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Forget What They Taught You In School, Jupiter Does Not Orbit The Sun!

It’s so big it has its own rules.

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We’ve been taught since elementary school that ALL planets in the Solar System orbit around the Sun. But adulthood comes with newer and more amazing information and this one tidbit will surely make you question what your science teacher has taught you. It turns out that Jupiter, the largest planet in the Solar System, does not actually revolve around the sun. For real.

See, Jupiter is a MASSIVE planet. This gas giant has 2.5 times the mass of all the other planets in the Solar System combined. Jupiter’s size affects its gravity with the sun; the center is NOT inside the sun but resides at a point in space located just above the ball of fire’s surface.

Contrary to what we’ve been taught at school, Jupiter does not actually orbit around the sun.

To give you an example: When the International Space Station (ISS) rotates around the Earth, both the ISS and Earth orbit their combined center of gravity. This center is just so close to the Earth’s center that its motion around the point is impossible to locate. The ISS describes the motion as a near-perfect circle around the whole planet.

Think about the way the Earth orbits the sun. The Earth is nowhere near Jupiter’s size. It orbits around the sun in an almost perfect circle. This is because the center of gravity is placed so close in the middle of the larger object so it looks like the bigger object (sun) is rooted to its spot while the much-smaller object (Earth) moves in a circle around it.

This is true to most planets in the Solar System such as Mercury, Venus, and even Saturn, the second largest planet.

This phenomenon is not applicable to giant Jupiter. It’s so big that its barycenter, or center of mass with the sun, is located 1.07 solar radii from the middle of the sun. It’s actually 7% of a sun-radius above the sun’s surface.

Here’s a GIF from NASA illustrating the phenomenon:

So even though Jupiter is still a fraction of the sun’s size, the planet is huge enough to have movement different from how the smaller planets move around the sun. But yes, you can safely say to your friends on a dinner party that Jupiter doesn’t orbit around the sun.

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Meet Google’s Guardian, Parisa Tabriz ‘The Security Princess’ Who Protects the Tech Giant

The topnotch security expert keeps the tech giant safe from black hat hackers.

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No matter what anyone says, nothing is ever unhackable on the web. Every day, as we share our lives online, we are exposing ourselves to the world - no matter what our security settings may be. It is important for each online user and for each tech company that caters to them to make security a priority. Take Google, for example, the tech giant that every web user is familiar with.

Google's weapon against black hat hackers is Parisa Tabriz. Every day, the company's 'Security Princess' and 'Browser Boss,' along with her team of about 30 security experts in the US and Europe, tries to hack their own company and works her magic to ward off malicious hackers.

Meet Parisa Tabriz, the 'Security Princess' and 'Browser Boss' of Google.

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Spine-Chilling Animation Shows the Scary Evolution of Nuclear Weapons

We’re so much closer to the end of civilization as we know it.

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Ever since those fateful days in August 1945 when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world has known of the destructive power of nuclear weapons. The fearsome mushroom clouds and blood-curdling radioactive aftereffects decades later resonated deeply throughout several generations.

It’s been over 70 years since that horrifying time, and nuclear weapons development has progressed beyond the Cold War and the Second Nuclear Age. The United States, Germany and Russia aren’t the only world superpowers with atomic bomb projects.

There's more of this out there than anyone can imagine.

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Lab-Grown Meat of the Future Is Not Far from Hitting Major Supermarkets

Are you open to trying alternative meats?

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Bruce Friedrich, the executive director of DC-based nonprofit The Good Food Institute (GFI), has his eyes set on making more people consume lab-grown meat. The American organization not only has plans to make lab-grown plant-based and cell-cultured meat commercially available in the US. They're looking to go global, too.

GFI was founded only a year ago, but it has grown rapidly and has been active in promoting lab-grown meat, also called cultured meat, alternative meat, and 'clean meat.' Meat alternative companies are said to be more sustainable and environment friendly, and they are receiving nods, or at least increased curiosity, from today's health-conscious consumers.

Cultured meat is grown in cell culture, not inside animals.

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