A faithful male flying thousands of miles each year to join his handicapped female who cannot fly -- the story of two storks in Croatia, Klepetan and Malena, is one of love and devotion beating the odds. By late March, Klepetan was back in the tiny village of Brodski Varos in eastern Croatia for the 16th year in a row, after leaving his winter home in southern Africa. There he again met the love of his life, white stork Malena -- "Little One" in Croatian -- who was waiting to start having more babies, to add to the 62 the pair already have.
The apocalypse is upon us. If conspiracy theorists are to be believed, a giant mysterious planet is set to wreak destruction across Earth, the UK's Daily Express reports. Predicted to appear in theÂ skies on April 23, it should setÂ off earthquakes and volcanic eruptions withÂ its massive gravitational pull.
A new study into a phenomenon known as the ventriloquist illusion has shown thatÂ simply imagining an object while you hear a soundÂ can change how you later perceive that sound. The brain must constantly process the sensory information it is bombarded withÂ in order to present us with a picture of reality. Instead, the brain sometimes creates something that psychologists call the ventriloquist illusion.
Why are we so obsessed with productivity? Itâs a question Sam Altman is well-fit to answer. The 32-year-old Stanford dropout is president of Y Combinator, arguably the most successful startup incubator in the world. Altman is also the co-chairman, along with Elon Musk, of OpenAi, a nonprofit research company intended to advance artificial intelligence, andâŚ
The Environmental Minister of the Marshall Islands, David Paul, left the low-lying tropical islands last week and flew to London. He journeyed all that way to stand in front of a packed room at the United Nations International Marine Organization (IMO) and emphasize that Marshallese children may have to one day desert their ancestral islands and "set sail across the oceans to an uncertain future." The reason, Paul noted, is the "scientific fact" that rising sea levels stoked by human-caused global warming could put the Marshall Islands underwater sometime later this century. Â SEE ALSO: Locals call it 'The Tomb': What's in the Marshall Islands' concrete dome? Many of the inhabited Marshall Islands don't even reach 6 feet above the ocean. The airport sits 6 feet above sea level; the highest point in the capital is 10 feet above the water. After a week of negotiations, the IMO decided Friday on a plan to significantly slash the amount of carbon dioxide â a potent greenhouse gas â emitted from the world's shipping sector. Most large ships burn a notoriously thick, dirty fuel, known as "heavy fuel oil." In fact, if the shipping sector was its own country, it would be the sixth largest carbon emitter in the world â contributing around the same amount of emissions into the atmosphere as industrial Germany. The broad plan is to slash carbon emissions from ships to at least 50 percent of 2008 levels by the year 2050. The carbon-reduction strategy will be truly finalized by the IMO in 2023. Of the plans on the table, this was considered one of the more ambitious options, though Minister Paul had been pushing for even more aggressive cuts. Satellite imagery of Mili Atoll in the Marshall Islands, taken in 2016.Image: DigitalGlobe/Getty Images"We must leave here in no doubt. History has been made in the IMO," Paul said in a statement Friday. Though, he noted that the "job is far from over," as nothing has yet to actually be implemented.Â âIMO took a big step this week by agreeing to a mid-century emissions cap,â Dan Rutherford, the International Council on Clean Transportation's (ICCT) program director for marine and aviation, said via email. How will dirty shipping emissions be cleaned up? The IMO's lofty emissions targets might be three decades away, but achieving these ambitious cuts requires prompt action.Â âNext up is to start decarbonizing shipping by tightening energy efficiency requirements for ships this fall," said Rutherford. There are a few ways to begin slashing the carbon emitted from massive shipping vessels. A quick solution that doesn't require new technology is requiring all ships to slow down as they voyage across the oceans.Â "Speed factor has a strong influence on how much fuel burns and how much carbon ships emit," said Rutherford. A concrete dome, called 'The Tomb' by locals, caps radioactive waste from 1940s nuclear testing on low-lyingÂ RenitÂ Island in the Marshall Islands.Image: GIFF JOHNSON/AFP/Getty ImagesOther solutions, which could be implemented on ships by around 2025, involve adding innovative technologies to newly built vessels. This includes "wind assists" aboard ships, which essentially act as modern sails. Another option is "air lubrication," which involves blowing air bubbles below ships to reduce friction, lessening the amount of dirty fuel needed for cross-world voyages.Â Longer-term efficiency changes mean completely decarbonizing ships, so they're not running on oil at all, but fuels of the future, like hydrogen.Â Previously, 196 nations met in Paris in 2015 and agreed to a global effort to combat climate change, agreeing to cap future warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial temperatures. But global leaders did not include the marine, or shipping, sector in these climate plans. "Marine is the last group that doesnât have a climate framework," said Rutherford, before the IMO's Friday agreement.Â How big of a threat is sea-level rise to the Marshall Islands? Right now, sea levels are rising by between three and 3.5 centimeters (over an inch) per decade, Josh Willis, an oceanographer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in an interview.Â "We also know that this rate is accelerating," said Willis.Â Depending on how emissions are limited and how the world's massive ice sheets melt, this could mean 2 or 3 feet by century's end, said Willis. Or it could mean a devastating 6 feet. The Thwaites Glacier, a rapidly melting portion of the West Antarctic ice sheet.Image: nasa"Thatâs a difference between existing as a nation and evacuating to go live somewhere else," said Willis.Â He noted that the science here is indisputable. "We know it's
caused by global warming and human emissions of these greenhouse gases. The basic physics of the warming planet have been known for over a century," said Willis.Â But precisely estimating how much the world's ice sheets will melt into the ocean â specifically those on Greenland and Antarctica â is difficult to precisely predict.Â "Weâre watching them melt for the first time in scientific history," said Willis. "Weâve never watched something like this happen before.Â NASA is already seeing a rapid melting of Antarctic ice at its precarious edges. Here, ocean water beneath glaciers, like the Thwaites and Pine Island glaciers, can amplify melting. "They're melting like gangbusters," said Willis. "These are massive rivers of ice that are dumping just huge amounts of ice into the oceans." Big ships mean big emissions.Image: AFP/Getty ImagesLow-lying Pacific Island nations are especially vulnerable to this added water. The Marshall Islands are relatively thin rings of coral reef that once surrounded volcanic mounts â mounts that have long since eroded away. It's not hard to see why Paul pushed for such ambitious emission targets. "Climate change is an existential threat for them, and they have been pressing the case strongly," said Rutherford. Sea level rise itself isn't yet drowning the islands in water â though this may very well be the case on many islands by the century's end. However, the rising seas cause damaging floods during recurrent storms and high tides. "The storms are getting more intensive, weâre getting more cyclones," Jimmy Nuake, the Under Secretary Technical of the Solomon Islands' Ministry of Infrastructure Development, said in a statement at the IMO.Â "Weâre going to lose more islands," he said, citing the fact that almost five Solomon Islands have been lost since 1980.Â If global emissions aren't controlled, Willis said low-lying Pacific Islands will no longer be safe from storms that once weren't a threat. The impact to the islands won't be gradual, he said. It will come suddenly, when the right merging of sea level rise and storm whop the islands.Â "Eventually, theyâre going to get you," said Willis. WATCH: NASA needs you to send them pictures of clouds
Layers of squirming black soldier fly larvae fill large aluminum bins stacked 10-high in a warehouse outside of Vancouver. Enterra Feed, one of an emerging crop of insect growers, will process the bugs into protein-rich food for fish, poultry - even pets. After being fattened up, the fly larvae will be roasted, dried and bagged or pressed to extract oils, then milled into a brown powder that smells like roasted peanuts.
Japan is on track for a record low catch of baby eels this year, renewing fears about declining stocks of the endangered fish, a favoured summer delicacy for Japanese. At the end of March, Japan had 8.8 tons of baby "Anguilla japonica" eels in culture ponds, including imports from China, Taiwan and South Korea, according to a preliminary tally by the fisheries agency. The tally refers to baby eels caught in Japan, as well as those caught elsewhere in Asia and imported by Japan.
A vaccine is currently in development that might one day lead to a cure for the peanut allergy. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a nasal spray that, when administered monthly, prevents mice from having allergic reactions to peanut products. The researchers have spent nearly 20 years working on a way to immunize patients against peanut allergies, according to the University of Michigan.
Weinberg clarified the march is not an attack on President Donald Trump or his administration on their stance on science-based evidence. âI think itâs a mistake to make the conversation around science advocacy around Trump. This has been happening for decades,â said Weinberg.
Italian energy group Eni (ENI.MI) is considering stepping up its investment in nuclear fusion, potentially doubling down on a technology considered so uncertain that Eni remains the only global oil company prepared to place a bet on it. Eni and bigger rivals such as Shell (RDSa.L) and BP (BP.L) have been looking at moving into renewable energy as climate change, the falling cost of solar and wind power and a shift to electric vehicles raise doubts over long-term demand for oil. Eni last month committed 50 million euros ($62 million) to one of several projects aiming to produce energy by fusing atoms at temperatures as hot as the sun, a process seen by doubters as still closer to science fiction than commercial reality.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) â A barrel containing radioactive sludge ruptured at an Idaho nuclear facility, federal officials said Thursday, resulting in no injuries and no risk to the public but possibly slowing progress in shipping waste out of the state.
Forty-eight years ago, NASA achieved its âsuccessful failure,â saving the lives of three American astronauts who almost died on their way to the moon. The eyes of the entire nation were upon the Apollo 13 crewÂ as they watched the countryâs leading scientists and engineers try to save astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert during the April 1970 mission, the third that had launched toward the moon. Apollo 13 launched at 1:13 p.m. central time on April 11, sending Lovell, Haise and Swigert up on a Saturn V rocket.
The Feb. 7 CSMonitor.com book review of Steve Collâs âDirectorate Sâ was excellent. A previous book written by Coll, âGhost Wars,â was one of the finest ever written. Recommended: Could you pass a US citizenship test?
âAs the recent scandal over Facebook and the company Cambridge Analytica has shown, many companies operating in the new âdigital economyâ are, essentially, extractive industries,â write Eva Joly and Sorley McCaughey.
It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me. Schmidt is the director of NASAâs Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an astrophysicist, Iâd begun researching global warming from an âastrobiological perspective.â That meant asking whether any industrial civilization that rises on any planet will, through their own activity, trigger their own version of a climate shift. I was visiting GISS that day hoping to gain some climate science insights and, perhaps, collaborators. Thatâs how I ended up in Gavinâs office.
Dolby Laboratories chief scientist Poppy Crum tells of a fast-coming time when technology will see right through people no matter how hard they try to hide their feelings. Sensors combined with artificial intelligence can reveal whether someone is lying, infatuated, or poised for violence, Crum detailed at a big ideas TED Conference. "It is the end of the poker face," Crum said.