You’ve Been Drinking Microplastics, But Don’t Worry—Yet

You’ve Been Drinking Microplastics, But Don’t Worry—Yet

That makes things difficult for the World Health Organization, which today released an exhaustive report on the state of research on microplastics in drinking water. Meanwhile, people the world over will continue to drink and eat and breathe microplastics, as scientists work frantically to better understand the potential impacts on human health.

Netflix's Hyperdrive Is American Ninja Warrior for Cars

Netflix's Hyperdrive Is American Ninja Warrior for Cars

Netflix took over 100 acres of an old Kodak plant to make a wild obstacle course that includes a six-story seesaw called the Leveler. None are full-time professional drivers, and each brings their own car, creating a mix that includes a Lamborghini Huracán, several drift-happy Nissans, a Ford Mustang and other American muscle, and more.

Melting Glaciers Are Helping Capture Carbon

Melting Glaciers Are Helping Capture Carbon

On average during the 2015 melting season, per square meter (to be clear, not in total ) these glacial rivers consumed twice as much CO2 as the Amazon rainforest.

Penn Jillette Performed a Séance at a Steven Spielberg Party

Penn Jillette Performed a Séance at a Steven Spielberg Party

This should have ruined the whole trick, except Spielberg actually picked the photo the magician needed him to. Find out more about Spielberg's bachelor party, and a few other of Jillette's magician secrets, in the video above.

A Night With the Platypus Scientist

A Night With the Platypus Scientist

“Platypus travel quite a few kilometers in a night, so you don’t want the net sites too close together,” says Brunt. Brunt tells us that very little research has been done on platypus in Queensland, which means conservationists don’t have the data they need.

SpaceIL’s Crashed Spacecraft Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon

SpaceIL’s Crashed Spacecraft Spilled Tardigrades on the Moon

The spacecraft was carrying the foundation’s first lunar library, a DVD-sized archive containing 30 million pages of information, human DNA samples, and thousands of tardigrades , those microscopic “water bears” that can survive pretty much any environment—including space .But when the Israelis confirmed Beresheet had been destroyed, Spivack was faced with a distressing question: Did he just smear the toughest animal in the known universe across the surface of the moon.

Water Bears Crash Onto the Moon, Cloudflare Ditches 8Chan, and More News

Water Bears Crash Onto the Moon, Cloudflare Ditches 8Chan, and More News

Water Bears Crash Onto the Moon, Cloudflare Ditches 8Chan, and More News. A crashed lunar lander left dehydrated water bears stuck on the moon, Cloudflare has ditched 8chan following this weekend's shootings, and electric cars enter the used car market.

Icy Waterfalls Are Roaring as a Heat Wave Sizzles Greenland

Icy Waterfalls Are Roaring as a Heat Wave Sizzles Greenland

As a glaciologist who studies the plumbing system of Greenland’s ice sheet, Gulley is one of the foremost explorers of these melt caves, called moulins. The study also projected that Greenland’s ice sheet will completely melt in the next 1,000 years unless society drastically reduces carbon emissions and bends the climate curve.

Scientists study eels by moonlight

Scientists study eels by moonlight

Eel larvae face a long journey from their spawning grounds in unknown parts of the Western Pacific Ocean to the freshwater rivers and streams of New Zealand where they spend most of their lives.

Jakarta’s Giant Sea Wall Is Useless if the City Keeps Sinking

Jakarta’s Giant Sea Wall Is Useless if the City Keeps Sinking

But deploying a sea wall is a massive political and engineering problem in any country, to say nothing of Indonesia’s struggles with a literal underlying crisis: Jakarta’s people are pumping too much groundwater, and consequently the land is collapsing underneath them.

Comic-Con's Unexpectedly Great Cosplay Moments

Comic-Con's Unexpectedly Great Cosplay Moments

"I wanted to photograph it with my own eye," Shannon says, "to find the weird, wacky moments that maybe aren't classic Comic-Con beauty shots.". "I felt so bad for those security guys," Shannon says, "Every five minutes they're like, 'Sorry, you can't stand there.

Did Marvel Just Save Comic-Con?

Did Marvel Just Save Comic-Con?

Did Marvel Just Save Comic-Con. During Marvel's panel at this year's Comic-Con International, Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi announced that Natalie Portman would be the new Thor.

Are Super Automatic Espresso Machines Worth It?

Are Super Automatic Espresso Machines Worth It?

DeLonghi and Saeco (owned by Philips) are two of the top brands in the super automatic world, so I tested out one of each brand’s midrange machines: DeLonghi’s Magnifica S ($800 - $1,100 on Amazon) and Saeco’s Incanto Carafe ($900 - $1,100 on Amazon) .Both the Magnfica S and Incanto grind, compress, brew, and dispense espresso with the tap of a button.

Lunar Mysteries That Science Still Needs to Solve

Lunar Mysteries That Science Still Needs to Solve

Zellner says the best way to settle the lunar cataclysm debate will be to visit craters where samples aren’t likely to have been contaminated by the Imbrium impact, such as the south pole or the far side of the moon.

The Best Things at Comic-Con Aren't at Comic-Con

The Best Things at Comic-Con Aren't at Comic-Con

Thursday morning, as the con opened with its first big Hall H panel, Comic-Con programming director Eddie Ibrahim took to the podium to give his usual address to the crowd.

Headed to Mars? Pack Some Aerogel—You Know, for Terraforming

Headed to Mars? Pack Some Aerogel—You Know, for Terraforming

It’s called a solid-state greenhouse effect—light penetrates the surface, passes through the translucent ice, and then hits darker regolith, which warms up. Could an insulating material create a solid-state greenhouse effect warm enough to make Mars habitable?

Gulf Fisheries Are Under Siege—Now Comes Tropical Storm Barry

Gulf Fisheries Are Under Siege—Now Comes Tropical Storm Barry

A historic slow-moving flood of polluted Mississippi River water loaded with chemicals, pesticides, and human waste from 31 states and two Canadian provinces is draining straight into the marshes and bayous of the Gulf of Mexico —the nurseries of Arnesen’s fishing grounds—upsetting the delicate balance of salinity and destroying the fragile ecosystem in the process.

Trees Emit a Surprisingly Large Amount of Methane

Trees Emit a Surprisingly Large Amount of Methane

But in a world where corporations plant trees to offset their carbon emissions, we badly need to know if their numbers add up, or if they are undermined by the complex chemistry of trees and methane.“In the seasonally flooded part of the Amazon, the trees become a massive chimney for pumping out methane,” says one researcher.

What Makes a Good Cooler (According to Physics)?

What Makes a Good Cooler (According to Physics)?

How well a cooler can do this will depend on three key factors: insulation, air, and ice. Open-cell is the type of foam that is used in soft-sided lunch totes and the like, while hard-sided coolers generally contain closed-cell foam in their walls.

This Jellyfish Robot Is Much More Than Just a Good Swimmer

This Jellyfish Robot Is Much More Than Just a Good Swimmer

At less than a quarter inch across, the magnetically activated robot mimics the entrancing locomotion of a jellyfish and uses the resulting disruption of water flow to manipulate objects, or to burrow to camouflage itself.

Spider-Man: Far From Home Is Full of Clues About the Future of the MCU

Spider-Man: Far From Home Is Full of Clues About the Future of the MCU

For all the twists and turns in Spider-Man: Far From Home —and it does have quite a few surprises—the entire film seems set on answering one question: Can Peter Parker be the new Tony Stark?.

How Remote Lakes Could Help Unravel the Mysteries of Microplastic

How Remote Lakes Could Help Unravel the Mysteries of Microplastic

The International Institute for Sustainable Development’s Experimental Lakes Area, or ELA, are testing grounds that allow researchers to isolate a pocket of water within a lake and add pollutants like hormones and flame retardants—and now potentially microplastics—and watch how the ecosystem responds.

NASA Will Send a Helicopter to Hunt for Life on Saturn's Biggest Moon

NASA Will Send a Helicopter to Hunt for Life on Saturn's Biggest Moon

The Dragonfly mission will spend two years flying around the surface of Titan, studying the moon’s composition and searching for signs of life. On Wednesday, NASA announced it will send a spacecraft to the surface of Titan , Saturn’s largest moon and one of the leading candidates for finding extraterrestrial microbial life in our solar system.

Desalination Is Booming as Cities Run out of Water

Desalination Is Booming as Cities Run out of Water

Some 30 miles north of San Diego, along the Pacific Coast, sits the Claude “Bud” Lewis Carlsbad Desalination Plant, the largest effort to turn salt water into fresh water in North America.

FAO - News Article: Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to improve farmers’ resilience to drought

FAO - News Article: Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to improve farmers’ resilience to drought

17 June 2019, Rome - Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovations, be it simple solutions or satellite-based technologies, will help prevent a drought from turning into famine and forced displacement and to reverse desertification, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.

Alphabet's Plan for Toronto Depends on Huge Amounts of Data

Alphabet's Plan for Toronto Depends on Huge Amounts of Data

On Monday, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs released more detailed plans for Toronto, the site of the Google sister company’s first attempt to bring its techified, digital-forward sensibility to a full-scale development project.

Cold War Spy Photos Show How Fast Himalayan Glaciers Are Melting

Cold War Spy Photos Show How Fast Himalayan Glaciers Are Melting

The study looked at images of 650 individual glaciers and found they have been losing a foot and a half of ice each year since 2000, threatening water supplies for millions of people who rely on Himalayan meltwater throughout large parts of Asia.

The Midwest's Farms Face an Intense, Crop-Killing Future

The Midwest's Farms Face an Intense, Crop-Killing Future

But, according to a report that DeLucia coauthored appearing in the journal Ecosphere today, if you’re a farmer trying to grow corn it means something very different: You need more water.

Ambitious NIWA-led Antarctic Ocean project gets go-ahead

Ambitious NIWA-led Antarctic Ocean project gets go-ahead

Understanding how the Antarctic oceans work is vital to predicting the world’s future climate and the implications of climate change for humankind and the planet.

Change Your Life: Bestride the Bidet

Change Your Life: Bestride the Bidet

“I got to not stress every time I went to the bathroom.” Tushy was founded a year later, promising, as Agrawal variously calls it, “the Model T of bidets” and “an iPhone next to your toilet.” It sits atop your existing john, a sleek control panel to the right and a nozzle hanging at the back of the bowl, just outside the average pooping radius.

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