Mythopaedia

MYTHOPAEDIA

By Udhay Aman Chopra and Siddhant Nagrath

FEBRUARY 2017
  1. Nature defies the laws of physics!

Bumblebee flight violates the laws of physics?

This was first mentioned in Le vol des insectes, a French book from 1934.

If you use the same calculations you would use to explain why airplanes fly,then it would be impossible for a bee to take off. Charlie Ellington, the Professor of Animal Mechanics at The University of Cambridge explained. “The vortex is a low pressure region above the wing and it sucks the wing upwards.”

2.Measurements lie to us and so do the measurers.

Is Mt. Everest the tallest mountain on the Earth?

The first fact I ever heard about mountains which many children did is “Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain on Earth.”

I never denied this fact until a few days ago when I was researching about scientific myths that this article is about. Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain “ABOVE SEA LEVEL.” The tallest mountain on the planet in any position is Mauna Kea. The Chinese and Nepalese weren’t happy when they read this but Hawaiians were celebrating. Mauna Kea is nearly a mile taller than Everest. 33,496 feet compared to Everest’s 29,035.

3. Light slowed down at the physiclympics at CERN.

Is light the Usain Bolt of Physics?

Light can move at the speed of 299,792,458 meters per second. But not the same speed in all media.

Light is known to be the fastest thing known to the common man. But, it travels 25% slower through water and 59% slower  through diamond. Photons have been outpaced by electrons(-), neutrons( ) and protons(+) in some cases like Blue Cherenkov radiation in a nuclear radiation where neutrons travel faster than light.

4.The Asteroid Belt is safer than a room which is guarded by Mossad and Black Cat Commandos!

The Asteroid Belt is dangerous?

A zone around 200-300 million miles from the sun is more safe than Z security 24/7.

The asteroid belt is an incredibly lonely and desolate void. A PhD who works at NASA gets really excited when one asteroid collides with another.BOOM! It is a surprising fact “ If you pulled all asteroids together, their mass would equal to about 4% the mass of the Earth’s moon.

The abominable snowman or by its traditional name yeti has long been a popular myth in several

cultures. What if this myth is true what if the snowman is true. The Himalayas are a vastly

unexplored region yet the explorers have come back with tales of large creatures in the snow and if

you look at the myth from a scientific point of view the snowman could be part of the bear family

following somewhat the same evolutionary pattern of the polar bear with some ape genes throw

into the genetic pot-stew.

Aliens, extraterrestrials call them what you will are probably the most popular myth in science. Our

planet is one of 8 in a solar system which a part of a galaxy containing millions of other suns. Again

there are millions even billions of galaxies and all the quintillion of planets can theoretically contain

life. Looking at gods language of numbers it would be statistically impossible if our earth was to be

the only one capable of containing life.

Time travel the theory of traveling back and forth across the dimension of time. Yes time is a

dimension the fourth dimension so should it not bend to the rules which other dimensions follow

the rules which allow us to navigate them in whatever direction we wish. So shouldn’t we be able to

travel back and forth in time as well. This is the theory HG Wells the time machine works upon. Other

theories involing Tavelling across dimensions or travelling on the lines of time. My personal favourite

theory is to find a particle faster than light so the cosmic speed limit would e broken and the flow of

time change.

These are three myths that are popular in science and this is the truth behind them.