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Scientific Method

The goal of science is to answer questions about the natural world using the scientific method, which includes hypotheses and experiments to arrive at a conclusion.

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The Bermuda Triangle

The Bermuda Triangle

Credit: US Federal Government
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TBF_%28Avengers%29_flying_in_formation.jpg
License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Five Avenger torpedo bombers, called Flight 19, disappeared on a training exercise on December 5, 1945. The aircraft that was sent to find them also vanished. Was there something eerie at work?

Is the Bermuda Triangle Really Hazardous?

  • The Bermuda Triangle has points at Bermuda; San Juan, Puerto Rico and Miami, Florida.
  • Credit: Bermudan_kolmio.jpg: Alphaios. derivative work: -Majestic- (talk)
    Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bermuda_Triangle.png
    License: CC BY-NC 3.0

    Bermuda Triangle [Figure2]

  • An extreme number of flights and ships are said to have disappeared in a region of the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Some think that the lost city of Atlantis disappeared into the Bermuda Triangle.
  • Some paranormal explanations for the disappearances include spinning compasses, cosmic time warps, odd energy, and underwater aliens.
  • Some “scientific” explanations include methane gas bubbles, a magnetic field anomaly and a hole in the ocean.

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  1. If you are trying to prove or disprove the Bermuda Triangle, what question should you should ask?
  2. How many strange disappearances are there? Why?
  3. What are some of the reasons ships might actually get lost in the Bermuda Triangle? Are these reasons different from the reasons ships would get lost anywhere else?
  4. What happens to modern ships that enter the Bermuda Triangle?
  5. What happened to Flight 19?

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  1. [1]^ Credit: US Federal Government; Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:TBF_%28Avengers%29_flying_in_formation.jpg; License: CC BY-NC 3.0
  2. [2]^ Credit: Bermudan_kolmio.jpg: Alphaios. derivative work: -Majestic- (talk); Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bermuda_Triangle.png; License: CC BY-NC 3.0

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