New York City drifts about one inch away from Europe every year. — (@UberFacts) February 11, 2014 The movement of plate tectonics is pushing North America away from Europe at a rate of one inch (2.54cm) per year. Almost all of North America lies on the North American tectonic plate – with the exception of a thin slice of […]Read more "NEW YORK CITY DRIFTS ABOUT ONE INCH EACH YEAR"
In some instances, darkness moves faster than light. — (@UberFacts) February 10, 2015 It is possible for darkness to move faster than light. In this Friday longread we explain how this can happen and why something moving faster than the light barrier still fits with our understanding of the universe. But first, what is the speed […]Read more "CAN ANYTHING TRAVEL FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT?"
Scientists are considering whitening the clouds to combat global warming. — (@UberFacts) December 20, 2014 Researchers are revisiting a proposal to turn sea water into clouds in an attempt to combat climate change. Ships could be remotely controlled and wind powered, roaming the oceans casting sea salt particles into the air in a project called marine cloud brightening. […]Read more "SCIENTISTS HOPE WHITER CLOUDS WILL SAVE THE ENVIRONMENT"
Using your mobile phone before sleeping, or even keeping your phone next to your bed, could increase the amount of time it takes for you to get to sleep. A study published in 2008 by researchers at Karolinska Institute and Uppsala University in Sweden and from Wayne State University in Michigan, US, found “measurable effects on the brain” caused by mobile […]Read more "One reason to stop using your phone before bed"
If the earth didn’t have the moon, our days would only be 6 hours long. — (@UberFacts) August 27, 2014 The Moon is responsible for our current day length, and is making our days longer. About four billion years ago the day length was thought to be just six hours long, but the effect of the Moon is slowing […]Read more "WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE MOON WAS MISSING?"
Sunflowers can be used to clean up radioactive waste. — (@UberFacts) April 04, 2015 In the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster hundred of thousands of inhabitants were relocated and the town was left uninhabitable. However, in the case of Fukushima the Japanese government is hoping to make the area liveable again for the 80,000 displaced residents, and to do […]Read more "HOW SUNFLOWERS WERE USED TO CLEAN UP FUKUSHIMA"
Night vision goggles are green because the human eye can tell difference between more shades of green than any other color. — (@UberFacts) December 08, 2014 There are three popular types of night vision including thermal imaging and near infrared illumination. But this tweet refers to one of the more popular forms; low light imaging using image intensifiers. This […]Read more "THIS IS THE REAL REASON NIGHT VISION GOGGLES ARE GREEN"