Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

“[There are] 266,000 tonnes of [disposed nuclear fuel] in storage around the world, about 70,000 tonnes more than there were a decade ago.”

April 15, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/international/21720591-finland-shows-way-project-expected-span-100000-years-how-dispose

“[Vehicles] kill around 250m birds a year…[Controlling for body size, the] smaller a bird’s brain…the more likely it [will be so killed.]”

April 4, 2017

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21719776-new-evolutionary-pressure-may-be-work-avian-world-small-brained-birds

wired.com: “Apollo Astronauts Weren’t Just Heroes—They Were Fantastic Photographers”

March 9, 2017

https://www.wired.com/2017/03/apollo-astronauts-photography/

This articles includes some great photos.

“VX [is] the deadliest nerve agent ever synthesised…Just one litre of the stuff could kill 1m people, such is its potency.”

March 4, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/asia/21717823-worlds-most-toxic-nerve-agent-discharged-international-airport-brazen-even-north

craton: “an old and stable part of the continental lithosphere, where the lithosphere consists of the [Earth’s crust and] uppermost mantle.”

March 2, 2017

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craton

I looked this up after learning about cratons in an article I listened to this morning (http://www.economist.com/news/international/21717369-production-worlds-most-valuable-gem-may-be-about-peak-report-de-beerss).  Excerpt from the article:

Natural diamonds—as opposed to the synthetic ones mostly used in industry—were formed more than 1bn years ago deep below cratons, the oldest part of continents. There, between Earth’s core and its crust, the pressure was high enough and the temperature low enough for carbon to crystallise into its hardest form. There diamonds would have remained were it not for molten rock rushing through the mantle and drawing diamonds, garnets and other minerals with it, like a furious river pulling dirt from its banks, before erupting through Earth’s surface faster than the speed of sound.