Have you ever stopped to really think about all the wonders about honey? After all, this is a widely consumed food all over the world. I thought it might be sort of neat to think about some of the interesting facts about honey. Honey is the only food known that never spoils. Honey that was discovered in urns in Egyptian tombs was dated at over 4,000 years old and it was still edible, though crystallized. Part of the reason it doesn’t spoil is that it has powerful antibiotic properties. In fact, putting some honey in a compost pile will usually slow or halt the decomposition process. It is also quite acidic with a pH of between 3 and 4, which makes it hard for microbes to contaminate it. They normally can’t survive. Most honey sold, including about 95% of the honey sold in stores, isn’t pure honey even if the label says that it is 100 percent honey. The FDA and similar agencies in other countries allows “pure honey” to contain up to 5% filler materials, usually either sugar or corn syrup. These are often added by manufacturers because they are cheaper than honey, so the profit margin is greater. Honey that crystallizes is still perfectly edible. To make it runny again, simply heat it up so the crystals can melt. It is estimated that a million tons of honey are consumed by people every year. In order to produce one pound of honey, honeybees have Continue Reading →
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“Man is more powerful than nature.” If you read or heard that statement, there is a very good chance that you would laugh or at the very least not believe it. The statement is utterly and demonstrably false. We cannot prevent, cause or control the eruption of a volcano. We are still learning the causes of earthquakes and still don’t have a way to make something that is completely earthquake-proof. We know what causes tornadoes, hurricanes and typhoons, but we can’t cause one to form, prevent one from forming or control one once it has formed. We know more about the moon than what happens at the bottoms of our own oceans. Obviously, we are nowhere near being as powerful as nature is and we aren’t particularly knowledgeable, either. It would be human arrogance to think that we are even close to being more powerful than nature, right? Yet, millions of people believe many myths and have come to a conclusion that we are more powerful than nature, often without even realizing it. Why do I say this? I should first explain that when I say “we”, it is being used to refer to all of mankind, in general, not any particular part of mankind. Among various other things, our world is a giant self-regulatory heating and cooling system. It is constantly adjusting temperatures, winds, air pressure, humidity levels and precipitation. This has been known for thousands of years and all it requires to understand the truth of this is Continue Reading →
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Our world is quite seismically and volcanically active. There are volcanoes located on every continent in the world and a great number of them are active. Scientists know a great deal about them, though they are still a long way from being able to accurately predict when one will erupt. At any given minute, there is an average of 11-13 volcanoes erupting somewhere on the earth. You may have never heard about the majority of the volcanoes for two main reasons. First, the world is a vast place. We tend to get so used to the areas where we live that we often have trouble fully appreciating just how huge this world is. The second reason is that a large number of the volcanic eruptions occur under the surface of the ocean, where they aren’t normally seen until they break the surface. At times, the under water volcanoes can still cause enormous devastation, though. One such occurrence was an eruption of Krakatoa. This mountain rose out of the sea in Indonesia, so it wasn’t actually under water, but it is notable partly because when the Krakatoa blew itself to bits, it shifted a huge amount of ocean water. This created an enormous wave or tsunami that swept over islands in the area, carrying whole villages away. When the mountain exploded, it created another kind of wave, too. The other wave was a sound wave. This wasn’t destructive, but it gives an idea of the power of a major volcanic eruption. Continue Reading →
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Understanding sunspots is more important than most people think. Sunspots have been seen and recorded for well over 3,000 years. As amazing as it might seem, though, for most of that time, accepted science opinion didn’t admit to the existence of sunspots. We only began to understand what they are, what causes them and how important they are in recent times. Except for some directly observable information about the phenomenon, nearly all of our knowledge about them has happened since telescopes and satellites capable of studying the sun at x-ray wavelengths were created. That is understandable since our atmophere blocks many of the rays from the sun. It is helpful to understand a little about the sun, if we also want to know about sunspots. The sun is mostly hydrogen gas, under such heat and pressure at the core that it is being converted into helium. In the process, energy is produced which results in photon radiation. A single photon can take over ten thousand of years to make it to the surface of the sun, bouncing around inside the sun on the way, rather than following a direct path. Once they reach the surface, the photons are radiated out into space as light and other radiation. Temperatures in this region are intense due to the enormous radiation. Though photons are tiny, working from the interior of the sun to the surface of the sun produces huge convection currents. This is the same sort of thing you might see as Continue Reading →
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We currently know for almost certain that black holes exist, though nobody has actually seen one. They are quite interesting in a lot of ways, though, and we know now what a lot of their properties are. We even know that there are two massive black holes at the center of our own galaxy. When Einstein first postulated the theories that he’s famous for, he opened the door to many possibilities, including the existence of black holes. Theorists then began to think about what properties such strange objects would, could or should have. This was long before there was any proof of black holes and it was primarily scientific theory. Many believed that it was fiction. However it was and is supported by solid science. One of the probabilities is that virtually all black holes must spin around. It might not sound like it is a big deal that we’d know that, but the logic behind it is fascinating and most people aren’t exposed often enough to logical thinking. What stars are To put it in an enormously simplified way, stars are huge masses of gas, mostly hydrogen. The bulk and gravitational pressure is so great that friction from collapse and the pressure it causes creates such intense heat that a nuclear process starts, fusing hydrogen into helium. Equilibrium is reached when the energy of the outward force of the hydrogen fusion equals the inward pull of gravitation. The process is far more complex than this, however when most of Continue Reading →
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It should come as no surprise that the US government and others have been desperately trying to find ways to continue perpetrating a myth they began over a decade ago, when they claimed that the earth’s climate was getting hotter and that man was the cause. For people who are able to think and reason for themselves, the myth has always been weak. However, many people have been taken in by the misleading statements and outright lies that have been made. It might be interesting to look at some of the actual facts. This needs to be done in segments to give good coverage to the topic and people should be warned that if you don’t want to be exposed to the truth, you might not want to read any of these segments. This is aimed at people who are willing to think for themselves. The claim has been made that there is proof that the climate is warming up. It was expounded especially in 2010 by a number of climatologists in the US and UN. The culprit, they say, is carbon dioxide emissions by man. Their temperature data would seem to support their claims, but does it really? Suppose you were to find out that most of the data has been falsified to make it look like there was global warming going on? To most people, that would throw doubt on the whole global warming theory. Yet, that is exactly what has happened. NOAA (National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration) Continue Reading →
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