17 Oct

If extremely cold winters are getting to you, you aren’t alone. In fact, as you get older, living in a cooler climate could actually be bad for your health. A Canadian team recently reviewed data as part of a large-scale study and found that an extreme drop in temperature can bring on a fatal health event in patients who suffer from heart issues.

To arrive at their results, the team analyzed more than 112,000 elderly patients who had been diagnosed with heart failure over a ten-year period. They monitored the patients during a 635-day period and found a higher risk of hospitalization or deaths between October and April than during summer months.

15 Oct

He may be known as a popular rapper but B.o.B, a.k.a. Bobby Ray Simmons Jr., is making news these days for something other than his number one hits. B.o.B has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for weather balloons and satellites to send into space. The purpose? To prove the Earth is flat, once and for all.

The rapper has become well known in recent years for his unconventional views on things. He is a proud member of the Flat Earth Society, which supports the idea that the Earth is not round. His Twitter followers get a regular dose of his thoughts on the matter, as well as his support of theories like 9/11 conspiracies and the dangers of vaccines. He has also posted mysterious tweets like this one, which implied that celebrities might be clones since they “can’t gain weight, and they can’t grow hair.”

13 Oct

As millions of people struggle to recover from the devastation wreaked by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, the world has watched in horror as pictures and videos illustrate the damage caused by hurricane-force winds.

But the accompanying foods and storm surges appear to have done significantly more damage. Some areas of Houston received more than 40 inches of rain during Hurricane Harvey. A few areas in Puerto Rico received similar amounts, leaving some saying that flood waters there won't recede or weeks or perhaps months.

Imagine, then, the damage that could be prevented if cities -- many of which consist of endless pavement, leaving room to drain water from only a 10-year weather event, not the 100- or 500-year events recently experienced in the American Southeast -- were entirely food proof. What would that look like?

About a decade ago, the city of Chicago began installing what are known as Green Alleys -- patches of permeable pavement that permit stormwater to drip through and be absorbed by the ground.

11 Oct

The old joke about certain, well, stripped-down hotels renting rooms by the hour got turned on its head some years back when certain hotels started renting rooms by the minute.

That concept has been stretched in a different direction by a London-based company that decided to take the Airbnb model -- where people rent out their homes, or portions thereof, to travelers on a day-to-day basis, just like a hotel does -- a step further.

Pop & Rest has actually been around since 2015. Its founders, known as Mauricio and Yoann, saw that the city of London had a need for tranquil and private spaces where people could take a break from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life and re-charge their batteries. The power nap was one possibility. But depending on one's needs, escaping to a cozy flat or a couple of hours could provide the energy needed to feel like a human being before emerging one more to join the rat race attendant to a crosstown commute.

09 Oct

Throughout Earth’s existence, mass extinction events have wiped out entire species, potentially changing the ecosystem permanently. In fact, scientists name five mass extinction events, with the most recent being the wipeout of dinosaurs approximately 66 million years ago. The cause of such extinctions has been proposed as asteroids, the Ice Age, and oxygen depletion in the ocean, but in some cases, the cause is unknown.

A possibly upcoming extinction event has experts reviewing those five previous incidents to see what they have in common. With each extinction event, the normal cycling of carbon was disrupted, either in the atmosphere or in the oceans. This brings concerns from scientists who are already well aware of the danger rising carbon emissions pose to our planet. The question is, could this changing environment cause a carbon jolt that could cause the sixth mass extinction?

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