Post-War Rebuilding and the Cold War: Crash Course European History #41

Sometimes, friendship isn’t forever. At the conclusion of World War II, the old structures of power were a shambles. The traditional European powers were greatly weakened by years of total war and widespread destruction. The USSR was looking to expand its sphere of influence in Eastern Europe, and at the same time, the United StatesContinue reading “Post-War Rebuilding and the Cold War: Crash Course European History #41”

Russia blows up a satellite, creating a dangerous debris cloud in space

The field of debris may be passing by the International Space Station This morning, Russia destroyed one of its own satellites with a ground-based missile, creating thousands of pieces of debris that have spread out into Earth orbit, according to the US State Department. The US has identified more than 1,500 trackable pieces of debrisContinue reading “Russia blows up a satellite, creating a dangerous debris cloud in space”

Trump’s Plot to Steal Arizona Was Even Wilder Than We Thought

A massive data dump of emails, texts, and documents show Trump’s allies were heavily involved in the bogus Arizona audit. For months now, we all thought we knew that the bogus Arizona audit was a clown show. But a new data dump of more than 22,000 emails, texts, and documents show just how wild it really was.Continue reading “Trump’s Plot to Steal Arizona Was Even Wilder Than We Thought”

Siberian wildfires dwarf all others on Earth combined

Smoke just reached the North Pole in a first. Smoke from massive wildfires in Russia’s Siberia region has reached the geographic North Pole “for the first time in recorded history,” according to NASA — while the forest blazes themselves are bigger than all the other wildfires currently burning in the world combined, one expert said.  The U.SContinue reading “Siberian wildfires dwarf all others on Earth combined”

Carl Sagan on Extraterrestrials – Blank on Blank

The incomprehensible vastness of the universe, the wonder of our own place in it all… Carl Sagan was able to explain the science of space in a way everyone could understand. Among his long list of roles and accomplishments, the Cornell professor and NASA advisor is possibly best known for the 13-part television series, Cosmos,Continue reading “Carl Sagan on Extraterrestrials – Blank on Blank”

During climate hearing, Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas asks if agencies can ‘change the Earth’s orbit’

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert knows jack shit about science. But that sure hasn’t stopped the East Texas Republican from making a litany of fascinating scientific observations. Anyone remember when he said climate change was great because it helps plants grow, that the Alaskan pipeline aided the sex lives of caribou or that he didn’t need a mask during the pandemicContinue reading “During climate hearing, Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas asks if agencies can ‘change the Earth’s orbit’”

Pictures from outer space reveal the extent of illegal gold mining in Peru

In the Madre de Dios region of Peru, a human-made wasteland brushes up against the border of the Amazonian rainforest. Over the past decade, small-scale illegal gold miners have transformed the landscape from tree-covered marshlands to a desert pockmarked with polluted ponds, leaking mercury into the local food web. Multiple government crackdowns have tried toContinue reading “Pictures from outer space reveal the extent of illegal gold mining in Peru”

NASA extracts breathable oxygen from thin Martian air

NASA has logged another extraterrestrial first on its latest mission to Mars: converting carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere into pure, breathable oxygen, the U.S. space agency said on Wednesday. The unprecedented extraction of oxygen, literally out of thin air on Mars, was achieved Tuesday by an experimental device aboard Perseverance, a six-wheeled science roverContinue reading “NASA extracts breathable oxygen from thin Martian air”

Microbes Unknown to Science Discovered on The International Space Station

The menagerie of bacterial and fungal species living among us is ever growing – and this is no exception in low-gravity environments, such as the International Space Station (ISS). Researchers from the United States and India working with NASA have now discovered four strains of bacteria living in different places in the ISS – threeContinue reading “Microbes Unknown to Science Discovered on The International Space Station”

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