A report on the covid-19 pandemic as of 16:20 GMT on Wednesday 28 October 2020.
Overfishing typifies the capitalist approach to natural resources: exploit until exhaustion. Governments subsidize the effort.
Nature produces many wonders. One is the diabolical ironclad beetle, which is a little 6-legged tank.
Climate change befell and extinguished ancestors of humanity.
Glass lacks the molecular coherence which characterizes crystals. Despite this, glass possesses surprising strength and rigidity because of a secret skeleton.
Sound is the mechanical propagation of vibrational waves from the jostle of atoms. From a physiological and psychological standpoint, sound is the sensation of such waves in an audible frequency range.
Filamentous fungi grow by hyphal branching and extension, creating networks which serve as highways for motile soil bacteria on the go. But the bacteria must pay a toll for traveling fungal roads.
The world’s largest river basin, Amazonia once had half of the world’s rainforest. The Amazon is quickly being reduced to wooded patches and scrub lands.
Viruses selectively edit host genetic instructions to produce the bioproducts they want as part of viral reproduction. Viruses can do this because they understand life at the molecular level.
White mold is a plant disease caused by the sclerot fungus. A virus knows how to tame sclerot, and even make it beneficial to plants.
Hope uplifts when feeling beset. Yet some rare souls never feel beset.
2020 has been a watershed year. A look at the state of man’s relentless onslaught on Nature and what mitigation might be made.
Physics is the study of matter and its motions. Energy is the idea of propellant motion behind manifest matter. This imagined conception takes many forms.
Innate subconscious processing predisposes individuals to paradigmatic worldviews.
Insects are the only invertebrates that evolved flight. Their wings are a marvel of engineering skill.
Terroir is the French term for the distinctive flavors and scents from artisanal crops such as wine, coffee, and chocolate.
The world is rapidly hotting up. Heatwaves are frequenting in an accelerating trend. The toll on trees is severe, killing off the greatest terrestrial carbon sink.
Vehicles are a major contributor to polluting emissions which damage health and foster global warming. So too are the asphalt roads which they ride upon.
Copper has been prized for keeping water clean since antiquity. But at least one bacterium is positively electric about copper.
Quantum field theories are buttressed by mathematics which provide only approximations – too coarse to inspire confidence. Positronium illustrates the dilemma.
Civilization as we know it now will collapse by 2070 and humans will be extinct by 2100 – an obvious destiny. Why is humanity’s imminent demise not widely recognized?
There is no simple formula for how fast Earth is hotting up. If there were, 2 key components in the equation would be greenhouse gas emissions and temperature sensitivity to those emissions. Those 2 factors suggest that Earth is racing toward hellish heat.
Responsibility diffuses among animal groups, influencing behaviors related to safety and morality.
The hype that electric vehicles are environmentally preferable to petrol-powered cars is untrue.
The heat waves happening across the world this year are just a warming up of what’s to come. The most profound aspect of events is how nothing is being done to adapt.