The worst oil spill in American history has been slowly happening in the Gulf of Mexico. The leak has been going on 14 years and is growing. From The Washington Post:
Archaeologists have found the outlines of a Viking ship buried not far from the Norwegian capital of Oslo. The 65-foot-long ship was covered over more than 1,000 years ago to serve as the final resting place of a prominent Viking king or queen. That makes it one of the largest Viking ship graves ever found.
Experts say intact Viking ship graves of this size are vanishingly rare. “I think we could talk about a hundred-year find,” says archaeologist Jan Bill, curator of Viking ships at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo. “It’s quite spectacular from an archaeology point of view.” Read the rest of the story at National Geographic
New gene-editing technology could revive everything from the passenger pigeon to the woolly mammoth. But should scientists be playing God? Read the rest of the story at The Wall Street Journal.
A Grand Rapids, Michigan, man, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought a farm near Edmore, Michigan, in 1988. It came with a weird rock that was used to prop open the door of a shed. The former owner told him it was a meteorite that landed on the property in the 1930s.
When the new owner moved after a few years, he took the rock with him and continued to use it as a doorstop. Decades later, he decided to get the rock checked out after reading stories about a fireball of a meteorite that broke up over the Midwest in January. Read the rest of the story at CNET.
The spotted lanternfly, Lycorma delicatula, is a mothlike insect about an inch long and a half-inch wide. Native to Southeast Asia, it was discovered in Berks County in 2014. Already it’s threatening to harm more plants and crops than even the brown marmorated stink bug, discovered in Pennsylvania around the turn of the century and now wreaking havoc in 43 states. Read the rest of the story at Bloomberg
A supervolcano that could destroy humanity is ready to erupt — and NASA is trying to figure out how to contain it | Business Insider
Below Yellowstone National Park, there's a huge magma reservoir that's responsible for all the geysers and hot basins, bubbling away — and it's precisely this reservoir that has the potential to destroy humanity.
While the reservoir below Wyoming National Park isn't the only potential supervolcano in the world, Yellowstone is ready to erupt.
Roughly every 100,000 years, there's a supervolcano explosion, the consequences of which can be fatal: if Yellowstone were to erupt, it would result in worldwide hunger and a volcanic winter (the cooling of the lower atmosphere). According to UN estimates reported by The Guardian, an eruption could leave us with just enough food reserves for exactly 74 days. Read the rest of the story at Business Insider.
This is Lockheed Martin’s idea for a reusable lander that carries people and cargo to the Moon | The Verge
Amidst all of NASA’s recent talk about sending humans back to the Moon, aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin says it has come up with a design for a lander that can transport people to and from the lunar surface. The vehicle is just a concept for now, but Lockheed hopes that it could prove valuable for NASA as it pushes forward with its plans for human lunar exploration.
Lockheed’s spacecraft is specifically designed to transport people to and from a space station — hailed as the Gateway — that NASA hopes to build in orbit around the Moon. Since early last year, NASA has discussed plans to create a small habitat for astronauts that could live in the lunar vicinity. This Gateway could serve as waypoint for astronauts to live and do research, according to the space agency. And then from there, explorers could travel to the Moon’s surface or onward to other deep-space destinations such as asteroids or to Mars. The Verge
There are some fascinating things out there...this is one of them.
Japan's space agency (JAXA) has made history by successfully landing two robotic explorers on the surface of an asteroid.
The two small "rovers", which were despatched from the Hayabusa-2 spacecraft on Friday, will move around the 1km-wide space rock known as Ryugu.
The asteroid's low gravity means they can hop across it, capturing temperatures and images of the surface.
"Both rovers are in good condition," the agency confirmed on Saturday. BBC
When we, as a human race, apply ourselves using our fantastic brains we discovery wonderful things.
A goosefish in Rhode Island waits on the ocean floor for lunch to swim by. Extreme cold can kill these fabulous fishes if they get stuck in the shallows. PHOTOGRAPH BY BRIAN J. SKERRY See more at National Geographic
They leave a sticky residue everywhere, on your trees, your car...