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Repairing the Aral Sea
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Checking in on plans to restore the body of water before it disappears entirely. discovermagazine.com/2018/a...
Come Hell or Supervolcano, Humanity Will Be Alright
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Every year or so, a fresh rash of concern about the Yellowstone supervolcano spreads across the internet. While the likelihood of an eruption there remains remote, if the caldera were to blow, it could be devastating. Previous eruptions there covered much of North America in choking ash, and likely caused sharp drops in temperature that would decimate crops today.
Living through a supervolcano eruption certainly qualifies as a doomsday scenario. But, humanity might fare better than we thi blogs.discovermagazine.com/...
Scientists Record Volcanic Thunder For the First Time
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When a volcano erupts, it can spew a cloud of ash miles into the stratosphere. It makes for an impressive sight, and an even more impressive amount of sheer material — large eruptions can loft cubic miles of rock and ash skyward.
And, to add to the wow factor, the clouds sometimes spawn their own lightning. As the cloud swirls chaotically in its journey skyward, the jagged ash particles are rubbed against one another, causing static electricity to accumulate. Static electricity in nature blogs.discovermagazine.com/...
Where the Wild Things Aren't
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Writer Ceri Levy and legendary artist Ralph Steadman go gonzo with animals on the brink. discovermagazine.com/2018/m...
Fishing activities take up four times as much area as agriculture—and can now be monitored in real time
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The global footprint of fishing is even bigger than expected. But a novel monitoring tool could help put it on a more sustainable path.
To satisfy our hunger, we humans catch something on the order of one trillion fish ever year — a yield that amounts to more than 90 million tons of animal flesh.
We're clearly the top predator of the seas. But just how much of the oceans are being fished at an industrial scale, what are the patterns, and how are they changing over time? Answering those q blogs.discovermagazine.com/...
Making the Case Against Plastic Straws
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Walk the remote shores of the Great Lakes, far outside the city, and you’ll find miles of sandy beaches and quiet tranquility. You’ll also find plastic straws. Pink ones, white ones, clear ones. They’re everywhere.
In fact, visit any coastline around the world and you’re likely to find plastic straws. Conservation groups highlight them as one of the items most frequently collected during beach clean ups.
The reason isn’t hard to grasp. Whether you order an iced coffee or a Coke, chance blogs.discovermagazine.com/...
An Adorable Dumbo Octopus Stretches Its 'Wings'
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See this little guy? He's just emerged into the world, but the appropriately-named Dumbo octopus is already taking his first flaps.
Resemblance to a certain flying elephant notwithstanding, Dumbo octopuses actually live far below the ocean's surface. They're some of the deepest-living octopuses, and are so rare that this is the first hatchling that was caught on camera. The "ears" are actually fins that help them to swan about the seafloor.
Stretch Your Wings
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As Trump seeks climate funding cuts, new findings and the U.S. intelligence community highlight serious climate risks
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New research suggests that large parts of the world are headed for record-breaking extreme weather events. At the same time, the U.S. intelligence community has broken with President Trump on the threats posed by climate change and other environmental challenges.
Meanwhile, the president is proposing to slash climate science and renewable energy research while boosting investments in oil, gas and coal — the fuels driving global warming.
According to the new research, even if nations ma blogs.discovermagazine.com/...
In Iceland, Bitcoin Mining Could Suck Up More Energy Than Homes
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Mining bitcoin is not a task for your average Joe. As far back as 2014, researchers estimated that profitable bitcoin mining was out of the reach of commercial hardware. The increasing difficulty of solving the equations that yield the digital currency means that it takes an entire server farm today to make it worth it. And you also might have to move to Iceland.
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The tiny island country has become a hotbed of bitcoin activity because it's got an excess of two of the mos blogs.discovermagazine.com/...
Will Amazon's Indoor Rainforest Actually Benefit Its Employees?
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Amazon unveiled the newest addition to its Seattle campus today — three glass and concrete domes filled with a jungle's worth of tropical plants. The Spheres, as they're called, are meant to serve as a place for meetings and collaborative work. Communal spaces, many in the shape of nests, are scattered throughout the lush interior.
The $4 billion project is a chance for Amazon to flaunt its continued success and wow potential employees, but it could also function as a test of sorts. Green blogs.discovermagazine.com/...