Happy Friday, everyone. Bit of a short roundup this week because I am currently on a whirlwind NW book tour/vacation and am poaching some Wi-Fi. I mean… I’m nicely borrowing it for a few minutes. So let’s get right to it.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but it’s been a bit of a trying week, and though I’m covering some important-yet-distressing stories, I admit that I went out of my way to find the good stuff, too. We’re all in this together.
This week, science will both enrage and delight you. We’ve got extinctions, global warming deniers, and conspiracy theorists, but also the world’s smallest movie and a beautifully terrifying trip inside an active volcano, plus a look at how pregnancy shapes evolution. Let’s go!
News in the real world has been pretty terrible recently; mercifully, science has brought us some things to smile about. Mars probably isn’t gonna get smacked by a comet after all, wet washcloths do interesting things in space, and it’s ok to have the occasional drink when you’re pregnant!
Welcome back to your weekly installment of science news! We’ve got massive storms on Saturn, Neanderthals in need of a good flossing, a medieval brassiere, baby manatee kisses, and some guys voluntarily standing under a nuclear explosion. Seriously.
Happy Tuesday, science fans! I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. Well, technically it was only one second longer than usual, due to a leap second being added to keep atomic clocks in sync with Earth’s slightly inconsistent rate of rotation. But I’ll take what I can get.
The Cassini probe recently discovered a thin atmosphere surrounding Rhea, one of more than 60 moons orbiting Saturn. The probe discovered that Rhea’s atmosphere contains 50 billion oxygen molecules and 20 million carbon dioxide molecules per cubic meter.