7 Secret Caves We’d Love to See Inside

While many people adventure to the tops of mountains to see impressive landscapes and panoramic vistas, there is a lot to be found underground as well. There are secret and hidden caves — big and small — explored and unexplored all around the world.While many people adventure to the tops of mountains to see impressive…

NASA Moon Trees Still Stand as Testament to Apollo 14

It's entirely possible a UFO has been somewhere near your home for decades. Yes, we mean a UFO from outer space, just not the flying saucer kind. The UFO we're talking about might be an "unidentified fir object." That's because a fir is one of several varieties of tree seeds that literally took a trip…

Blocky and Raw: Is Brutalism Architecture Making a Comeback?

Strike up a conversation about the world's most beautiful buildings, and it might be a while before anyone mentions an example of Brutalist architecture. There could be numerous French buildings on the list like the Palace of Versailles or something more recent like the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, but Le Corbusier's Unité d'Habitation in Marseille probably won't…

What’s the Coldest Place on Earth?

We all know the type. Certain people treat every conversation about bad or extreme weather like it's some kind of contest. Maybe their hometown is snowier than yours. Maybe they've lived through more blizzards. In any case, these charming folks can't resist a little meteorological one-upmanship.We all know the type. Certain people treat every conversation…

Got $250,000 Sitting Around? Become a Space Tourist

Billionaire Jeff Bezos's space launch company Blue Origin has announced it will sell its first flights into microgravity to the highest bidder.Billionaire Jeff Bezos's space launch company Blue Origin has announced it will sell its first flights into microgravity to the highest bidder.Blue Origin and its two greatest competitors in the "space tourism" field, SpaceX…

Scotland Could Become the World’s First ‘Rewilding Nation’

The worldwide populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish fell by an average of 68 percent between 1970 and 2016, according to the 2020 Living Planet Report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Ecosystem destruction has led to 1 million species — 500,000 animals and plants and 500,000 insects — being under threat of…

How Many Moons Does Saturn Have?

There's a race happening in our solar system, but it has nothing to do with gravitational mechanics or velocity. Astronomers who study the gas giant planets of Saturn and Jupiter are in a close competition to see who can discover more moons. At this point, ringed Saturn is in the lead — but exactly how…

National Chlorine Shortage Could Spoil the U.S. Summer

As the summer of 2020 was coming to a close, a buzz was sounding among those in the swimming pool industry — chlorine was becoming scarce, and it wasn't going to get better anytime soon.As the summer of 2020 was coming to a close, a buzz was sounding among those in the swimming pool industry…

Methane Emissions Must Be Cut in Half By 2030, U.N. Report...

Methane, the main ingredient in natural gas, is a larger climate problem than the world anticipates, and cutting its emissions will be crucial to slow global warming, a United Nations report released May 6, 2021, warns. The greenhouse gas is many times more powerful than carbon dioxide at warming the planet, and its concentration in…

How Riparian Buffers Work to Save Your Local Waterway

You may know that lakes and ponds and their related flora and fauna are important parts of Earth's biodiversity. Without them, numerous animals like birds, alligators, beavers, otters and snakes (just to name a few) would have no source of food or water, let alone a place to call home.You may know that lakes and…

Lapis Lazuli’s Royal Blue Color Was Once Considered Godlike

This prized material has been used to adorn great works of art from pharaohs' coffins to the Sistine Chapel, and it's also touted for its connection to "cosmic wisdom" and use in feng shui. In fact, it was once more precious than gold. We're talking, of course, about brilliant blue lapis lazuli, which can be…

Batesian Mimicry: How Copycats Protect Themselves

Pretend for a moment that you're not tough — you're kind of wimpy, actually, with no defense mechanisms at all. That's all well and good if you're lying on your couch right now, peacefully reading this on your phone, but pretend you're in 6th grade: The only really big downside to not being tough in…