Category: Would You Believe?

Arctic explorer to swim seven seas for greater protection of oceans

Originally Published by The Guardian – British endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh is to undertake seven swims in the Seven Seas to highlight the need for protected areas in oceans around the world.

Celebrate solstice sun by viewing this cool solargraph

This date in science: First woman in space

Originally Published by EarthSky – June 16, 1963. Under the call name “Chaika” (Seagull), Valentina Tereshkova launched solo aboard Vostok 6 on June 16, 1963 to become the first woman in space. Part of her mission was to compare how the female body reacted in space to data collected in two years of male-only missions. She spent nearly 71 hours in space, orbiting the Earth 48 times.

Scientists Find Killer Fungus That Attacks Poison Ivy

Originally Published by Environmental Science – BLACKSBURG, Virginia, June 12, 2014 (ENS) – The poison ivy itch of summer could become a thing of the past for the millions of people who are allergic to the plant if the findings by Virginia Tech researchers are commercialized.

The Unlikely History of the Origins of Modern Maps

Originally Published by Esri -GIS technology has opened up new channels of understanding how the world works.

New magnetic material discovered

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Originally Published by BBC News – A highly sensitive magnetic material that could transform computer hard drives and energy storage devices has been discovered.

Adopt a shark and track it in Google Earth

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Originally Published by Google Earth- David Shiffman at Southern Fried Science has come up with a very innovative way to attract donations to shark feeding ecology project. If you make a donation of over $3,000, you will be able to name the shark and track it in Google Earth for up to two years!Their project has raised over $6000 so far (more than double their original goal), so it seems to be in good shape.

Earliest UK human footprints found

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Originally Published by BBC News – Scientists discover the earliest evidence of human footprints outside of Africa on the Norfolk coast in Eastern England.

2013 review: The year in environment

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Originally Published by New Scientist – This year may turn out to have been a turning point for the environment. Behind the usual headlines, there were some unprecedented developments.

Rain as acidic as lemon juice may have contributed to ancient mass extinction

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Originally Published by ScienceDaily-Rain as acidic as undiluted lemon juice may have played a part in killing off plants and organisms around the world during the most severe mass extinction in Earth’s history.