The reason North America has been getting walloped with storms in the winter.
In a recent study, researchers found that when the pollution particles from Asia’s cities get pushed into the northern Pacific, they interact with water droplets in the air, resulting “in thicker and taller clouds and heavier precipitation.” These strong storms then feed into weather systems to the east, most noticeably during the wintertime. With no end to pollution in sight, expect winter to worsen forever.
In 2008, Japanese astronauts took cherry tree seeds with them to the International Space Station. After 8 months and 4,100 times around the globe, the seeds came home and were planted in various locations around Japan. Four years later, some of the “space cherry trees” are now blossoming with just five petals—compared with around 30—a full six years ahead of schedule. Hypothesizing about the radical growth, one researcher said “there is the possibility that exposure to stronger cosmic rays accelerated the process of sprouting and overall growth.”
Researchers recently got some Prairie voles drunk and introduced them to new mates to see if males were always dicks and females always clingy under the influence of alcohol. The results? Humans are not animals.
According to Geoscientists, Mount Hekla in Iceland is ‘bulging.’ By monitoring the expanding surface via GPS, the scientists have determined that there is more magma under the crust than in 2000 when it last erupted and that it ‘could erupt soon’. Which means that if you have to go to Europe, get there fast and be ready to stay.
Beautiful work by Claude Cloutier
The newly discovered Anzu wyliei was 11.5 foot long, and weighed 500 pounds. The raptor with a beak, feathers, and extremely sharp claws roamed the earth 66 million years ago.
Psychedelic drug research is on the rise once again, and while the drug is not “a brand new antidepressant,” it’s definitely helping some.
The Blood Harvest by Alexis C. Madrigal
Each year, half a million horseshoe crabs are captured and bled alive to create an unparalleled biomedical technology.
The Mammoth Cometh by Nathaniel Rich
Bringing extinct animals back to life is really happening — and it’s going to be very, very cool. Unless it ends up being very, very bad.