Either we’re super lucky to be here and we took a huge step in our development so we’re the first, or we haven’t and that next step is ahead of us; which basically spells out certain doom because any alien civilization that came before us wiped itself out once it got to that step. Bill Bryson discusses the former in his book A Short History of Nearly Everything. As much as I want to “believe”, I’m going to bet on the fact that we’re just really really lucky to be alive. Of course some would argue if we’re lucky at all. Any who! Watch!
Researchers using laser scanning discover a network Maya roads and houses hidden under the jungle canopy of Northern Guatemala.
Using a new technology called LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging), scholars digitally removed the jungle canopy and were able identify 60,000 previously unknown Maya houses, palaces, roads, and structures.
Apparently teens are eating Tide Pods? Enough so that The SciShow created a video about it.
In the first 3 weeks of 2018 at least 86 American teens have gotten sick enough to alert poison control.
I wasn’t going to post about the Tide Pod issue itself. I just wanted to get to the following Reddit bit – but found the Sci-Show post, which happens to be a really interesting lesson on a really stupid behavior. You’d think that “don’t eat laundry detergent” would be enough, but if side effects like “vomiting blood and seizures” doesn’t change your mind… *shrug*
Anyways, onto the original post – Reddit has a /r/forbiddensnacks subthread that is laughable. Check it out.
YouTube Aviculturalist, A Chick Called Albert, rescued two tiny tiny bird eggs from imminent destruction. He was able to hatch one of the eggs and raise the tiny Wren to the point where it left the “nest” and was on its own.
I can only imagine the effort that goes into hatching and raising a tiny bird. Apparently you have to rotate the egg several times a day in the incubator. Then the feeding schedule looked intense. I have to imagine it feels great to see the little bird leave healthy.
The permafrost layer in the arctic is starting to thaw. How will the affect global warming?
Behind the door is a geological time bomb, scientists say. No one knows exactly how big the bomb is. It may even be a dud that barely detonates. But the fallout could be so large that it’s felt all around the world. Now there’s evidence that, in the past few years, the bomb’s timer has started ticking.
This is a terrifying read. The permafrost in the arctic contains a massive amount of organic material that has been frozen for 25,000 years. As global temperatures rise, thawing the permafrost, bacteria trapped in the frost will activate and start breaking down the organic material.
Half As Interesting has a brand new video that explains why there’s a rabbit proof fence dingo proof fence running on the eastern side of Australia. It’s pretty interesting – not that Australia needs help being interesting. I’m also amazed that they got through the whole episode without mimicking Seinfeld.