science-blog

Graphic designer Richard Littler has a blog dedicated to the written and visual history of a fictional town that blurs the line between reality and sci-fi. Because lots of creepy stuff happens in ‘Scarfolk’, its security practices are pretty intense, including thought-detecting vans, dream recording, and 'specially crossbred, telekinetic child-owls’. Source Source 2

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Mola mola is considered to be one of the most oddly shaped living creatures of the natural world. Fascinatingly, It’s the heaviest known bony fish in the world, with an average adult weight of 1000 kg. It feed mainly on Jellyfish.

According to marine biologists, they look like they’d be a silly design but they’re actually very efficient, and one of the few examples of an underwater animal that’s actually flying through the water with lift-based design.

“The ocean sunfish’s streamlined body allows it to easily slice through the water and and sneak up onto photographers and pretend that it’s the one who’s surprised.” -Matt Simon

Learn about them at these sources:

1. Pythagora’s Theorem

2.  Logarithms

3. Calculus

4. Law of Gravity

5. The Square Root of -1 (a more detailed look into it)

6. Euler’s Formula for Polyhedra

7. Normal Distribution

8. Wave Equation

9. Fourier Transform

10. Navier-Stokes Equation

11. Maxwell’s Equations

12. Second Law of Thermodynamics

13. Relativity

14. Schrodinger’s Equation

15. Information Theory

16. Chaos Theory

17. Black-Scholes Equation

penumbra
—  (noun) Astronomy. The sight and sound of penumbra evoke mystery and a celestial beauty. A penumbra occurs during an eclipse, it is the partial shadow between the light (the sun) and the dark (the moon); it is a gray area. It is neither dark or light. Therefore, it is the meeting between illumination and umbra, the shadow. Note, the umbra is a shadow, light ceases to exist here; whereas, a penumbra is a half shadow resulting from the obscuration of light. Like all aspects of life, the universe lingers on the truth of humanity: nothing is black or white, a middle ground, a grayness dwells, and beauty is found there, even in astronomical events out of our reach. 

Read the material before going to class. This method is known as the “flipped classroom” and is becoming very popular. It seems to be particularly useful in Chemistry. Students should study lessons before going to class, allowing students to follow the class much easier.

Master the basics. Scientific subjects can be based on a number of central theories from which everything else follows (especially Chemistry and Physics). Learn the basic concepts and theories to help you understand connections with more complicated material.

Strengthen your maths skills. Review mathematics as you’re studying because it can be central (especially Physics).

Learn the terminology. If you want to understand what you’re studying, you need to familiarise yourself with the key terminology. One way to do this is to try and break complex words down to identify their roots (e.g. adrenal can be broken down into ad / renal meaning above the kidneys).

Go from the general to the specific. Master the general concepts before trying to tackle specific ones. Study everything thoroughly before moving on to the next level. Mindmaps are especially useful in moving from the general to the specific, particularly about processes and relationships.

Practice. If you use a lab, put theory into practice as often as you can. You can test hypotheses and prove your theories. It’s also likely to make things more memorable if you perform them in this way.

Draw. Use drawings to understand concepts and information that would be difficult to define adequately in words.

Use flashcards. Scientific subjects are often full of symbols, and definitions. Flashcards are great for organising and storing this information, and let you test yourself and other people.

Practice answering exam questions. Past papers should be available from your teachers and are an invaluable resource when it comes to studying. Know the format of the exam, and how long you’ll have to finish it. As you get more comfortable with the exams, try practising them under timed conditions.

Understand rather than memorise. When you study, you should focus on understanding the concepts rather than memorising every detail. Memorisation shouldn’t replace understanding.

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Mathematics is not merely a physical science that can give us evidence without experimentation, but it is also the sole language of the Universe. Consider this; If we were to ever stumble upon an intelligent species other than our own, mathematics would be the only manner in which we we could communicate with them. It is after all the most objective aspect of science.

Its not just a significant subject but also a boundlessly beautiful one. All you have to do is briefly read about great minds such as Archimedes, Eratosthenes, Calavieri and Lui hui to know what i’m talking about it. These brilliant beings came up with elegant yet extraordinary equations that could effortlessly break down the universe around us and give us human beings a predictive power like never before. One can write volumes about the beauty of mathematical proof.

Maybe, if we high school students we’re told this in our math classes, we would take it much more seriously.

Patterns of taxonomic and morphological diversification in early ray-finned fishes.

Ray-finned fishes (Actinopterygii) is the most species rich class of vertebrates, and by far the most dominant type of ’fish’ in both marine and non-marine environments. In the figure above you can see how the proportion of ray-finned fishes increases within fossil ‘fish’ faunas, from a low proportion during the Devonian, then steadily increasing during the Carboniferous and Permian until reaching the currently-held point of dominance during the Triassic.

Friedman, M., 2015. The early evolution of ray-finned fishes. Palaeontology, 58(2), pp.213–228. DOI: 10.1111/pala.12150