Browsing: Nature

A Brief History On August 3, 1997, the Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand opened, taking the title as the tallest free standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere.  At 1076 feet tall, this telecommunications and observation tower is indeed tall compared to most buildings, even skyscrapers and most other towers, but it is positively puny compared to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates which at 2722 feet is BY FAR the tallest free standing structure in the world, the tallest building ever built by human beings.  So far… Today we take a look at some the really tall…

A Brief History On August 1, 2020, we take a look back on a rather tumultuous July of 2020, a month replete with unique people and events in American and world history.  It seems as if the world has gone crazy!  As always, feel free to nominate your own people or events that you believe belong in such a list.  (Please do not expect us to give either the left or the right a pass!) Digging Deeper Dr. Stella Immanuel. This so called medical doctor went to Washington, D.C. and got the attention of President Trump, who re-Tweeted a video…

A Brief History On April 22, 2020, the pandemic of the COVID-19, or SARS-CoV-2, or better known as “coronavirus,” has claimed another victim, as reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, in this case the venerable Urbana University, an Ohio college that was only the second institute of higher learning in the United States to admit women as students alongside men. Digging Deeper Urbana University, founded in 1850, has been ailing financially for several years, and was acquired by Franklin University in 2014 and operated as a branch of that institution.  The school, located near Columbus, Ohio, in the city of Urbana…

A Brief History On April 17, 2014, the Kepler space telescope operated by NASA confirmed the existence of Kepler-186f, the first discovery of a planet of equivalent size to Earth within the “habitable zone” of another solar system.  The newly discovered planet is in the solar system of a red dwarf star called Kepler-186, only about 582 light years away!  (A light year is roughly 6 trillion miles.) Digging Deeper We know that at some point the Earth will become uninhabitable for human civilization.  This eventuality may take hundreds of millions of years, or even billions of years, when our…

A Brief History On April 14, 1986, the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh experienced the largest hailstones ever recorded, with an incredible weight of 1 kilogram for a single hailstone!  As you can imagine, the damage caused was extensive, but even worse, 92 people were killed by the giant ice balls from above.  Today we take a look at this particular weather phenomenon. Digging Deeper Hail is basically frozen rain.  Little balls of ice, or irregular shaped lumps, hail differs from ice pellets in that ice pellets usually fall in the winter or cold weather and are smaller.  Hail varies in…

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