Science & Mathematics Questions & Answers

Science & Mathematics Questions & Answers

Can sunlight be stored?

Plants take in sunlight and combine it with carbon dioxide from the air and water and minerals from the ground. The energy of sunlight is stored in the leaves. Some of the sunlight gets stored underground. This stored sunlight is in the form of fossil fuels like coal and petroleum. Solar energy can be stored at high temperatures using molten …

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Can people create deserts?

Bordering the southern edge of the Sahara is a region called the Sahel. It extends from Mauritania and northern Senegal through Mail, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad into Sudan. The Sahel has an average annual rainfall of between 100 and 400 mm (4-16in) and, in the past, it was grazing land. From the 1960s, this zone has suffered droughts, so …

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Can people be born in space?

It is possible that people will be born in space and live their whole lives there. These space people will be human beings who have left Earth to live in space colonies. The colonies will be gigantic spacecraft, many kilometers across, in which there could be whole cities, together with fields and lakes. The colonies would grow their own food …

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Can continents drift?

If you look at a map of the Atlantic Ocean, you will see that the coastal shapes of the Americas resemble those of Europe and Africa. Might these continents have once been joined together like pieces in a giant jigsaw? A German meteorologist, Alfred Wegener (1880-1930), thought so. He wrote a book saying that, about 200 million years ago, all …

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Can babies really be born in test-tubes?

We hear a lot about ‘test-tube’ babies. These babies are not, in fact, born in a test-tube, but they do begin life in one. Medicine can sometimes help people who cannot have children. Normally, a new life begins in the mother’s womb when a sperm cell from the father fertilizes an egg cell from the mother. The two cells fuse …

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Can a scorpion kill a man?

Scorpion are particularly ferocious animals, even to each other, and so they lead solitary lives. They live in dry warm, areas of the world and in the wild hide themselves away in dark places, under logs or stones, for example, waiting for their prey. This normally consists of small insects and spiders. As scorpion cannot see very well they rely …

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