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The search for Planet X / Planet 9 / Nibiru

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It’s the end of the world as we know it… again. In the last few weeks the tabloids and conspiracy theorists have been busy with another dire prediction that Nibiru aka Planet X and Planet 9 will trigger earthquakes, floods and generally the end of the world, this time it was meant to be on Nov 19th but as you can see we are all still here. The problem here is that Planet X, Planet 9 and Nibiru are often used by to describe the same phenomena of the thoroughly debunked theory first put forward by Nancy Lieder in 1995 …

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How Did NASA Lose a Mars Space Probe Because of Maths?

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For all the knowledge of the thousands of scientists and engineers in the space industry, sometimes the old adage “The best-laid plans of mice and men” can equally be applied to their efforts. This was certainly the case on the Mars Climate Orbiter mission of 1999 and this would go down in space history as one of the biggest facepalms to date. If you’re an avid comment reader, you may have seen comments on my videos about why I tend to use both Imperial and metric units, instead of just metric and the simple answer is that many people in …

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Why is the Sun hot ?

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Why is the sun hot?,  now before you jump on the comments and say “because it’s the sun, stupid” think about it, our sun is basically a giant nuclear reactor at the centre of our solar system but not like the ones on earth. They create energy by nuclear fission, that is they split large atoms like uranium into smaller lighter ones and in the process it releases large amount of energy. Atomic bombs also work in the same way which is why they are so destructive. The sun creates its energy by nuclear fusion, the most efficient way to …