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The Fermi Paradox
Image Caption: The Hubble eXtreme Deep Field, one of the deepest images ever taken of space, contains over 5500 galaxies spanning back to the very origins of the universe.
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Are we alone in the universe?
One of the deepest and most thought-provoking questions ever asked in history still remains unanswered to this day, despite the best efforts of all the world’s scientists and researchers scouring the depths of space for a sign of intelligent life. We search for radio signals, planetary structures, interference patterns - anything we could associate with the design of intelligent beings. But the hushed truth of the matter is that we don’t really know what we’re looking for. The only form of intelligence we’ve ever known is our own, and our entire perspective on the universe is invariably human. Our every policy and perspective comes from our own filters of experience, the knowledge base that began with our evolution and grows and falters with each generation.
We don’t know what intelligence really looks like on other worlds. We don’t even really know what intelligence is. For all of our perceived advancements, there is really no way to objectively know anything at all. We see the stars only through our own eyes. Perhaps, more than anything, this is the driving force behind our longing to find life in the stars - not a sense of insignificance, but a sense of belonging. We have been isolated on this tiny world for as long as any of us can remember. We have told stories of how we came to be here, studied the features around us, and asserted what we believe to be the truth, the paradigm, the fundamental underlying law of all that exists. But all that any of us really wants is to understand. We want to know why we are here.
Perhaps there are others, we wonder; perhaps out there among the lights there are people like us who look and wonder as we do. We search for what we are familiar with, signs of bipedal tool manipulation and carbon gene bases, ecosystems and sciences resembling those we know from home. We have grown accustomed to the belief that our natural world is consistent and explainable, fully rational and organized under the great ontological matrix of scientific knowledge. I believe that it is in this assumption that we may overlook what lies beneath; that perhaps those numbers change, that perhaps what we call science today will become the religions and tribal legends of yesterday. In the blink of an eye, all will change and repeat itself again. Nothing seems certain for us. And we are afraid.
Out there in the stars, there may be billions of others, countlessly arising from the humble origins of molecular development, growing as we do into doubt and certainty until disappearing into mystery. I believe there is far more to this Fermi Paradox than scientists acknowledge; that perhaps the fact that we have never found others does not mean they do not exist. It just means we have been looking in the wrong ways. We have only been searching for such a short time, and our eyes have not yet adjusted to the darkness all around us. Maybe the secrets aren’t so far from us. Maybe, if we look inside of ourselves, answers are closer to the heart. Our greatest fear has always been being alone, but maybe that’s it. Maybe we’ve never been alone.
Bill Nye Saves the World
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By Ari Cable (Heath and Fitness Link Editor)
We all know and love Bill Nye the Science Guy, well he’s back with a new show on Netflix. There will be special guests, lots of experiments, and more science than ever. Guests will join him in his laboratory. Each of the episodes are around 30 minutes long which is a perfect amount of time to chill on the couch with some snacks and actually learn some stuff about science. From 1993-1998, Bill Nye the Science Guy ran on PBS to bring education to the tv. He made science and engineering topics seem more interesting for students all over. His shows covered all topics from planets to rocks and animals to plants. His shows are still shown in classrooms all around the country for students to learn in a different way but also in a way that is enjoyable and for sure not boring.
I always remembered going into class and when we would start a new unit we’d get to watch Bill Nye to kick off the unit. I loved watching his shows because I got to learn in a new way and see him do experiments that we couldn’t do in the classroom but gave us a better understanding on how it worked. He also made the bowtie look super sciency. I think he gives kids a way to learn science without feeling as if it is just another boring lecture. Also his theme song was always a class favorite. Every time the teacher would start an episode, our whole class would break out into song and dance since we knew the entire song by heart.
His new show, Bill Nye Saves the World, will release on April 21, 2017. Go head over to Netflix and give it a watch!!
Published by 4/25/17
Caden Michael Collier
Freshman at CCHS
Last Updated: 5/25/17
5 Random Science Facts:
1. The average human body carries ten times the amount of bacterial cells, to human cell.
2. A single lightning bolt has enough power to cook 100,000 pieces of toast.
3. More germs are transferred shaking hands, than kissing.
4. Human saliva contains a painkiller called Opiorphin, which is six more times powerful than morphine.
5. In the Milky Way alone, there can be as many as 100 billion Earth-like planets.