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Will Driverless Cars Change the Future of Driving?

Quick Fact! Until very recently, laws for driverless cars did not exist. The American states of California, Florida, Michigan, and Nevada have legalized the testing of such cars on public roads in

How Was the Himalayan Mountain Range Formed?

Did You Know? The theory of continental-drift, put forth by the German meteorologist Alfred Wegener in around 1912, is the most widely accepted theory that explains the formation of the Himalayas.

13 Real-life Examples of the Golden Ratio

"Geometry has two great treasures: one is the Theorem of Pythagoras; the other, the division of a line into extreme and mean ratio. The first we may compare to a measure of gold; the second we ma

What Does Breaking the Sound Barrier Mean?

Did You Know? The vapor cones that one sees around an aircraft approaching transonic velocity occur due to shock waves of supersonic flow speed, which causes reduction in air pressure and the cond

Understanding Sensory Adaptation with Examples

Did You Know? Large type 1 nerve cells used for the sense of touch show sensory adaptation, but the smaller type 4 nerve cells used for sensing pain do not. Therefore, pain stays for a long perio

Is Fat the Sixth Basic Taste?

Did You Know The ancient Indian system of medicine, Ayurveda deems sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent as the basic tastes. Don't you just love to chow down a slab of dark choc

Trees That Have a White Bark (with Pictures)

Paper Birch The root, bark, and tender leaves of the paper birch are used in making tea. How do we paint a tree? Of course, with green color. Is that even a question to ask? And with

Basalt Rock Properties and Uses

Did You Know? Much like the Earth, the crust of our Moon, the planets Mars and Venus, and many asteroids are largely made of basalt. In fact, Olympus Mons, the largest volcano of our solar system

What Does a Mutagen Mean in Biology?

Alert!According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, cigarette smoke has over thirty known human carcinogens. Mutation can be described as a change in the nucleotide sequence of DNA

How to Convert pKa to Ka

Did You Know? Despite the general notion that only strong acids can burn the skin, strong bases also have the same effect. Moreover, acids and bases always neutralize each other. The chemical

Gene Flow Definition and Examples

Gene Affects Genetic VariationThe red wolf, endemic to southeastern United States, has become extinct in the wild due to habitat destruction, predator control programs, and hybridization of these wolv