Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Macron offers 18 scientists the chance to "Make Our Planet Great Again"

France's president Emmanuel Macron had an answer to President Donald Trump's decision to tug America out of the Paris Agreement: invite scientists to research climate change solutions in France. The Make Our Planet Great Again initiative now has its first class: 18 scientists from around the world. They'll move from institutions like Princeton University, Stanford University, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to France. Related:

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Scientists find the Earth's constant hum is best heard from the ocean floor

European scientists have determined that the Earth's unceasing humming is best heard from the ocean floor. Although the sound is far below the human hearing threshold, the Earth is constantly humming. While scientists have been aware of the Earth's humming since 1959, with more definitive research emerging in 1998, the source of the sounds remains a mystery. Nonetheless, recent research using ocean-bottom seismometer stations has provided scientists with a clearer picture of the phenomenon than ever...

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Trump signs directive to send astronauts to the Moon and Mars

President Donald Trump's administration has made overtures about sending American astronauts back to the moon. Yesterday, he signed Space Policy Directive 1, calling for a United States-led program with private sector partners to send humans back to the moon, and then to Mars. Harrison Schmitt, the most recent living human to walk on Earth's satellite, was present at the signing, which happened 45 years to the minute after he landed on the moon. Related:

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Video of starving polar bear rips your heart out of your chest

To more vividly portray the plight of the polar bear, conservationist Paul Nicklen recorded photos and videos of polar bears struggling to survive in a warming Arctic. With now-viral footage that Nicklen describes as so wrenching that "it rips your heart out of your chest," Nicklen hopes to motivate action to save the bears and their polar climate. If that fails, he hopes to at least document this tragic ecological period. "When scientists say bears are going extinct, I want people to realize what...

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Hanoi's koi cafe has a thriving ecosystem complete with an aquaponic garden

This café in Hanoi, Vietnam, hides a koi aquarium behind a traditional tile façade that resembles fish scales. Farming Architects designed the space as a small ecosystem with an indoor waterfall and an aquaponics vegetable garden. The café is nestled in an existing three-story building in Hanoi to which the architects added a steel frame. Its ground floor houses the fish pond filled with colorful koi carp, known as the Japanese national fish. The seating area next to it provides direct views...

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New 3D-printed algae could revolutionize the way we make things

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Scientists find surprising methane-based ecosystem in underwater Yucatan caves

Underwater caves have been described as one of Earth's final unexplored frontiers. And an international team recently dove into the flooded caves of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico and found methane-chomping bacteria. The compound offers the foundation of the food web in these caves, which have an ecosystem similar to that of deep ocean cold seeps. Related:

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