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ocean plastics

We’re ruining Earth’s oceans one piece of plastic at a time

April 28th, 2021

Humans have irreversibly altered Earth in many ways, but one of our longest-lasting legacies will always be our invention of plastics. Plastics are cheap, durable, and easy to produce. They’re both a blessing and a curse, and plastic waste has piled up in every corner of the globe. Because most of our planet is covered …

mario kart economics

‘Mario Kart’ might teach us how to solve poverty

April 11th, 2021

Looking for solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems like poverty, environmental sustainability, and agricultural struggles in developing regions can be absolutely mind-bending. There are so many factors to consider that the sheer scope is overwhelming, and maybe that’s why it’s so hard to solve these kinds of issues. Sometimes it’s better to boil …

super earth

This newly-discovered exoplanet could reveal secrets of alien worlds

March 8th, 2021

Finding planets outside of our solar system is an area of research that has exploded in recent years. As new, more powerful observational equipment allows us to look into space with greater detail than ever before, spotting the telltale signs of planets orbiting other stars has become much easier, and new exoplanet discoveries are happening …

new earth layer

The Earth’s deepest secret was just revealed by scientists

March 4th, 2021

The research into what lies deep, deep beneath our feet has yielded precious few details over the past few decades. We all grew up learning that we live on the Earth’s crust, which is just a thin layer above the mantle. Beneath that, the outer core surrounds the inner core, and… well, that’s it, or …

space news

There might be a whole bunch of Earths in our galaxy

February 22nd, 2021

Scientists believe there are some very basic things that are required for a planet to support life, including water and an atmosphere.  We’ve yet to spot a planet that looks like Earth, with continents, water, and, of course, life. New research from the University of Copenhagen suggests that planets like Earth might actually be abundant …

pole flip

New research suggests a polar flip could be catastrophic

February 21st, 2021

Earth’s magnetic poles are constantly on the move, but they haven’t drifted far enough to actually flip in the modern age. Researchers know that Earth’s poles have flipped in the past, but opinion has been split over what effects such an event might have on the planet and its inhabitants. Now, new research suggests that …

mini moon

Earth’s latest visitor is about to leave us forever

January 28th, 2021

In late 2020 Earth got a new visitor in the form of what was originally thought to be a natural piece of space debris, such as a small asteroid. The object turned out to be a discarded rocket stage that was launched half a century ago and just happened to come back and get sucked …