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Thanks to Climate Change, The World’s Storms Are getting More Dangerous
Removing the climate change page from the White House site won’t do anything to slow the damage to our planet, just as refusing to “believe” in science won’t help your home stay standing when dangerous, violent storms tear it from the Earth. And those storms are getting a lot worse, says new research from the University of Houston.
Efficiency is usually a good thing, but not when we’re talking about the energy running around in the world’s weather systems. Energy in the Earth’s atmosphere is described by a formula called the Lorenz energy cycle. The new study takes a long-term look at data from this cycle….
Freakishly Resilient Plants Managed to Survive a 450-Day Ordeal in Outer Space
In an experiment conducted on the International Space Station, two different types of naturally-occurring algae were exposed to the extreme conditions of space. Incredibly, both strains survived. It’s a finding that could further our understanding of how life originated on Earth, and how colonists might be able to sustain themselves on Mars.
The subjects of the experiment, which was organized by researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology IZI in Potsdam, Germany, were a group of cryophilic, or “cold loving,” plants. After being subjected to wild temperature fluctuations, a near total vacuum, and blasts of cosmic radiation…
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