BETTMANN / GETTY Humanity may be as few as 10 years away from discovering evidence of extraterrestrial life. Once we do, it will only deepen the mystery of where alien intelligence might be hiding. by DEREK THOMPSON Enrico Fermi was an architect of the atomic bomb, a father of radioactivity research, and a Nobel Prize–winning scientist who contributed to breakthroughs in quantum mechanics and theoretical physics. But in the popular imagination, his name is most commonly associated with one simple, three-word question, originally meant as a throwaway joke to amuse a group of scientists discussing UFOs at the Los Alamos … Continue reading But, Seriously, Where Are the Aliens?
image edited by Fernando Kaskais Video by Tyler Hulett A volcanic eruption is often not the explosive, flash-flood-of-lava affair that persists in the popular imagination, largely thanks to the notorious event at Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Rather, volcanic eruptions can be disasters in slow motion. This is currently the case in Hawaii, where Kīlauea, a shield volcano, is releasing a ponderous lava flow that is wreaking havoc on local communities and causing mass evacuations. But Kīlauea’s prominence in the recent news cycle is deceiving; in reality, the volcano has been insidiously erupting for 35 years. Kīlauea’s slow-motion flow makes it the perfect … Continue reading Stunning Time-Lapse Footage of Hawaii’s Kīlauea Eruption
Illustration from The River by Alessandro Sanna “It’s a mercy that time runs in one direction only, that we see the past but darkly and the future not at all.” BY MARIA POPOVA “The past only comes back when the present runs so smoothly that it is like the sliding surface of a deep river,”Virginia Woolf wrote some years before she filled her coat-pockets with stones, waded into the River Ouse near her house, and, unwilling to endure what she had barely survived in the past, slid beneath the smooth surface of life. One midsummer morning seven decades after Woolf was swallowed by the Ouse, Olivia … Continue reading Life, Loss, and the Wisdom of Rivers
by: Edsel Cook (Natural News) Each year, eight million metric tons of plastic finds its way into the oceans of the world – with much of it coming from Southeast Asia. To prevent further damage, environmentalists, the plastics industry, and national governments have all taken steps to reduce plastic pollution and improve waste management, according to an article on Chemical & Engineering News. In addition, plastics companies and non-government organizations have teamed up to find new ways of collecting, sorting, and recycling plastic garbage, following a paper by researcher Jenna Jambeck from the University of Georgia in 2015. In her paper, Jambeck warned that annual plastics leakage could … Continue reading What is being done to limit the 8 million metric tons of plastic that escapes into the world’s oceans each year?
FRANK ROMEO/SHUTTERSTOCK From the water that covers most of it to the moon that orbits it, here are some bizarre things about our home planet that science still doesn’t completely understand. BY MEGHAN JONES Where did all the water come from? Water, water everywhere. It covers 70 percent of Earth’s surface and earns it the nickname “the blue planet.” And yet… where did it come from? How is it so abundant on our planet when it’s almost nonexistent throughout the rest of our solar system? Most scientists believe that when planet Earth formed, about four and a half billion years ago, … Continue reading 10 Biggest Unsolved Mysteries About Planet Earth
image edited by Fernando Kaskais Video by The Atlantic Author: Caitlin Cadieux “I’m not a fan of fiction that’s totally hopeless,” says Jeff VanderMeer, author of Annihilation, in an interview with The Atlantic, animated in the video above. “You find ways of documenting the world as it is, [with its] beauty, and you wind up redefining utopia and dystopia.” VanderMeer goes on to explain how, in writing fiction about climate change and environmental crises, he hopes to “push us out of our complacency.” image edited by Fernando Kaskais “We can’t live the way we live now,” he says, “but there are ways in which … Continue reading ‘Climate-Change Deniers Are a Cult’
by: Isabelle Z. (Natural News) Even if you don’t have any unhealthy habits, something that you do every day could be killing you: breathing. A new report from the Health Effects Instituteshows that more than 95 percent of the people on our planet are breathing in air that is unsafe. Unfortunately, it’s those who live in the poorest communities that are being hit the hardest. While cities are packed with people and can expose millions of individuals at once to unsafe air, the risk of indoor air pollution in rural areas should not be underestimated. Around 2.6 billion people were exposed to air pollution … Continue reading City life is KILLING humanity: 95% of humans living today are breathing polluted air, mostly from cities