The world’s nights are getting alarmingly bright. A German-led term reported that light pollution is threatening darkness almost everywhere. The transition from sodium lights to LEDs, the so-called “lighting revolution”, was supposed to reduce energy consumption and bring back starry skies, but new satellite data indicate it’s not working out that way. Artificially bright night skies can create a whole host of health concerns for wildlife and humans.
Farming is hard work, and prehistoric women in Central Europe—who tilled and harvested fields, ground grain, and hauled crops without help from modern equipment—likely had the muscles to prove it. New research looking at the bone strength of European women living through the first 6,000 years of farming suggests they had quite the work ethic.
The concept of floating cities may sound like something from a science fiction novel, but it could become a reality by 2020. Seasteading Institute, a San Francisco-based nonprofit has been developing this idea since the foundation of the organization in 2008, and it has reached an agreement with the government of French Polynesia to begin testing in its waters.
Before the arrival of the sweltering summer in Japan, “melt-proof” ice cream has been launched. These special popsicles are ready to take on the summer heat without breaking a sweat. The ice creams comes from two different developers and both will be sold in Kanazawa City, the city with the highest expenditure on ice cream in Ishikawa Prefecture.
Five years after beginning its very long journey, NASA’s Juno spacecraft has sent back photos and scientific data of Jupiter for the first time. For centuries it was known that Jupiter, the largest planet of the solar system, was strange and weird. But we may have underestimated just how weird. The gas giant has a lumpy magnetic field, polar storms as big as Earth, and auroras are unlike anything scientists have ever seen.
As a part of Skyglow Project, two filmmakers are producing a set of stunning timelapse videos to point out to the problem of light pollution. In collaboration with the International Dark Sky Association, Skyglow’s two-person team has recorded some of the most stunning views of the night sky in recent memory.
High-speed cameras are certainly useful for slow motion, but they can also find their application in science. Elias Kristensson and Andreas Ehn, researchers at Swedish Lund University, have revealed the world’s fastest high-speed camera. It’s able to capture as many as five trillion frames per second, fast enough to visualize the movement of light.