This Beautiful Infographic Shows How the Sun Controls Everything
As fall begins and we soak up the last of summer’s sunshine, let’s reflect on everything the sun does for us. Here's a nifty infographic to help.
As fall begins and we soak up the last of summer’s sunshine, let’s take a moment to think about all the good the Sun does for us. It gives us light, heat, and energy. Without that energy, “life on Earth wouldn’t exist” NASA points out. Our planet’s temperature would be so cold that the ground would be frozen and no life would be able to survive.
The sun also helps our bodies produce vitamin D. Vitamin D regulates calcium and phosphorus within the body and helps maintain proper bone structure, according to WebMD. 80-90% of the vitamin D we absorb comes from the sun, because it’s a reliable, easy resource. The body stores vitamin D in fat cells. “Just 6 days of casual sunlight exposure without sunscreen can make up for 49 days of no sunlight exposure,” WebMD explains.
Helpful as the sun is to us, it’s even more helpful to the whole planet. From plants and animals to survival strategies and evolution, the Sun shapes the course of life on Earth. This infographic from Solar Centre offers a beautiful visual summary:
You can click on the Solar Centre link above to see a high-resolution version of the graphic. If you want more information about how the sun does all these things, check out Bill Nye’s explanation below.
So get out there and soak up that sunshine!
How a cataclysm worse than what killed the dinosaurs destroyed 90 percent of all life on Earth.
While the demise of the dinosaurs gets more attention as far as mass extinctions go, an even more disastrous event called "the Great Dying” or the “End-Permian Extinction” happened on Earth prior to that. Now scientists discovered how this cataclysm, which took place about 250 million years ago, managed to kill off more than 90 percent of all life on the planet.
A new study discovers the “liking gap” — the difference between how we view others we’re meeting for the first time, and the way we think they’re seeing us.
We tend to be defensive socially. When we meet new people, we’re often concerned with how we’re coming off. Our anxiety causes us to be so concerned with the impression we’re creating that we fail to notice that the same is true of the other person as well. A new study led by Erica J. Boothby, published on September 5 in Psychological Science, reveals how people tend to like us more in first encounters than we’d ever suspect.
Using advanced laser technology, scientists at NASA will track global changes in ice with greater accuracy.
Leaving from Vandenberg Air Force base in California this coming Saturday, at 8:46 a.m. ET, the Ice, Cloud, and Land Elevation Satellite-2 — or, the "ICESat-2" — is perched atop a United Launch Alliance Delta II rocket, and when it assumes its orbit, it will study ice layers at Earth's poles, using its only payload, the Advance Topographic Laser Altimeter System (ATLAS).
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