of us may perceive the end of time to be religious in nature, but in regards to our sun-star discussion, this has nothing to do with religion and a lot to do with astronomical science and things we see every day, such as stars exploding and dying across our skies. Therefore, it doesn't matter if we believe in a supreme creator or not. Our days are numbered on Earth. Anyone with common sense can see that.
As stars age they begin to run out of hydrogen fuel found at their cores, (Sciencedaily). The dying stages of stars are very much the same as a car running out of gas. The engine of a car running out of gas would begin to splutter or hesitates (stop and go over and over until it comes to a halt). Dying stars also do likewise, but in a slightly different way. Its way of stopping and going is showing bright light then dim light over and over again until it can no longer emit any more light. A perfect example in terms of light and energy is that of the light bulb. A dying light bulb is one that has finally used up all its filaments. The filament in a light bulb is the source of the light bulb's energy. When a light bulb begins to run out of fuel, it also begins to go dim and dimmer.
The life of stars shed light on the faith of our own sun-like star which will be no more, 5 billion years from now, or will it? The end is inevitable, but we can still enjoy ourselves and treat others the way we want to be treated. We can make the best of what we have on Earth and what Earth has to offer at this present time. It is the same as eating healthy so we can get the most out of life, even though we all know that the end is inevitable.
There is no need to worry about things we cannot control and things we fully don't understand. It makes sense logically that our sun-like star will burn out some day, but who knows for sure that this will happened. No one knows for sure, not even the astronomical scientists. All they can do is speculate and use science to explain things.
Science cannot explain everything, (Livescience). There are many phenomena that occur all the time that science cannot explain. One prominent phenomenon is the placebo effect in which hospital patients suffering from certain ailments are given water pills. After receiving the water pills, these patients become cured of their ailments. Not even the most advanced medical science can explain such phenomenon; many say it is a sort of body and mind connection in which the mind heals the body. Whatever the case maybe, no one including scientists is absolutely sure of how the placebo effect works. This goes to show that in regards to the life of our sun, no one can be absolutely sure that it will burn out 5 billion years from now or if ever.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Journalist Justin Catanoso accompanied tropical biologist Miles Silman and his team on a hike through Manu National Park to experience the wonders of Peru's tropical forests. A breathtaking 13,000 feet above sea level, they started their hike above the clouds. Justin Catanoso Source: Hiking Through Peru Showed One Journalist The True Dangers Of Climate Change This composite image, taken in November during a solar eclipse, shows the sun behind the moon, combined with the outflow of the solar corona the charged particles flowing out of the sun's surface that we see during the eclipse when the actual mass of the star is obscured. Firefighters put out a raging fire in a Chicago warehouse on Jan. 23, but the bitter cold temperatures turned it into an ice castle. Scott Olson/Getty Images Eruptions at Mount Etna this year have changed the shape of its vent, causing it to blow perfect 100-meter-wide (328 feet) smoke rings. Tom Pfeiffer The Strokkur geyser in Iceland erupts every four to eight minutes, blasting water up to 130 feet into the air. Hot magma under the Earth heats water until it spews out of a hole in the ground. ABG/Getty Images In May, scientists captured the first images of the hydrogen bond, which holds our DNA together and gives water its unique properties, including surface tension. Zhang, et. al, Science Express, 2013 Source: See The World's First Images Of Actual Hydrogen Bonds "A cafe outside of Aquas Calientes in the Cuzco region of Peru has perches for wild parrots that come and feed on seed and fruit left out for them," said photographer Adam Lichtcsien, who entered this image into the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. "This curious little fella was peeking out from behind a leaf to get a better look at me. Apparently he was entertained by the odd human with the camera because he let me get only a few inches away, where my ring light could better illuminate his beautiful feathers." Sleep researchers found that channels (seen in blue in the image below) are created by shrinking neurons to allow waste to be flushed out of the brain during sleep. The resulting image was a beautiful network of colors. MAIKEN NEDERGAARD Source: Scientists Have Finally Found The First Real Reason We Need To Sleep Giant mirrors installed on a Norwegian mountainside will be used for the first time to bring sunlight to the town of Rjukan during winter. Rjukan, shaded by mountains, doesn't receive direct sunlight between September and March; the mirrors adjust to follow the sun and reflect light down onto the town. REUTERS/Tore Meek/NTB Scanpix Source: These Massive Mirrors Will Bring Winter Sunlight To A Norwegian Town For The First Time Using two sets of data from the European Space Observatory's (ESO) VISTA telescope, scientists were able to make the most accurate 3D map yet of the bulge of the Milky Way. The three-dimensional location in the map resulted in this fabulous artist's impression. ESO The Olinguito was the first new carnivorous mammal discovered in the Americas in the last 35 years. A relative of the raccoon, the Olinguito is super adorable. Mark Gurney Source: Scientists Just Discovered An Adorable New Mammal Species Chilling Out In Ecuador Recording-breaking blooms of the algae Enteromorpha prolifera washed up on China's beaches in Shandong province over the summer. It's not toxic to people, but it is to other marine life, hogging most of the oxygen in the ecosystem and doing a fair amount of damage. REUTERS:China Daily This satellite picture of China from October shows just how bad its smog problem is. Monitors say that air pollution reached up to 40 times the standard set by the World Health Organization in some parts of the country. NOAA/NASA Source: China's Smog Is So Bad You Can See It From Space "This picture was taken on a game drive in the Addo Elephant National Park, the third largest national park in the Eastern Cape, South Africa," photographer Natalie Murray, who entered the photo in this year's National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, said. "The park contains a wide diversity of fauna, flora and landscapes and incorporates semi arid landscapes all the way to a marine reserve.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Unfortunately, their quirky Argentinean manager Daniel Cordoba has insisted on showing off the goods during a recent training session by wearing what appears to be a baggy Baywatch Speedo. View photo . Cordoba is known as "El Profe" ("The Professor") in his homeland, which means that a man who comes to work dressed like a giant baby in a red diaper is equated with Arsene Wenger in Argentina. The manager, who was appointed by the Rojo Matador in December, also explains his tattoos in the video. He has his children's names on his arm, the world "adrenaline" and the phrase "impossible is nothing." Hopefully, he earned some sponsorship money for the last one . - - - - - - - Ryan Bailey is a writer for Dirty Tackle on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter! Miami's trio didn't get much rest during the All-Star break and get back to business vs. resurgent Dallas. Yahoo Sports Lolo Jones has captured headlines for her track-to-bobsled conversion, but Lauryn Williams can make history. Yahoo Sports Brooklyn is discussing a deal to add Sacramento's Marcus Thornton in exchange for two veterans. Yahoo Sports Mikaela Shiffrin is only 18, but she finished fifth in the giant slalom, one of the toughest skiing events. Yahoo Sports If you haven't been focused on college basketball yet, there are (at least) 10 games to watch this weekend. Yahoo Sports Unbeaten Ronda Rousey is a terror in the cage and a promoter's dream, but she might outgrow the UFC. Yahoo Sports Alex Deibold worked as a wax technician just to attend 2010 Olympics. Now, he's a snowboardcross medalist. Yahoo Sports It's far from a done deal, but the NHL's experience in Sochi boosts the chances of going to the 2018 Olympics. Yahoo Sports
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Monday, February 17, 2014
So you are looking for some funny short story ideas to build your script on! Well, writing a funny story with some serious and funny characters can be quite a bit of challenge to your inner creativity. If you are looking for some boosting ideas, then this article will help you with that. Read on…
When it comes to writing funny stories, long or short, one should be very careful about the characters and the way the story idea is written and built upon. Keep in mind that what may seem funny to you, may end up hurting someone else's feelings and sentiments. For example, creating a character that is physically unfit and making fun of that particular character for making the story funny, would rather portray your insensitivity instead of your sense of humor. You will be honored and appreciated for your funny short story ideas only when you would be able to tickle the funny bone of your readers without creating a 'soft target'. Take the animated show 'South Park' for example, they make fun of each and every possible thing on this planet, which is why the show is dealing with a lot of controversies. So make sure that the stories you build on should be such that everyone reads them without getting offended. So now that we know what kind of ideas that we should incorporate, let us have a look at some interesting tips on how to write a funny short story.
Interesting Ideas for Funny Short Stories
Well, there are many themes on which you can base the story at. You can either create fictional characters and create a completely unrealistic fairy tale like story. Take characters like Simpsons, Tom and Jerry for example. Or you can keep the characters like normal everyday life people and show how their normal everyday life is filled with humor and laughter. An example for the same would be series like Two and a Half men, Friends etc. Now the real challenge comes when you have to give the readers something new and unexpected. Refreshment is what makes a story popular and demanding. You can also just build a story on some situation and jot down the humor that arises from the confusion residing in the situation. All these funny short story approaches are explained in detail below.
Unrealistic Ideas for Funny Short Stories
By unrealistically funny short story ideas, I don't mean to write stories based on characters, theme and location that simply may not make the readers believe you, and how do you expect them to find the story funny if the basic element is missing, which is the 'believing or convincing' element! However, when we read stories or comics with characters which can fly, lift buildings and mountains and speak all funny dialogues to make us laugh, we still agree that even though these characters are just imagination, the writing style makes us believe that the characters are real enough to be laughed upon. Not only this, an advantage that the writer has in writing unrealistic stories is that he can make the character extremely unique and interestingly funny by adding some elements that can otherwise not be added in a reality based character. An example for the same would be stories like Ratatouille, wherein a rat named Remy wanted to be a Chef and could talk to the great chef Gusteau in his mind. His journey in reaching the biggest restaurant in the City from the rat holes not only shows a great sense of inspiration, but also the writing style shows a great degree of humor. On the other hand, stories like Madagascar with funny characters like King Julian, Moto-Moto, the Penguins, make their serious journey turn into a journey of fun and frolic, making you laugh almost all the time.
Reality Based Idea for Funny Short Stories
By funny short story ideas based on realistic approach, I mean that writers should take inspiration from characters based on real life. You are not talking about a rat who can cook better than humans, or a bunch of penguins who can ride anything from a car, to a ship to a plane. We are talking about real characters and humor based on reality. By using this approach, the writers also can make the readers widen their horizon and sense humor in some tensed situation. If through your story, you can teach people as to why laughter is known as the best medicine, there can be nothing more rewarding than that. You can find a lot of humor even in some critical situations, and with the gift of writing, you can actually turn your observation into a beautifully written funny short story. An example for the same would be this, Once there was an old man who was flying from Boston to Denver with his cat. The cat was obviously kept in the pet section along with other pets. When the old man arrived Denver, he didn't get his cat along with the luggage and was extremely worried about it. "I want my cat back or else I am going to sue this airline", the old man shouted at the airline agent. The baggage department was in a chaos and were wondering where did the cat go! Alas, they found the cat in her cage, but to their surprise, the cat was dead. The baggage authorities were already feeling guilty of making their valuable customer upset. "He will blow the airport if he finds out that his cat his dead", an airline agent told another. So they decided to replace the dead cat with a live one. With lots of troubles, the airline finally got the cat back to the old man. The old man looked at the cat and screamed, "This ain't my cat, you morons! My cat was dead and I brought him home to get him buried!" This is what you call a funny short story idea with a twist. Funny wasn't it?
You can also get a lot of interesting ideas just by looking at your daily life and the people in it. What is it that makes you laugh your teeth out? What is it that you can't help but think and laugh? The best and most convincing funny stories are the ones that are inspired from your own experiences. So think about it, make characters which are inspired from the real life characters, create some situations which will make the character act or talk something funny and create a story based on your imagination. It is also advisable to start and complete the story at a single sitting or else you may end up loosing the flow of the story. It shouldn't be a problem for you because this is a short story you are writing and not a huge essay! So start looking around, try and widen your imagination, think of the moment that made you laugh the most, and write all of these in the form of a funny story so that everyone goes on laughing at its narration. All the best!