January 18, 2018

Soviet Space Program Chief Engineer Sergei Korolev

Soviet Space Program Chief Engineer Sergei Korolev

Sergei Korolev was the Chief Designer of the Soviet Space Program when it was at the height of the USA-USSR space race. Born on January 12, 1907, he went through ups and downs in his life until being appointed as the Chief Engineer of the Space Program in the 1950s. Until his unexpected death on ...
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Chemical Elements Discovered by Ancient People

Chemical Elements Discovered by Ancient People

There are more than 100 elements in the periodic table, which lists all the elements discovered by humans. Although the concept of an element is relatively new, people knew of some of the elements we see today, and used them in their pure forms. Copper Thought to have been in use around 9000 B.C. Copper...
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Hydroelectric Dams Raise Global Warming Gas

Hydroelectric Dams Raise Global Warming Gas

Hydroelectric dams contribute more to global warming in the short term than previously estimated, according to a study, published in BioScience. The current and planned boom of hydroelectric projects would double the current cover of dams in the world and will aggravate the problem. The research states...
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Top Ten Causes Of Death

Top Ten Causes Of Death

According to a report published by the World Health Organization, these were the top ten causes of death in 2012. 01. Ischaemic (Ischemic) heart disease – 7.4 million 02. Stroke – 6.7 million 03. COPD – 3.1 million 04. Lower respiratory infections – 3.1 million 05. Trachea bronchus, lung cancer – 1.6 mi...
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Mistake Leads To Discovery Of Saccharin

Mistake Leads To Discovery Of Saccharin

On a particular day in 1879, after a long day of work with coal tar at a lab in the John Hopkins University in the US, one particular scientist went home for dinner. This scientist was Constantine Fahlberg and he was working with Ira Remsen, who would later become the second President of the John ...
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First Spacecraft to Land on Moon

First Spacecraft to Land on Moon

Luna-2, launched by the Soviet Union, was the first spacecraft to reach the surface of the Moon, and also the first man-made object to land on another celestial body. On September 14, 1959, it successfully impacted east of Mare Imbrium (Sea of Showers). The spacecraft was launched on September 12, 1959,...
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First Collision of Artificial Satellites

First Collision of Artificial Satellites

The first collision between two artificial satellites occurred on February 10, 2009. US satellite Iridium 33 and Russian satellite Kosmos-2251 collided at a speed of 42,120 km/h (26,170 mi/h) and an altitude of 789 kilometres (490 mi). The collision occurred over the Taymyr Peninsula in Siberia, Russia....
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Discovery of Planets

Discovery of Planets

Our solar system now has only eight planets. Pluto, which was considered a planet for several decades, was recently disqualified as a planet. Only two of the planets have official “discoverers” and “dates of discovery”. They are Uranus and Neptune. All other planets can be observ...
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First Nobel Prize in Chemistry

First Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The Nobel Prize was awarded for the first time in 1901. A scientist from The Netherlands, Jacobus Henricus van’t Hoff, was awarded the first Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He was awarded this prize for his work on solutions. His contribution was vital in organic chemistry and physical chemistry. Born in 1852...
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