Meteorite entering the Earth sighted from the ISS

The International Space Station (ISS) had the opportunity to see the entrance into the Earth’s atmosphere of a falling meteorite on Earth that was recorded while taking pictures of the atmosphere. The astronaut responsible for the video on board the ISS was Paolo Nespoli on November 5 around 22:33, while…

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The Great Spot of Jupiter is red when it should be white

Juno brought us hypnotizing images of Jupiter that did not make it look otherwise (from the poles and with pretty blue tones), but for many the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about this planet is its typical profile with its large spot . We talked about it…

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The origins of the kingdom of Asturias (II)

In the previous entry we began our trip in one of the most interesting times through which the Iberian Peninsula crossed according to my way of seeing it. The high Middle Ages is, in short, a period between that late antiquity that we have already dealt with extensively in the…

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Why philosophy is so important for science education

Each semester, I teach courses on philosophy of science to undergraduate students at the University of New Hampshire. Most students enroll in my courses to meet general education requirements, and most of them have never attended a philosophy class before.

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The disastrous English attack on Cádiz in 1625

Badly planned and worse executed, the expedition to Cádiz in 1625 was one of the greatest disasters in history for English weapons. Its objective was to capture the Spanish fleet of the Indies, but ended with heavy casualties for the English. This is his story.

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The world map in the eyes of China

There are very different ways of seeing the world map. Today we see the way to see the world that China has. Center the planet in the Pacific Ocean, the closest approximation to put this world power in the middle of the east-west axis. As for the north-south axis, Ecuador…

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One step closer to the vaccine against bronchiolitis and pneumonia

Finding a vaccine against bronchiolitis and pneumonia (the most common respiratory infections in young children) is one of the great goals of science and, now, new research on the viruses of the Pneumovoridiae family is a little closer to the achievement of that goal. The study, published in Nature Communications,…

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Appointment with Oumuamua, the visitor of another star

On September 9, 2017 an unusual event occurred. A small object about 160 meters in diameter passed through its closest point to the Sun at a distance of 38 million kilometers at the surprising speed of 317,000 km / h. Millions of years had passed since this body had been…

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