'"On a cloudless, windless day in Pine Island Sound usually perfect for fishing, Capt. Chad Huff sees something that breaks his heart and threatens his livelihood: an 80- to 100-pound tarpon, probably a dozen years old, scales glistening like armor forged from silver dollars, bobbing on the surface.
Its lifeless body is beginning to bloat. Its eyes, ten thousand times stronger than a human’s, have clouded over.
'Horrible,' mutters Huff, a second-generation fishing guide. 'Eighty percent of what I get paid for is the pursuit of one of these on a fly rod.”
This is an extraordinary piece on the remarkable face transplant of a young woman named Katie.
"It is a story about breakthrough science and the doctors, nurses, and surgeons who created a medical miracle. It is a story about the most distinctive part of our body and the very nature of human identity. It is a story of second chances.
National Geographic spent more than two years documenting Katie’s face transplant, detailing the procedure in a way that has never before been seen. We were given unprecedented access by the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where the transplant was performed—and, more important— by Katie and her parents, Alesia and Robb Stubblefield."
Click on Katie's donor face to embark on an inspiring, and remarkable, journey.
What are supervolcanoes, and how catastrophic can they be? Learn how supervolcanoes form, where supervolcanoes are located, and how their destructive capabilities can make way for new life.
Nasa has launched a probe that will head closer to the sun than any other spacecraft before it. The Parker solar probe, a robotic spacecraft the size of a small car, launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Sunday, embarking on a seven-year mission which will see it flying into the sun's corona – the outermost part of its atmosphere – within 3.8m miles (6.1 m km) of its surface. Scientists are aiming to use the probe to collect data about the inner workings of the highly magnetised corona, to better understand the causes of solar wind.
Cleaner shrimp remove detritus from the skin and even the mouths of fish. But they're up for helping out humans as well.
"Whether we're alone in the universe depends on whether alien societies overcame the climate change their advances created, says a new book."
"Are we alone in the universe? It’s one of the biggest questions that haunts our imaginations. Astrobiologist Adam Frank argues in his new book Light of the Stars that we have never been in a better position to answer that question, thanks to a revolution in our knowledge gained by powerful telescopes like Hubble and space probes like Voyager. Indeed, the chances that there has never been another civilization in the universe are as low as one in ten billion trillion. But whether there is still one out there today is a more complicated question.
Speaking from his home in Rochester, New York, Frank explains how, after being rejected because of its New Age connotations, the Gaia Hypothesis has gained acceptance in the scientific community; how climate change is an inevitable feature of civilization building; and why we need to grow up as a civilization if we are to survive climate change." Read more.
“Red tides in the Gulf of Mexico and toxic blue-green algae in inland waters are killing animals and stoking outrage in South Florida...
"Does it feel stuffier?
"Did you feel that? Does it suddenly feel a little bit stuffier in here to you? Does it feel like, I don't know … outer space just got 12 miles closer?
Nothing actually moved, of course (unless you count the constant and increasing expansion of the universe). But according to a new study published online this week, it might be high time Earthlings shifted our mental and mathematical ideas about where, exactly, Earth's atmosphere ends and outer space begins. [Earth from Above: 101 Stunning Images from Orbit]
If astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell's calculations are correct, the cosmic boundary where the laws of airspace suddenly give way to the laws of orbital space might be a lot closer than we think — a full 12 miles closer than previous estimates suggest." Read more.