You Can’t Convince Flat Earthers With Science (Use Philosophy Instead)

Thinking that the earth might be flat appears to have grown in popularity in recent years. Indeed, flat earthers are gathering for their annual conference this year in Birmingham, just two miles from my own university. But the earth isn’t flat. Unsurprisingly, this isn’t hard to prove. But as scads of YouTube videos demonstrate, these proofs fail to convince everyone. A glance at the comments show there’s still vitriolic disagreement in some quarters.

The Orbits Of All The Planets In Our Solar System Are Expanding As The Sun Gets Older, Study On Mercury’s Orbit Reveals

The Orbits Of All The Planets In Our Solar System Are Expanding As The Sun Gets Older, Study On Mercury’s Orbit Reveals

The Sun is losing mass as it’s getting older. As a result, its gravitational pull is weakening and the orbits of all the planets in our solar system are expanding. To earthlings, the effect of broadening of Earth’s orbit will likely remain minuscule as it’s expanding at the rate of less than an inch a year.

‘Super-Earth’ Planet With An Orbital Period Of Less Than 7 Hours Discovered

‘Super-Earth’ Planet With Orbital Period Of Less Than 7 Hours Discovered

Kepler’s K2 mission has revealed the presence of another ‘Super-Earth’ planet. The newly discovered planet, designated EPIC 246393474 b (or C12_3474 b), is 'more than' five times more massive than the Earth and orbits its parent star every 6.7 hours, making it the planet having the shortest orbital period known to date with a precisely determined mass.

An illustration of the proposed magnetic deflector

Scientists Have Proposed A Plan To Build A Massive Shield To Protect Earth From Solar Storms

Extreme weather space events could potentially wipe out the electrical grids and cause widespread technological damage. To prevent or mitigate such a catastrophe, scientists have proposed a plan to construct a massive ‘magnetic deflector’ that would sit like a shield between Earth and the Sun, deflecting the sun’s harmful particles back into space.