Popular Science

Bending the Rules

Asking questions underpins all of science—and certain anti-science conspiracies. Proponents of a disc-shaped planet try to cast doubt on complex but robust facts about the physical world and put forward their own theoretical alternatives. Here, we answer some popular lines of flat Earth inquiry.

Stai leggendo un'anteprima, registrati per continuare a leggere.

Altro da Popular Science

Popular Science1 min letti
Why Disney’s Massive Lines Feel So Short
WAITING IN LINE CAN TEST EVEN the most patient person, but the happiest place on earth can make the longest of queues fly by. All it takes is these three tricks of the mind—no Disney magic necessary. When you wait for Space Mountain, for example, wal
Popular Science1 min letti
Mind Over Muscle
IN THE 1996 FILM SPACE JAM, Bugs Bunny supplies his demoralized Looney Tunes teammates with Michael Jordan’s “Secret Stuff,” which delivers the boost they need to win the game. But unbeknownst to Daffy and the gang, it’s just water. The scene depicts
Popular Science2 min letti
Anatomy Of A Laugh
THE OLDEST KNOWN JOKE DATES BACK NEARLY 4,000 years, and it’s a fart gag. The fact that we’ve been crackin’ wise for so long suggests there’s something innate about the need to laugh. Heck—chimps, rats, and perhaps even dolphins do it. Neuroscientist