Monday, 26 August 2019

Science & Environment: New human organ, a celestial star eater, and a thawing Arctic

Science & Environment: New human organ, a celestial star eater, and a thawing Arctic


Plus: A seismic mystery is solved  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌    ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  
This week's latest in Science and Environment
National Geographic
In this edition: A new human organ, a black hole swallows a star, bananas face an existential threat, and more.
Photograph by Katie Orlinsky
      Arctic melt     
The Arctic is thawing. What does that mean for us?
As the frozen ground warms much faster than expected, it's reshaping the landscape—and releasing carbon gases that fuel global warming.
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further Map shows how ships navigate a melting arctic +
      On the inside     
Newly discovered organ may be lurking under your skin
Identified in mice, the simple organ most likely exists in humans, too, offering insight into how we experience pain.
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      Starstruck     
Astronomers probably just saw a black hole swallow a dead star
Ripples in the fabric of spacetime reveal what may be a first-of-its-kind cosmic collision.
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I THINK THAT'S WHY THEY STILL LATCH ON TO THE STORY...WOMEN WEREN'T DOING THINGS LIKE THAT IN THOSE DAYS AND SOMEONE HAD TO LEAD THE WAY.
SARAH RATLEY, 85/PILOT AND ASTRONAUT TRAINEE

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Photograph by Helene Valenzuela, AFP/Getty Images
      Fungal Infection     
The banana is one step closer to disappearing
A fungus that devastates banana plants has now arrived in Latin America, the Colombian government confirms.
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FURTHER: World food crisis looms if carbon emissions go unchecked, UN says +
      Shaky Ground     
A seismic mystery may have just been solved
Lab-made quakes suggest hints of activity should precede a big event, but this pattern has been elusive in nature—until now.
Crack it open
      tough as rocks     
New plastic pollution looks identical to pebbles
Though they look like rocks, these pieces of plastic are hiding in plain sight on the beaches of southern England.
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Image by Brian Jacobs
      bans on bans     
See the complicated landscape of plastic bans in the U.S.
A new map shows where states have banned plastic—and where states have banned bans on plastic.
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FURTHER: Cigarette butts are toxic plastic pollution. Should they be banned? +
What We're REading
Human-sized penguin fossil discovered in New Zealand (The Guardian)  ››
Researchers memorialize first major Icelandic glacier lost to climate change (Here & Now)  ››
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Animals: See an endangered species in every state, why lions live alone in this unique place, and much more

Animals: See an endangered species in every state, why lions live alone in this unique place, and much more


How the blue whale got its name.  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌    ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  
Beavers help salmon bounce back
National Geographic
National Geographic
In this edition: Check out an interactive map that shows you endangered and rare animals in every state; learn why flashlight fish glow; get updates from the world's biggest wildlife trafficking meeting; and more.
See a different endangered animal in every U.S. state
This interactive map highlights lesser-known endangered species across America.
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Video explainer: we finally know why flashlight fish glow
Scientists have found a new explanation for a behavior they witnessed in the largest school of glowing fish ever seen.
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Live updates from the world's biggest meeting on wildlife trade
Delegations from all over the world are gathering in Switzerland to discuss protections for more than 500 species.
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This is the only place on Earth where lions live alone
In the harsh deserts of northern Kenya, prides don't make sense. So lions have figured out another way to survive.
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      species stories     
Blue whales
Balaenoptera musculus is the largest mammal on earth, and its genus name means "winged whale" in Latin. Musculus means "muscular" or could also mean "mouse-like," and it's possible Carl Linnaeus, who named it, intended an ironic double-meaning.
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DID YOU KNOW?
The heart of a blue whale is as big as a small car; their tongues can weigh as much as an elephant.
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