Tag Archives: Science

Video: How Human Population Has Exploded Over Time

Embedded above and on YouTube here: “Human Population Through Time,” a video from the American Museum of Natural History. From the description:

It took 200,000 years for our human population to reach 1 billion—and only 200 years to reach 7 billion. But growth has begun slowing, as women have fewer babies on average. When will our global population peak? And how can we minimize our impact on Earth’s resources, even as we approach 11 billion?

Amazing to see the spikes after agriculture began, and then especially after the industrial revolution.

Animated GIF of the Rosetta Mission

Worth pondering: The successful, seemingly-too-crazy-to-be-true Rosetta mission to land a spacecraft on a comet comprised much more than just the recent touchdown.

Of course, it took years of planning to execute.

Check out this really cool animated GIF to see how everything came together:

Fantastic. Awe-inspiring.

“Sciencetific Garden”

Let’s end the week on a humorous note, shall we?

A recently spotted this excellent sign at a school in Thailand’s Rayong province.

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That’s right, it reads “Sciencetific Garden.”

Science 1. Spelling 0. 🙂

I believe that’s a bust of Einstein in the back. And Newton — or is it Bacon? — in the front.

A previous post about an amusing Thai sign is here.

Around the Web: improving college rankings, Federer’s footwork, inventors killed by their own inventions, and more

Some links that have caught my eye of late: