Category: Science

The Amateur Photoshoppers Behind Dreamy Jupiter Photos

In the early 1880s, the French astronomer Étienne Léopold Trouvelot published a dreamy illustration of Jupiter based on his telescope observations. Back then, the gas giant looked, through telescopes, like a fuzzy, gray marble, a dust particle hanging in the night sky. Trouvelot, who in his life created 7,000 astronomical drawings, sought to add a little more detail to the…

This week I learned the dinosaurs could still be alive today if the asteroid had hit pretty much anywhere else, and more

Read more about the facts mentioned: Dinosaurs might not be extinct had the asteroid struck elsewhere (The New York Times) Daytime injuries heal twice as fast as wounds sustained at night (New Scientist) Different houses and rooms host more types of bugs than others (ZME Science) A penguin’s waddle is more efficient than your walk (who’s laughing now?) (Curiosity) …read…

200,000 Gallons of Oil Spill From the Keystone Pipeline

The Keystone pipeline was temporarily shut down on Thursday, after leaking about 210,000 gallons of oil into Marshall County, North Dakota, during an early-morning spill. TransCanada, the company which operates the pipeline, said it noticed a loss of pressure in Keystone at about 5:45 a.m. According to a company statement, workers had “completely isolated” the section and “activated emergency procedures”…

Democrats Are Shockingly Unprepared to Fight Climate Change

There’s a wrinkle in how the United States talks about climate change in 2017, a tension fundamental to the issue’s politics but widely ignored. On one hand, Democrats are the party of climate change. Since the 1990s, as public belief in global warming has become strongly polarized, the Democratic Party has emerged as the advocate of more aggressive climate action.…