soleto

6 Added | 1 Magazine | 1 Like | 2 Following | @soleto | Keep up with soleto on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “soleto”

Who Was Carl Sagan?

The famed scientist, and celebrity, had a lot more going on than just hosting a television series.<p>It was almost like a dispatch from another planet: the invitation to the young astronomer to leave Brooklyn and visit the lakes and gorges of upstate New York.<p>"A letter shows up in my mailbox from Carl …

Mercury, the Smallest Planet, Is Getting Even Smaller, Scientists Say

A new look at the planet shows that it has shrunk almost nine miles in diameter.<p>Like a raisin spinning around the sun, Mercury is shrinking and wrinkling. The planet is now up to 8.6 miles (14 kilometers) smaller in diameter than it was nearly four billion years ago, according to a report released …

Ancient Moss Revived After Ages on Ice

Scientists have regenerated mossy life frozen on Antarctica for a record number of centuries.<p>On an island called Signy, amid the rolling waves off Antarctica, lies a moss bank as old as the Roman Empire.<p><b>Buried deep within its frozen, brown remains, scientists have revived a spark of life that has</b> …

Ancient City of Petra Built to Align With the Sun

The Nabatean culture erected the city to highlight solstices, equinoxes.<p>An ancient civilization built the famous, stone-hewn city of Petra so that the sun would illuminate their sacred places like celestial spotlights, a new study says.<p>Petra, a giant metropolis of tombs, monuments, and other …

Big Bang's "Smoking Gun" Confirms Early Universe's Exponential Growth

Observations confirm "inflation" of early universe to cosmological sizes in early instant.<p>Surprisingly strong gravitational waves rippled through the fiery aftermath of the Big Bang, astronomers announced Monday, a finding that confirms the cosmos grew to a stunningly vast size in its very first …

Big Bang Discovery Opens Doors to the "Multiverse"

Gravitational waves detected in the aftermath of the Big Bang suggest one universe just might not be enough.<p>Bored with your old dimensions—up and down, right and left, and back and forth? So tiresome. Take heart, folks. The latest news from Big Bang cosmologists offers us some relief from our …