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World’s largest vertical farm opens this year in the US - ScienceAlert

A 21,031-square-metre vertical farm will open in Newark, New Jersey later this year, and is expected to grow close to a million kilograms of pesticide-free produce annually. Made out of an old steel factory, the farm will not only be 75 times more productive than a farm of a similar size spread across a flat, open field, but it requires far less to run.

Built by AeroFarms, which is a US-based company intent on creating more environmentally friendly farming solutions, the facility requires zero soil, 95 percent less water than traditional farms, and because it’s...

Awesome X-Ray Images Show A Python Breaking Down An Alligator | IFLScience

Last March we covered a video of a snake eating a whole crocodile. But what happened after? Now, we give you the X-ray images of a python digesting an alligator - you can literally see it being broken down day by day.

Scientists see deeper Yellowstone magma -- ScienceDaily

Seismologists have discovered and made images of a reservoir of hot, partly molten rock 12 to 28 miles beneath the Yellowstone supervolcano, and it is 4.4 times larger than the shallower, long-known magma chamber. The hot rock in the newly discovered, deeper magma reservoir would fill the 1,000-cubic-mile Grand Canyon 11.2 times.

Fish play a major role in restoring coral reefs | Gizmodo

Coral reefs are the most diverse and beautiful of all marine habitats, but they are slowly moving towards the brink of extinction. According to the World Resources Institute, some 75% of the world's coral reefs are now threatened and more than 20% have disappeared since climate and fishing disturbances have accelerated in the past 30 years. At the same time, only 27% of the world's coral reefs are contained within marine protected areas.


The map above was created using nearly 20 years of data from two satellites, which recorded lightning flashes from 1995 to 2013. The map looks at the average number of strikes per square kilometer. Areas with low amounts of lightning are colored purple and areas with higher amounts are in pink.

First Global Maps from Orbiting Carbon Observatory - NASA Science

The first global maps of atmospheric carbon dioxide from NASA's new Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission show elevated carbon dioxide concentrations across the Southern Hemisphere from springtime biomass burning and hint at potential surprises to come.

Ever heard of a living rock? | ScienceDump

This creature is called Pyura chilensis and resembles a mass of organs inside a rock. It is often found in dense aggregations in the intertidal and subtidal coast of Chile and Peru. It is a filter feeder that eats by sucking in seawater and filtering out microorganisms.


Like the planet itself, some data is constantly changing—so a static visualization will always be out-of-date. Cameron Beccario’s animated globe displays real-time data, at least to within three hours. Each time a user loads the web page, it shows the weather everywhere. Wind appears as gray lines with a so-called misery index—wind chill and heat index—as color underneath. Inspired by a live U.S. wind map published by visualization researchers in 2012, Beccario’s project can also display ocean currents and cloud cover. This view, from August 29, shows post-tropical storm Cristobal...

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