Science & Mathematics Questions & Answers

Science & Mathematics Questions & Answers

At what speed does electricity travel compared to light?

Electrical fields in theory do transmit at the speed of light. In real systems, wires have capacitance and other effects that slow the propagation. Typical propagation speeds are 0.3 to 0.7 times the speed of light, depending mostly on the wire shape and size, characteristics of wire insulation, and interactions with other conductors.

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Are there people on Mars?

Percival Lowell, an American astronomer, thought he saw canals criss-crossing the deserts of Mars, when he observed the planet though his telescope early this century. He believed that these canals were built by a Martian civilization to bring water for irrigation from the planet’s polar caps. However, space probes have shown that the canals were simply optical illusions, and that …

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Are bats really blind?

Bats are not blind. Like many animals, they are born blind, but gain eyesight from the time they are seven to nine days old. Bats are night creatures. They come out only at night to hunt. Although they can see reasonably well they have no special eyesight possessed by other night creatures like the cats and owls. Instead, bats fly …

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Anyone for the shuttle?

When the first manned satellites went into space in the early 1960s, many people felt that the wildest dreams of science fiction writers were coming true. It was only about 50 years earlier that the first aeroplanes had flown. What amazing progress had been made in half a century! But in the next 20 years events moved still faster In …

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Amazing facts about animals

Amazing facts about animals — A captive, great brown bear of Alaska, a close relative of the fabled grizzly bear, weigh about 650 kilograms! The female Emperor penguin comes to the land, lays one egg on bare ice, then immediately returns to the ocean. The male keeps the egg warm for two months until it hatches, by rolling it onto …

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