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China Plans to Launch a “Fake Moon” to Save on Electricity Costs

They are planning to put the fake moon into orbit by 2020.

In terms of replicating stuff, it seems that China can do it all. From designer clothes to gadgets, there’s practically no limit to what the Chinese can copy. This latest venture will only enforce that belief. As the reports tell us, China is planning to create an “artificial moon” that will actually launch into orbit.

For what, you may ask? It’s to replace street lights and save on energy costs in the process. According to Chinese scientists, this man-made moon is essentially an illuminated satellite.

They plan to put the fake moon into orbit by 2020.

So how bright is this “moon”? They plan to make this eight times brighter than the Earth’s moon. It will illuminate the city of Chengdu, which is the capital of the Sichuan, a southwestern province in China.

The Chinese is aiming to save up to 1.2 billion yuan ($173 million) electricity costs yearly with this project.

Source: bbeled.com

According to Wu Chunfeng, chief of the Tian Fu New Area Science Society, residents in the province shouldn’t worry about the fake moon lighting up the entire night sky.

“It’s expected brightness, in the eyes of humans, is around one-fifth of normal streetlights,” he said to China Daily.

He added that the artificial moon could even assist during emergency situations, such as natural disasters and blackouts.

The three new man-made moons can take turns reflecting sunlight as they will not always be in the best position relative to the sun, and together they can illuminate an area of around 3,600 to 6,400 square kilometres on Earth for 24 hours if desired, Wu said.

It will only provide illumination for a 50-square kilometre area and will sit about 500 kilometres (310 miles) away. This will make it closer to the Earth than the real moon, which is 380,000 kilometres (236,000 miles) away.

Should this project become successful, China plans to launch three more of these artificial moons by 2022.

“The first moon will be mostly experimental, but the three moons in 2022 will be the real deal with great civic and commercial potential,” Wu added.

Scientists will test the first moon in an uninhabited desert before putting it up above the city. This is so that its light beams will not interfere with people or space observation equipment.

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“There Is No God,” Wrote Stephen Hawking In His Final Book

“There is no God. No one directs the universe.” – Stephen Hawking

He passed away last March 2018 at the age of 76 but British physicist Stephen Hawking, who is considered as one of his generation’s most brilliant scientists, isn’t done making headlines yet. In his last book published just recently, he discussed several controversial topics.

Entitled "Brief Answers to the Big Questions," the book tackles everything from Hawking’s belief about extraterrestrial life and the possibility of time travel, among many others. He also took time to speak about God and the statement has since gained mixed reaction from the public.

"There is no God. No one directs the universe," reads an excerpt from Stephen Hawking’s final book.

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115,000-Year-Old Bones Reveal Neanderthal Child Was Eaten By A Giant Bird

The story behind Poland’s oldest human remains is a little hard to swallow.

The oldest human remains discovered in Poland were found a few years ago, but it’s only recently that scientists have uncovered the unfortunate fate of the Neanderthal to whom they once belonged. Polish researchers recently identified the fossils as the remains of a human child.

The small hand bones were found in a cave in Southern Poland's Malopolska region, according to Science in Poland, a Polish government-funded site. Researchers recently did a lab analysis of what was first believed to be just animals bones, but some were eventually identified as human bones.

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Children Inherit Intelligence From Their Mothers, Says Science

Sorry, Dads!

In most cases, children consider their mothers as their first teachers. Way before young kids start schooling, their moms teach them to speak, read, count, and much, much more.

However, several studies are telling us that mothers play a big role in developing a child's intellect. As it appears, young ones actually inherit their intelligence more from their moms than their dads, according to experts.

Sorry, dads! But kids get their intelligence from their moms.

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