11 Things We Learned This Week

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org.

This week, we learned …

an Alaskan village voted to relocate due to global warming, and Harley-Davidson is paying $12 million in fines over carbon emissions.

 

… what a star looks like before and after going nova.

Boom! From “The awakening of a classical nova from hibernation.” Przemek Mróz, Andrzej Udalski, Paweł Pietrukowicz, Michał K. Szymański, Igor Soszyński, Łukasz Wyrzykowski, Radosław Poleski, Szymon Kozłowski, Jan Skowron, Krzysztof Ulaczyk, Dorota Skowron & Michał Pawlak. Nature (2016) doi:10.1038/nature19066

Boom!
From “The awakening of a classical nova from hibernation.” Przemek Mróz, Andrzej Udalski, Paweł Pietrukowicz, Michał K. Szymański, Igor Soszyński, Łukasz Wyrzykowski, Radosław Poleski, Szymon Kozłowski, Jan Skowron, Krzysztof Ulaczyk, Dorota Skowron & Michał Pawlak. Nature (2016) doi:10.1038/nature19066

 

David’s imperfections could bring him crashing to Earth, but the richest families in Michelangelo’s Florence … are still the richest families in Florence.

This view of the David shows that Michelangelo carved the Biblical hero as a southpaw—left-handed, like Michelangelo himself. Photograph by Starkoss, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-4.0

You should look nervous, buddy. Your ankles are weak, and if you fall, you can’t get up.
Photograph by Starkoss, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-4.0

 

… it’s going to cost $8.2 billion to fix water quality in the Great Barrier Reef.

Photograph of the Great Barrier Reef by David Doubilet, National Geographic

Photograph of the Great Barrier Reef by David Doubilet, National Geographic

 

… why there are so many ties in swimming.

There was no tie for first in this heat of the men’s 100-meter butterfly at the 2012 London Olympics—that’s Michael Phelps out front. Photograph by Madchester, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0

There was no tie for first in this heat of the men’s 100-meter butterfly at the 2012 London Olympics—that’s Michael Phelps out front.
Photograph by Madchester, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-3.0

 

… there is an epic quest for Lewis and Clark’s poop.

Fort Clatsop, in Oregon and Washington, was the winter encampment for the Corps of Discovery from December 1805 to March 1806. But there is no physical evidence they were there. (These guys are re-enactors.) Photograph courtesy National Park Service

Fort Clatsop, in Oregon and Washington, was the winter encampment for the Corps of Discovery from December 1805 to March 1806. But there is no physical evidence they were there. (These guys are re-enactors.)
Photograph courtesy National Park Service

 

… the Mediterranean is showing its age with the oldest ocean crust in the world.

NOAA is going to have to update its purple legend by 60 million years. Map courtesy NOAA

NOAA is going to have to update its purple legend by 60 million years.
Map courtesy NOAA

 

… the man who created Bigfoot regrets it.

 

… in the Olympics of the future, genetic engineering will make performance-enhancing drugs seem like child’s play.

 

… a blind man uses echolocation to navigate city traffic by bike.

No, this woman is not blind, just stylish. Photograph by Wayne Lawrence, National Geographic

No, this woman is not blind, just stylish.
Photograph by Wayne Lawrence, National Geographic

 

… a 10-minute history of the English language.

 

2 responses to “11 Things We Learned This Week

  1. It’s really not easy to handle money.. The families who have maintained their records in Italy, chaina and in US for centuries must be proud to secure their wealth.. But I really think what’s the benefit to collect so much wealth,, we keep ourselves busy in earning money and one day we just leave this world without taking anything.. So enjoy the life!!!!!

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  2. It’s really hard for people of villages of Alaska.. It’s not easy to move to mainland they don’t have enough money to eat how will they pay for federal settlement?? And for some people it’s matter of emotions leaving their birth place is not easy.. Well we should secure our nature and reduce the hazard of global warming … Allah help those people….

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