Researchers aren’t quite sure of Ultima Thule’s exact dimensions. Because it’s so dark, at roughly 4 billion miles away, all they have to go on is the shadow it casts in starlight on New Horizon’s camera. However, Ultima Thule — formally known to astronomers as (486958) 2014 MU 69, a mouthful of a name — appears to be a peanut-shaped rock. NASA suspects it’s about the size of a metropolis, up to 20 miles long and 12 miles wide.
Life in Retirement: The 1950s vs. Today (Thomas R.)
The Social Security Trust Fund was solvent and not running at a deficit. This meant that retirees in the 1950s had no fear whatsoever that their Social Security benefits would stop. During that time, many more workers were paying Social Security taxes than those receiving Social Security benefits.
Meet Paul Ehrlich, Pseudoscience Charlatan (yogmonster)
Renowned scientist Paul Ehrlich has been in the public spotlight for half a century now. But there’s a question at the heart of the story of Ehrlich’s unlikely rise to prominence. A question that must be answered. Why is it that this entomologist has become such a superstar of science, received so many accolades and awards, and wielded such influence over the public conversation on population despite being so remarkably, consistently, staggeringly wrong about the issues he presumes to lecture the public on?
Implement a personal curfew. The safest place anyone can be at 2am is at home in bed. Roaming the streets in the middle of the night exposes one to gangs, drug sellers, and other dangerous people.
I knew almost nothing about bananas when I landed in Costa Rica in 2011. I was a young scientist from the University of Michigan on a scholarship to study abroad, with fantasies of trapping and identifying tropical fish in pristine rainforest streams. But the institute I was enrolled at brought us to a banana plantation, and from the moment I set foot on the dense, dark clay beneath that endless green canopy, my fish fantasy evaporated. I became fascinated by the fruit I found growing on large, towering herbs, lined up in rows in their tens of thousands.
Articles written by Dr. Bartlett for NPG over the last three decades dealt with such themes as the correct meaning of “sustainability,” and with immigration’s stimulation of U.S. population growth. Originally written in 1994, this version of Professor Bartlett’s masterful work Reflections on Sustainability, Population Growth, and the Environment was revised in 1998.
6 Benefits of Homemade Meals + 7 Recipes (Thomas R.)
Ben’s advice: “When we eat at a restaurant, we pay for not only the food, but also the costs of running that business. The lights, the water, the building, and the staff — in addition to the meal we are eating. The same goes for the pre-made or frozen meals at grocery stores.”
Can Compressed Air Drive The Next City Car? (Thomas R.)
Herjavec’s newest investment is called the AIRPod. Though it will most likely be slotted amongst similar alternatively fueled mini cars, like the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive or the Fiat 500E, there is no risk of misidentifying the AIRPod. This bubble-shaped car is less than 7 feet long, uses its front and rear windshields as doors and steers by a single joystick.
Energy Production & Changing Energy Sources (Thomas R.)
If we start back in 1800 we see that nearly all of the world’s energy was produced from traditional biomass (essentially burning wood and other organic matter). The world (predominantly the UK) was using a small amount of coal- only around two percent. Our expansion into oil consumption didn’t begin until around 1870. Two decades later it was followed by natural gas and hydroelectricity. By 1900, coal consumption had increased significantly, accounting for almost half of global energy (the other half remaining biomass, since oil, gas and hydroelectricity remained small).
A man, who is a member of the Orangutan Protection Unit for the International Animal Rescue non-profit organisation, can be seen in the video creeping under the animal with a dart gun.
The best way to save the planet? Drop meat and dairy (blackeagle)
There is no way out of this. Those who claim that “regenerative” or “holistic” ranching mimics nature deceive themselves. It relies on fencing, while in nature wild herbivores roam freely, often across vast distances. It excludes or eradicates predators, which are crucial to the healthy functioning of all living systems. It tends to eliminate tree seedlings, ensuring that the complex mosaics of woody vegetation found in many natural systems – essential to support a wide range of wildlife – are absent.
In the case of today’s infographic from Futurism, the predictions are courtesy of a team of “futurists, architects, technological forecasters, and sociological soothsayers” that were hired by Samsung to look at what life may be like in the year 2116.
World population to peak by 2055: report (From 2013, Thomas R.)
Sanyal said that while developed countries have long had low birth rates, developing countries like China, Russia, South Korea and Brazil now have the largest declines in fertility. He argued that poorer countries needed a higher total fertility rate (TFR) — the average number of live births per woman over her lifetime -– to maintain a stable population, due to higher levels of infant mortality.
In its report, the US Air Force said: “Modern aerial bombing has a substantial probability of success for diversion of lava from most expected types of eruptions on Mauna Loa’s Northeast Rift Zone, if Hilo is threatened and if Air Force assistance is requested.”
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