So I was on Stumble Upon earlier and I found this awesome digital interactivity. It’s called The Scale of the Universe and it’s probably the most fun I’ve had all day. I recommended it to all my friends because it’s just that big of a deal! So now you have to check it out!
Whilst stumbling on this Scale of the Universe, I came across a glowing star out of the hundreds and I thought I’d see what it was about. Procyon it was called; the brightest star in the Canis Minor constellation. To the naked eye it appears to be a single star, but it’s actually a binary star. A binary star is a star system consisting of two stars orbiting around their common center of mass. In Procyon’s case, one main sequence star and a faint white dwarf.
Over the next 10 million years, Procyon will grow to 100 times its current diameter and become red. This is a result of Procyon’s hydrogen shift to helium. Our Sun will do the same thing in a couple billion years. Pretty crazy, huh?
While some species of sharks do need to swim constantly, this is not true for all sharks. Some sharks such as the nurse shark have spiracles that force water across their gills allowing for stationary rest. Because gills constantly need water running over them to allow their owner to breathe. Sharks do not sleep like humans do, but instead have active and restful periods. Scientists believe that some species of shark never actually go into deep sleep. Instead, these aquatic hunters will power down, lazily drifting along.
I StumbledUpon this article where sharks are ranked 3rd on Countdown: Strangest Animal Sleeping Habits. I believe they earned their spot on that list. Check out which animal made number one! Pawnation
Personally, I think the sharks were robbed. What do you think?
Hands down, one of my favorite websites of all time: StumbleUpon. Every college student should know about this site by now. It allows you the rare opportunity to be lazy and discover new and the very exciting things the internet has to offer.
Many of my posts will be over articles or interesting things I happen to stumble upon. I encourage anyone to visit the site if they want to learn something new or if they want a good laugh.
The way it works is simple. StumbleUpon is a discovery engine, which is another form of a web search engine. This means that it finds and recommends web content to its users. Some features include allowing users to discover and rate Web pages, photos, and videos that are personalized to their tastes and interests using social networking principles.
When you decide to check it out, create your own account. Don’t worry it’s free! Add some of your interests and you’re ready to start stumbling! Also add your friends to see what they’re liking. Add me as well, maybe we have some common interests. My username is thenderson713.
Have fun stumbling.