We Americans love our long-distance road trips. So much so that it’s practically a rite of passage for people of every background. We’ve memorialized these adventures through literary works like Steinbeck’s Travels with Charlie and through countless films like Easy Rider and Lost in America.
Yet, today’s road-trippers are more eco-minded than ever- conscientious about the environmental toll brought about by traditional petroleum-fueled cars.
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The environmental impact of cigarettes is well documented: For more than 30 years, cigarette butts have been the most collected type of beach litter. Cigarette butts also account for approximately 38% of litter items globally and can take about a decade to biodegrade.
Continue reading What Impact Are Vape Pens and E-Cigarettes Having on the Environment?
Self-driving cars are set to revolutionize the transportation industry. Alongside this, the advent of autonomous vehicles will also surely impact the environment – but whether the impact is positive or negative still remains to be seen.
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Jean Creighton, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Much of the technology common in daily life today originates from the drive to put a human being on the Moon. This effort reached its pinnacle when Neil Armstrong stepped off the Eagle landing module onto the lunar surface 50 years ago.
As a NASA airborne astronomy ambassador and director of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Manfred Olson Planetarium, I know that the technologies behind weather forecasting, GPS and even smartphones can trace their origins to the race to the Moon.
Continue reading 5 Moon-landing innovations that changed life on Earth
Even as late as 1991, we had no hard evidence of planets existing outside our solar system, known as “exoplanets”. Today, over 4000 exoplanets are known to exist. NASA has published an amazing video-map showing them in the Milky Way galaxy on the Astronomy Picture of the Day website.
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Now we’re living on a warm, hospitable planet. As Carl Sagan has said “That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.” We, humans, are the unquestionable rulers of our little oasis in a hostile universe. But all things must pass. The life on Earth, even the planet itself, won’t last forever. What’s more, the humans may go extinct before our planet (and probably before the life on it) dies out. Here some possible (and horrible) ways how planet Earth (or, at least, life on Earth) could die.
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According to a new study published in Science, the massive restoration of forested land at a global scale could help capture atmospheric carbon and mitigate global warming.
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On July 6, 2019, Saturday, a bolt of lightning struck a sailboat at the Columbia Yacht Club in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. The event has been recorded by a passerby.
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The blockbuster movie Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) involves more than just dinosaurs wreaking havoc. Humans are sent in to rescue some prehistoric critters on the volcanic island of Isla Nublar, and chaos soon begins. The volcano erupts, and everyone runs away as a roiling cloud called a pyroclastic flow approaches. At one point the main character disappears into the cloud. Luckily, some dinosaurs and humans in a strange glass ball fall over a cliff into the sea, and our hero splashes in not long after.
Continue reading What kills you when a volcano erupts? It’s not what you think
Mount Stromboli, one of the three active volcanoes in Italy (others being Mount Etna on Sicily – continuous activity, and Mount Vesuvius, near Naples – last erupted in 1944), has been in almost continuous eruption for the past 2,000 years. The last eruption took place on 3 July 2019. The exact moment of the event has been filmed in a sailboat.
Continue reading The exact moment of Stromboli Eruption filmed in a sailboat