Random science Jared Eatherton

Day 1: 12-8-18

Jupiter's giant red storm

Jupiter's Great Red Spot, the humongous storm that has roiled the gas giant for up to 300 years, heats the atmosphere above it to scorching temperatures. The giant red spot is a hurricane that measures around 20,000 kilometers across, that is three times the size of the Earth. The great red spot has winds that take up to six days to complete a spin. Atmospheric temperatures on Jupiter range from around 930 degrees Celsius. That's greater than the temperature of molten lava. The storm and the resulting heat could be used as a great energy source if we ever find away to get there and then find a way to use it.

Jupiter and its Great Red Spot.

Day 2: 12-9-16

King Tut's dagger was made from a meteorite

New research shows that an iron dagger buried with King Tutankhamun was made from a meteorite. In the past, scientists have claimed that an iron dagger, found along with a gold blade in King Tut's tomb, may have come from meteorites. An Egyptian Museum used X-ray fluorescence spectrometry to accurately find out what King Tut's knife was made of. They found its makeup of iron, nickel and cobalt matched other meteorites in a database, and "strongly suggests its meteoritic origin."

King Tut

Day 3:12-12-16

Whale vomit' could fetch $70,000

A couple in the UK stumbled across a large rock that many are calling "whale vomit." The "rock" could be ambergris, which is a rare substance used to make perfumes last longer on the skin. The substance, often called "floating gold," is produced only by a tiny percentage of sperm whales. It can float in the ocean for decades until it eventually washes up on shore. If the big lump is ambergris it could be worth $70,000. But this substance is very rare, the last time someone has found it on the beach was in 2012.

Sperm Whale

Day 4: 12-13-16

Russian spacecraft fails after launch

An unmanned Russian spacecraft bringing 2.5 tons of supplies to the International Space Station was lost shortly after liftoff from Kazakhstan on December 2nd. The incident occurred at an altitude of about 118 miles. Most of the fragments of the spacecraft burned in the dense atmosphere. It would likely take several failed resupply missions to put the crew at significant risk of running out of food, medical and sanitary supplies.

Space Station

Day 5: 12-14-16

War in space: Kamikazes, kidnapper satellites and lasers

The Russian satellite is officially known as Kosmos 2499 but it has been given a more daunting nickname: "kamikaze," a spacecraft expressly designed to maneuver up close to another satellite to disable or destroy it. In other words, it's a satellite that could go on the attack. AGI's team members watched from their operations floor as a Chinese satellite moved close to a second smaller satellite, the chinese satellite had a robotic arm on it. Laser Weapons System (LaWS) is deployed on the USS Ponce in the Persian Gulf to defeat incoming threats at sea but multiple countries around the world are testing lasers that can reach space. Its like real life star wars but not as cool.


Day 6: 12-15-16

Was Venus once habitable?

Scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York took computer modeling that has predicted future climate change on Earth and applied it to Venus with the hopes of revealing what the young planet was like. They believe venus had a shallow ocean and temperatures that are like what we have on Earth. Venus receives more sunlight than Earth, which would evaporate liquid water, sending hydrogen into space and trapping a buildup of carbon dioxide.


Day 7:12-16-16

Human organs grown in pigs may help transplant patients, scientists say

There's a worldwide shortage of donor organs. Some people spend years on a transplant list, and others lose their lives while waiting. Researchers are in the very early stages of using adult stem cells to grow human organs. Every day, about 22 people in the United States die while waiting for organ transplants. So if they can grow and help save people I think it is a good thing.


Day 8 :12-19-16

Two rare blue lobsters caught in Canada

Fishermen off the coast of Canada have nabbed some rare treasures. In the past week, two blue lobsters that look like they should be in a science-fiction movie were discovered in the waters off Alder Point, Nova Scotia. Lifelong fisherman Blaine Marsh made the first crustacean discovery, and his granddaughter got to name the sea critter. She dubbed the lobster Blueberry.

Blue lobster

Day 9 : 12-20-16

On patrol with the Reindeer Police

Maraviglia traveled the region with the Reindeer Police, a branch of the Norwegian Police Service that oversees the reindeer herding of the indigenous Sami people and provides environmental protection to the area. . The unit was founded in 1949 and is made up of 15 officers for an area of about 21,600 square miles.


Day 10: 12-21-16

Nile crocodiles identified in South Florida, scientists say

There may be a deadly new invasive species lurking in Florida's swamps. A team of scientists has identified three reptiles captured near Miami as Nile crocodiles, a species native to Africa. I think this is weird that they are finding Nile crocodiles in south florida, it is also bad that they are an invasive are might be hurting other animals in their ecosystem.

Nile Crocrodile

Day 11: 12-22-16

#Findsam: UK kids launch search for plush dog sent to space

Sam is not an ordinary stuffed dog. He was enlisted as an astronaut by children at Morecambe Bay Primary School for a science project. Launched attached to a helium balloon, with tracking equipment and documented by GoPro cameras, he was the first toy-dog astronaut sent on a mission to reach the edge of space. But after his mission, Sam was nowhere to be found. I looked it up and have found nothing to suggest that he has been found yet. He was lost in april.

Toy Dog Sam


Created with images by Kaz - "pekingese dog cute" • tonynetone - "JUPITER RED SPOT" • Northfielder - "King Tutankhamen Mask" • Strange Ones - "Tail Shot Rear - Sperm Whale Kaikoura NZ" • NASA Goddard Photo and Video - "Space Station on May 29, 2011" • WikiImages - "satellite soyuz spaceship" • chrismeller - "Venus" • nationalrural - "pig" • kapchurus - "IMG_4405" • Tim Green aka atoach - "Reindeer" • Steve Slater (used to be Wildlife Encounters) - "nile crocodile with jaws open"

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