Astronomer Frank Drake dies

On Friday, September 2, 2022, at the age of 93, American astronomer Frank Drake, who became one of the pioneers of the search for radio signals from extraterrestrial civilizations, died. He is also one of the creators of the records for the Pioneer and Voyager probes and the Arecibo radio message, according to the SETI… Continue reading Astronomer Frank Drake dies

Scientists have discovered mysterious rows of holes at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean

Scientists have discovered long, straight rows of holes at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. According to a press release from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, they are located at a depth of about 2.5 kilometers. The origin of the holes remains a mystery: perhaps they were dug by unknown sea creatures or… Continue reading Scientists have discovered mysterious rows of holes at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean

Aliens in underwater forests and the family life of catfish

“Do you dive in Norway? It's cold in the water there! And there’s nothing to see!”“Come on! IS THIS IN NORWAY? This is roughly how people react when they see my underwater pictures (I publish them on my Telegram channel). For most people, diving is associated with the tropics and coral reefs. But few know… Continue reading Aliens in underwater forests and the family life of catfish

“The Waning World”

In the post-war USSR, a “generation of engineering and technical workers” grew up: techno-optimists with higher education, dreamers, science fiction lovers. But the culture of the scientific and technical intelligentsia was not limited to faith in scientific progress. “Physicists,” just like “lyricists,” were also interested in things that did not fit into the scientific picture… Continue reading “The Waning World”

Take it below

There are a lot of very interesting things happening in combinatorics right now; it is one of the most rapidly developing areas of mathematics. But among them, the new work of Marcelo Campos, Simon Griffiths, Robert Morris (Rio de Janeiro) and Julian Sahasrabude (Cambridge), dedicated to estimating Ramsey numbers, stands out. What is the problem… Continue reading Take it below

“The Joy of Science”

From time to time we fall victim to cognitive distortions, deceptions and simplifications. Physicist Jim Al-Khalili believes that dealing with complex and contradictory information will be easier if you approach it like scientists. In the book “The Joy of Science. The most important foundations of rational thinking” (AST publishing house), translated into Russian by Maxim… Continue reading “The Joy of Science”

American flying saucer takes to the skies

American startup Zeva has begun flight testing of its single-seat tailsitter Zero, which looks like a flying saucer. The Zero's first flights were unmanned and lasted more than four minutes. Tailsitters are aircraft that can take off vertically, fly like an airplane, and land on their tail. They are undemanding to take-off sites and are… Continue reading American flying saucer takes to the skies

“Formulas for all occasions: How mathematics helps you get out of difficult situations”

A mathematical formula can come in handy in the most unexpected situations. For example, if you need to save humanity in the midst of an energy crisis, prevent an oil spill, preserve a masterpiece in the Louvre, or stage a complex stunt for a Hollywood blockbuster. In the book “Formulas for All Occasions: How Mathematics… Continue reading “Formulas for all occasions: How mathematics helps you get out of difficult situations”

Captain, when is the flight?

Science fiction writers of the past glorified technology and science. And if something went wrong, human weaknesses were to blame – stupidity, disorganization, ambition. No wonder: social organization in the 19th and early 20th centuries left much to be desired. A rigid hierarchy reigned in the companies, and many employees spent years only trimming the… Continue reading Captain, when is the flight?

“A Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy”

We have seen aliens in movies, read about them in books, fought with them in video games, and perhaps someday we will meet them in real life. In the meantime, based on biological laws, we can assume what extraterrestrial life forms might look like and what kind of life they might lead. In the book… Continue reading “A Zoologist's Guide to the Galaxy”