By pledging $100 million towards a new SETI research project, famed physicist Stephen Hawking has reinvigorated the search for extraterrestrials. Backed by the Russian tech billionaire Yuri Milner, Breakthrough Listen will be the biggest scientific enterprise yet to seek signs of intelligent life outside our solar system. Do we dare disturb the universe? What if our celestial neighbours don’t want to play nice? Soon we may find out for sure.
As an aircraft approaches transonic velocity, a vapor cone appears due to the condensation of water in the atmosphere.
The word Thagomizer was coined by cartoonist Gary Larson. It refers to a distinctive arrangement of spikes found on the tails of stegosaurid dinosaurs! Who knew!
Embodying a subversive force within the royal court, the Bwoom masquerade is often performed in conflict with the masked figure representing Woot, the creator and founder of the ruling dynasty in the Kuba mythology.
A magnificent example of Kwakwaka’wakw art – The Crooked Beak Of Heaven Mask
Pigmy Dartlet (Agriocnemis pygmaea) male, a very small apple green damselfly with black stripes and orange colored abdominal segments.
Zombie-Ant fungus? Perhaps this was a source of inspiration for some X-Files episodes!
Faster than any other land animal, the cheetah is a large feline inhabiting most of Africa and parts of the Middle East.
So, just how fast is it?
An opportunist, the Griffon Vulture is a large Old World vulture attaining a wingspan of 7.5 to 9.2 ft and weighing in at up to 25 pounds.
Considered to be the largest moths in the world, the Atlas moths have wingspans reaching over 10 inches (25 centimeters).