How Does The Electric Chair Work?

As you might have seen in our worst punishments show, humanity has come up with some very gruesome forms of executing people throughout history. Ever hear the phrase “thrown to the lions”, which the Romans called “damnatio ad bestias”? Well not just lions, but all kinds of wild animals might have been called upon to […]

The Van Allen Belts Are Lethal, This Is How Astronauts Fly Through Them

There’s an invisible, magnetic force field surrounding our planet, protecting us from harmful solar wind that could annihilate Earth. But, this protective blanket is also a swirling ring full of deadly radiation. And to leave Earth’s atmosphere, astronauts have to pass through it. The Van Allen belts are rings of energetically charged particles that have […]