The beloved smart devices—the computer, the tablet, the phone—all offer so many beautiful things. However, the danger of hacking can set the average tech owner up for a sinister violation of privacy.
In today's day and age, average people, like you and I, are under the illusion that our privacy is maintained, else we would notice. False! Prestigious hackers and malicious governments have the technological ability to access our computers and, oddly enough, see us through our own cameras.
To prepare for the worst, tech owners are advised to cover their cameras to block tech creepers from spying on us. Is this paranoia? or common protocol for the 21st century?
Ask google what a black hole is.
"A region of space having a gravitational field so intense that no matter or radiation can escape."
FALSE. *insert Dwight Schrute meme here*
In 1974, the brilliant Stephen Hawking discovered that black holes emitted gamma ray radiation. Such a discovery revolutionized theoretical physics and began a new voyage into black holes.
The fact that black holes emit such a useful radiation opens a door into adapting to the newfound energy source, now named Hawking radiation.
Yes, you are small. So am I. I'm only 5"7. We are all minuscule, however, when compared to the vastness of this universe.
It's all about scale. It's pretty crammed here, on Earth, with about 7.6 billion people on it. However, when we take our beloved blue globe and place it next to the other planets, stars, solar systems, it really is teeny tiny. If we look at distance, we will see that it takes about 1.3 seconds for light to travel from the Earth to the moon. To get from one extreme of the Milky Way to the other extreme, it would take light about four years. The Earth only makes up about .0003% of the Milky Way's mass.
Though frightening, it is often helpful to scale yourself. It shows you that some of the things that we stress about are truly minuscule.
At an innocent ten years old, I asked mom, "but how fast would Santa have to travel to go to each house in one night?"
Good question, Esteban.
In layman terms, Santa's existence is disproved when considering the amount of energy and speed needed to stop and go around the planet. To my knowledge as an ten year old, I realized, through research, that the jolly ol' Santa would be traveling at an approximate 1,800 miles per second with 32 hours to check off the world's Christmas list.
But how about stopping at each home? Well, considering that the amount of energy needed to go from 6,480,000 mph to 0 mph in a small amount of space would likely create a black hole, stopping is not necessarily an option.
Alas, Santa will somehow defy physics this up coming Christmas and indulge in millions of pounds of cookies and milk—yes, he is also immune to type 2 diabetes.
The idea of infinity goes beyond human comprehension—particularly when considering the eternally expanding universe. No, the universe is not a slow globe in the hands of a toddler alien, nor does it even have any known parameters.
13.8 billion years ago, right before the Golden Girls series was produced, a brilliant explosion created the universe. Oddly enough, this explosion is still underway. The universe continues to expand, at an infinite rate, with nothing stopping it. However, when pondered, the concept truly seems unfathomable.
A human shares approximately 98.8% of DNA with a chimpanzee. Therefor, the 1.2% difference in DNA consists of a human's ability to do things that chimps cannot—create symphonies, discover calculus, and launch into space. A chimp challenges its intellectual limits through learning sign language and completing basic puzzles: play time for a human toddler.