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In the latest bout of bad science reporting publications such as the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, CNN and a bunch of others have published articles claiming that a new study shows that eating a high protein diet is as bad as smoking.
“People who eat diets rich in animal protein carry similar cancer risk to those who smoke 20 cigarettes each day,” The Daily Telegraph
As usual, one has to look at the study itself (published in the journal Cell Metabolism) to gather what has actually been discovered.
“A diet rich in meat, eggs, milk and cheese could be as harmful to health as smoking, according to a controversial study into the impact of protein consumption on longevity.” The Guardian (at least they did use the word “controversial”)
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Writing for Pie Cubed is a lot of fun and I really enjoy delving into the sciency stuff that really fascinates me. However, it does take a lot of time and a lot of effort. Researching, writing, fact-checking. It’s almost like a real job. Which is why I’m asking for help. For YOUR help.
It’s an often quoted myth but it is not true at all that the Great Wall of China can be seen from space. From up high, above the atmosphere, it’s possible to see city lights and also, according to this Popular Mechanics article, the vast greenhouses of Almeria, in Spain.
The Great Wall of China is really rather long (over 6000km) but it is also very narrow, on average about 6 metres wide (ranges from 5m to 9m) and doesn’t stand out much from its surroundings. To be able to see it from near-earth orbit (160km up) you’d need to have triple the maximum visual acuity of a falcon.
But let’s pretend that the government of China decided to expand the width of the wall so that it could be seen from space. How wide would it have to be?
There is no dark side of the moon, really. As a matter of fact, it’s all dark. The only thing that makes it look light is the sun. Gerry Driscoll, Pink Floyd, “Eclipse”, The Dark Side of the Moon.
The moon is the only natural satellite of the planet we call home. It is much smaller (27% the diameter of the earth) and less dense (60% of the density of the earth) which makes it just 1.2% of the earth’s mass. It is also the second brightest object in the sky, after the sun. Here are six interesting facts about it including what colour is the moon, who landed on the moon first and why we left mirrors on it.