Weekly wonders #13

Good morning. This is what happened in the news this week: Chat about this week’s newsletter with like-minded people on our Discord chat ๐Ÿ’ฌ! Not a subscriber yet? Get the newsletter here. Cosmos news A quick look at news from the big pictureย  An autonomous drone has outperformed human racing pilots for the first time, thanks to a new intelligent algorithm from the University of Zurich. ๐Ÿ”— Link Sydneyโ€™s sulphur-crested cockatoos are the first parrots known to have culture. Theyโ€™ve taught each other the reasonably complex behaviour of how to open the lid of closed bins. The behaviour started in 3 suburbs and has now spread to 41 ๐Ÿ”— Link Climate change-related wildfires and droughts are already affecting coffee, wine, marijuana, seafood, and even Christmas trees. The smoke of even distant wildfires can make wine taste ashy. ๐Ÿ”— Link Weekly wonders ๐Ÿก ๐Ÿ  Aquatic Life Certified Cutie Posted by golder55 ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น ๐ŸŒ Exploring Our World italian town of portofino Posted by After-Analyst-888 ๐ŸŒ† ๐ŸŒ Exploring Our World Thereโ€™s cities, thereโ€™s metropolises, and then thereโ€™s Barcelona. Posted by madrid987

Weekly wonders #12

Good morning. This is what happened in the news this week: Chat about this week’s newsletter with like-minded people on our Discord chat ๐Ÿ’ฌ! Not a subscriber yet? Get the newsletter here. Cosmos news A quick look at news from the big picture When a company sells you a product, they make all the decisions that determine how it is packaged. But as soon as the container ends up in the trash, the responsibility of disposing of it goes to municipal councils. The US producing 82.2 millions tons of packaging waste per year, so this is a major expense. Why is it like this? Maine has passed a new law which passes responsibility of waste back onto the companies that make it. ๐Ÿ”— Link Marine scientists have spent last month mapping 30,000 square kilometres of remote sea floor. They found a translucent octopus, a 40+ foot whale shark, and crabs stealing each other’s fish. Pics after the jump: ๐Ÿ”— Link The Hubble Space Telescope had a problem with powering its onboard computer, so our “Eye on the universe” has been shut for over a month. The faulty parts have been replaced and Hubble is back in…

Weekly wonders #11

Good morning. Quite a bit of climate action happened this week: Not a subscriber yet? Sign up here. You might also like our community Discord chat! Grab your invite here ๐Ÿ’ฌ. Cosmos news A quick look at news from the big picture Tree coverage in Europe has been growing for the last couple of decades, which is expected to beneficially boost rainfall. A new study found that if we continued to convert agricultural land to forest, it would boost summer rains by 7.6% on average. This would mean it will rain 107.6% of the time in the UK ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ”— Link Canada’s record-breaking heat wave from last week possibly killed 1 billion marine animals, and around 500 people – Climate change is already here. As Canada is among the world’s highest emitters of greenhouse gasses per capita, one can hope the tragedy incites political action. ๐Ÿ”— Link It’s always interesting to ponder how our personality arises from physical processes going on inside the brain. For the first time, neurologists have found where spirituality and religiosity might be ‘located’. It’s in the same region that’s implicated with fear, pain, unconditional love, and altruistic and maternal behaviour. ๐Ÿ”—…

Weekly wonders #10

Good morning. This is what happened in the news this week: Not a subscriber yet? Sign up here. You might also like our community Discord chat! Grab your invite here ๐Ÿ’ฌ. Cosmos news A quick look at news from the big picture A leaky gas pipeline created a pretty alarming scene in the Gulf of Mexico, drawing comparisons to the Eye of Sauron and to a gate to hell. It burned for 5 hours before being extinguished, and its environmental impacts are unknown. ๐Ÿ”— Link Canada and USA’s Pacific NW have been hit by a record heatwave, and is responsible for hundreds of deaths as temperatures reached 49.6C (121.3F) in some places. It is most likely linked to climate change. ๐Ÿ”— Link Engineers at MIT and Harvard have designed a face mask prototype that can diagnose the wearer with Covid-19 within about 90 minutes, and could also be adapted to detect other viruses or even nerve agents. ๐Ÿ”— Link Weekly wonders ๐Ÿ  Aquatic Life Nudibranches are some of the most otherworldly creatures on Earth Posted by the_karma_llama ๐Ÿ  Aquatic Life Someone is getting away! Posted by mudpoision21 These lily pads create ah interesting geometric pattern ๐ŸŒป…