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Radiation Levels at the Marshall Islands Remain Disturbingly High

The mushroom cloud from the “Ivy Mike” nuclear test over Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands on November 1, 1952.Image: Photo/Los Alamos National LaboratorAn analysis of soil samples, ocean sediment, and fruits from the Marshall Islands—the site of nearly 70 nuclear weapons tests during the 1940s and 1950s—has revealed alarmingly high levels of radiation, with…

Outside the Box: 5 signs you’ve found the perfect place to retire

Thinking of retiring but not sure where to live? Now that you don’t have to live close to your work, and your kids and grandkids don’t need or want you around all the time, where would you choose?  You’ve probably checked out the many articles, books, and websites describing sunny, warm, safe, and affordable places…

F1 2019 Review

There have been a touch over 100 Formula One Grands Prix since the sport’s controversial engine revision in 2014. Over half of them have been clinched by a single bloke, and more than 80 of them won by the same manufacturer. Terms like ‘boring’ and ‘predictable’ aren’t exactly the types of adjectives F1 bosses would…

Minit is a retro adventure game you play in 60-second intervals

It’s not uncommon for a mobile game to impose some sort of time-based restrictions on the player, but Minit takes that concept and runs with it in a very interesting direction. Published by Devolver Digital, Minit is a retro-styled indie adventure game that first launched in 2018 on PC and consoles, and has finally been…

Evolution of life in the ocean changed 170 million years ago

A calcified plankton sample dating back 95 million years. Credit: University of Plymouth The ocean as we understand it today was shaped by a global evolutionary regime shift around 170 million years ago, according to new research. Until that point, the success of organisms living within the marine environment had been strongly controlled by non-biological…

A Pair of Dutch World War II Shipwrecks Have Disappeared Off the Coast of Malaysia

UNESCO says that there are no fewer than 3 million shipwrecks lost beneath the waves, with many of their locations just waiting to be discovered. But for tourism purposes, the most interesting shipwrecks are those we already know about—and can visit. These 10 shipwrecks have intriguing stories, and they’re all places where you can step…

5 animals that could survive the apocalypse

Cockroaches will probably outlive us all. YewLoon Lam/Shutterstock In the grand scheme of things, humans are pretty fragile. Other animals, however, are essentially indestructible. Cockroaches are the most famous example of a living creature that could make it through the apocalypse. Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories. Humans have always been preoccupied with thoughts of…

Typhoon, Cyclone or Hurricane? Same Storm, Different Name

U.S.|Typhoon, Cyclone or Hurricane? Same Storm, Different NamePowerful tropical storms occur all around the world. What they’re called depends on where they form.ImageDamage from Hurricane Michael in Lynn Haven, Fla., in October.CreditCreditChang W. Lee/The New York TimesWhen one of the deadliest storms ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere roared through Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe in…

A Sunken Cold War Nuclear Sub Is Leaking Radiation at Levels 800,000 Times Normal

The bridge section of Soviet nuclear submarine Komsomolets, as photographed by an ROV. Image: IMRUsing a robotic sub, a team of investigators has detected traces of radiation leaking from Komsomolets—a Soviet nuclear submarine that sank 30 years ago in the Norwegian Sea. The recorded radiation levels are unusually high, but scientists say it’s not threatening…

Seabird clues to ecosystem health

Elegant terns (Thalasseus elegans) are precise predictors of the fishery catch per unit effort of the Pacific sardine in the Gulf of California.PHOTO: OCTAVIO ABURTO/ILCPFor millennia, humans have used seabird sightings and behavior as indicators of conditions of the marine environment. Seabirds are highly visible and nest in large colonies in normally constant locations, allowing…

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