Posts tagged with ‘earth

Earth’s upper atmosphere—below freezing, nearly without oxygen, flooded by UV radiation—is no place to live. But last winter, scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology discovered that billions of bacteria actually thrive up there.
Expecting only a smattering of microorganisms, the researchers flew six miles above Earth’s surface in a NASA jet plane. There, they pumped outside air through a filter to collect particles.
Back on the ground, they tallied the organisms, and the count was staggering: 20 percent of what they had assumed to be just dust or other particles was alive. Earth, it seems, is surrounded by a bubble of bacteria.
Now what? Read the whole story over at PopSci…

Earth’s upper atmosphere—below freezing, nearly without oxygen, flooded by UV radiation—is no place to live. But last winter, scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology discovered that billions of bacteria actually thrive up there.

Expecting only a smattering of microorganisms, the researchers flew six miles above Earth’s surface in a NASA jet plane. There, they pumped outside air through a filter to collect particles.

Back on the ground, they tallied the organisms, and the count was staggering: 20 percent of what they had assumed to be just dust or other particles was alive. Earth, it seems, is surrounded by a bubble of bacteria.

Now what? Read the whole story over at PopSci

In case you missed it… last Friday, the Grand Canyon filled up with clouds and it was amazing
A rare temperature inversion caused most of the Grand Canyon to fill to the brim with fog last Friday. Slight temperature inversions happen once or twice a year, but one that produces something this spectacular only happens once every few decades.
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In case you missed it… last Friday, the Grand Canyon filled up with clouds and it was amazing

A rare temperature inversion caused most of the Grand Canyon to fill to the brim with fog last Friday. Slight temperature inversions happen once or twice a year, but one that produces something this spectacular only happens once every few decades.

See more photos here

Sixteen people on things they couldn’t believe about America before moving here

We’re the land of the free and the home of the brave and all, but we’re also a constantly evolving society of immigrants and various nth generation  immigrants, always bringing in whatever else is out there in the world into one big cheesy, gun-filled super sized V8 melting pot. 

So when you ask 16 people the things they found weird or unbelievable about America compared to their home country, it’s an interesting list that shows some of the best things and some not so flattering things, but that’s how it is.

Read it here

NASA releases a gorgeous photo of Saturn, Earth, Venus and Mars all together in one shot
We’re teeny tiny dots compared to the majesty of Saturn, but there we are, the three little rocky inner planets just floating there in space.
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NASA releases a gorgeous photo of Saturn, Earth, Venus and Mars all together in one shot

We’re teeny tiny dots compared to the majesty of Saturn, but there we are, the three little rocky inner planets just floating there in space.

NASA link for biggerness

Historically unprecedented climates to arrive by mid century

While it’s not really much of a debate anymore as to the tremendous impact human civilization post-Industrial Revolution has had on the global climate, as of right now, for most people in modern, wealthy nations to actually see it happening. We see charts and we see photos of receding glaciers in the Himalayas and melting ice at the North Pole and hear about islands disappearing underwater in the Pacific, but most places, everything looks fairly normal. That is until around 2047-2050, when lush areas will be desert, areas of coast will be submerged and animals you take for granted now might be gone completely.

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Could the Earth survive the death of the Sun?

It’s generally assumed that when the Sun gets close to death, it’s going to expand and swallow up the inner planets before it contracts and dies. But is that 100%? Not exactly. It is possible our little baked rock could survive the death of the Sun, but it is pretty unlikely. 






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