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The Florida Problem: A Special Report. Struggling crops. Salty aquifers. Invading wildlife. Piles of dead fish. The Sunshine State feels the squeeze of environmental change on its beaches, farms, wetlands, and cities. But what afflicts the peninsula predicts the perils that will strike north and west of Apalachicola, and so [...]
Wed, Jul 17, 2019
Source: Popular Science
Most communities aren't prepared for severe weather.
Most communities aren't prepared for severe weather. (Depositphotos/)Hurricane Barry brought the first big downpour of the 2019 season to the southeastern U.S. this weekend. The Category 1 hurricane, now downgraded to a tropical storm, may not have been very powerful as far as hurricane winds go, but it still dumped [...]
Wed, Jul 17, 2019
Source: Popular Science
The more permissions you grant to programs like FaceApp, the more data they can collect.
The more permissions you grant to programs like FaceApp, the more data they can collect. (FaceApp/)Internet phenomena have a tendency to come on strong and totally take over our social feeds, seemingly out of nowhere. The current meme dominating just about every platform involves an app called FaceApp, which uses [...]
Wed, Jul 17, 2019
Source: Popular Science
Mauna Kea is a valuable observatory, but tensions are high over its newest addition.
Mauna Kea is a valuable observatory, but tensions are high over its newest addition. (DepositPhotos/)Mauna Kea is special. On that much, every stakeholder can agree. But that’s where the agreement stops.The dormant volcano, whose peak is the highest point in the state of Hawai'i at almost 14,000 feet above sea [...]
Wed, Jul 17, 2019
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Space Age artifacts are bought and sold every day.
Space Age artifacts are bought and sold every day. (NASA/)Most people probably haven’t visited an auction house, but they are, perhaps surprisingly, rather accommodating of the masses. Last fall, I visited Sotheby’s New York offices, a gray and glass building near the East River. In the foyer, between a high-security [...]
Wed, Jul 17, 2019
Source: Popular Science
Hang out in the forest.
Hang out in the forest. (Pixabay/)For thousands of years, tents have been the shelter of choice for those sleeping outdoors. They offer cover, a way to keep off the creepy crawlies, and a sense of familiarity—we sleep on a flat surface in a four-walled structure every other day of our [...]
Wed, Jul 17, 2019
Source: Popular Science
In the 1660s, English doctor Richard Lower transfused lamb blood into a clergyman. These types of animal blood transfusions wouldn't be outlawed until the end of the 17th century.
In the 1660s, English doctor Richard Lower transfused lamb blood into a clergyman. These types of animal blood transfusions wouldn't be outlawed until the end of the 17th century. (Wikimedia Commons/)What's the weirdest thing you learned this week? Well, whatever it is, we promise you'll have an even weirder answer [...]
Wed, Jul 17, 2019
Source: Popular Science
Patients in treatment for non-small cell lung cancer during hurricane disasters have worse survival rates than those unaffected by hurricanes.
Patients in treatment for non-small cell lung cancer during hurricane disasters have worse survival rates than those unaffected by hurricanes. (Deposit Photos/)When Hurricane Harvey struck Texas in 2017, it flooded MD Anderson Cancer Center—which meant patients had their scheduled appointments and treatments cancelled. Leticia Nogueira, who was part of the [...]
Tue, Jul 16, 2019
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It's time to party.
It's time to party. (NASA/)Having a moon launch anniversary party? A moon landing anniversary party? Just love to sit around thinking about that good ol' moon of ours? The 50th anniversary of Apollo 11—the first moon landing—is on July 20, 2019. However it is you choose to celebrate the occasion, [...]
Tue, Jul 16, 2019
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Short trips don't require emtoo/em much baggage, but what about an extended stay?
Short trips don't require too much baggage, but what about an extended stay? (NASA/)Is Earth's fresh air, endless biodiversity, and (relatively) stable average temperature getting you down? Ever wanted to drop everything and jet off to a place where life is simpler—or better yet, nonexistent? Then take a 238,900-mile jaunt [...]
Tue, Jul 16, 2019
Source: Popular Science