Over 190,000 Newly Discovered Viruses Are Lurking in Our Oceans, Here’s What You Should Know

If you didn’t think the ocean could get anymore weird, wonderful and kinda freaky…have I got news for you. There are viruses in it. A lot more than we previously thought. A new study reveals there are almost 200,000 distinct viral populations in the ocean. A liter of sea water contains anywhere between 1-10 billion … “Over 190,000 Newly Discovered Viruses Are Lurking in Our Oceans, Here’s What You Should Know”

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This Underground Economy Exists in a Secret Fungi Kingdom

New research has revealed that fungi—you know, like mushrooms—barter and trade with other organisms like little stockbrokers. Basically, there’s a whole economy of nutrients right beneath our feet that we are just uncovering. And yes, it can be pronounced either fun-guy or fun-gee, don’t even start, and their classification has been difficult, to say the … “This Underground Economy Exists in a Secret Fungi Kingdom”

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The race to save endangered foods

Every week this mystery box shows up at my doorstep. It’s one of those subscription boxes, except instead of dog toys or makeup, it’s food from local farmers. And I never know exactly what I’m gonna get. Got some salad greens, asparagus, and red corn..? But this wasn’t always such an unusual sight. If you … “The race to save endangered foods”

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The fractured politics of a browning America

How a more diverse America makes you feel is the core division in our political and cultural fights right now. But to see why, you need to know how we’re changing, and how a changing country changes us. Here’s the big picture. The U.S. is at a demographic tipping point – a genuinely historic moment. … “The fractured politics of a browning America”

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The Logistics of the International Space Station

This video was made possible by Brilliant. Learn with Brilliant for 20% off by being one of the first 200 to sign up at Brilliant.org/Wendover. Since November 2, 2000, the International Space Station has been continuously crewed meaning humanity has had a permanent presence in space. This importance of this station cannot be overstated—NASA has … “The Logistics of the International Space Station”

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The problems with rebuilding beaches

Imagine you’re on a beach. It’s flat, it’s wide. With pristine sand. Looks nice, right? Unfortunately, many beaches don’t look this way. They’re narrow, with steep cliffs, and waves breaking close to the property line. This is a beach that’s experiencing erosion. In America, about 80 to 90 percent of sandy coastlines have this problem. … “The problems with rebuilding beaches”

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Lead Poisoning Is Still a Huge Problem, But There Could Be a Quick Fix

Zapping water with electricity could save your life. Not something you thought we’d ever say? We’re shocked, too. By introducing an electric current into lead pipes filled with a harmless phosphate solution researchers at UC Berkeley were able to rapidly form a protective coating around corroded lead pipes, reducing leaching of this toxic element by … “Lead Poisoning Is Still a Huge Problem, But There Could Be a Quick Fix”

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How Much Heat Can Your Body Take Before Killing You?

It may be hot in the summer where you live, but here’s a question: how hot is too hot? Like, at what temperature does your body ACTUALLY start to break down? That escalated quickly. Well, so have the world’s seasonal temperatures. In Death Valley, one of the hottest places on earth, the average temperature for … “How Much Heat Can Your Body Take Before Killing You?”

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