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Artificial snow might save a glacier in the Swiss Alps

May 4, 2017 - 12:13 -- Admin

Morteratsch glacier, like many others, is shrinking. A popular tourist and skiing destination in the Swiss Alps, this large river of ice is losing about 115 feet per year, and the locals are not happy about it. So they commissioned a team of Swiss and Dutch researchers to try to do something about it. Their plan: spraying artificial snow to stop the glacier from melting.

Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why dark matter matters (and is kind of our frenemy)

May 4, 2017 - 12:13 -- Admin

So dark matter is our frenemy. We have no clue what it is. It's kind of annoying. But we desperately need it in our calculations to arrive at an accurate description of the universe. Scientists are generally uncomfortable whenever we must base our calculations on concepts we don't understand, but we'll do it if we have to. And dark matter is not our first rodeo.

Wastewater injection played a role in Oklahoma's largest earthquake

May 3, 2017 - 11:07 -- Admin

It was a few minutes past 7:00 am on September 3, 2016, when the earth started shaking in Pawnee, Oklahoma. Goods fell from grocery store shelves, and sandstone facades tumbled to the ground. The quake was the largest recorded in Oklahoma history, measuring a magnitude 5.8. The magnitude of an earthquake is measured as the size of energy released at the quake's source.

Is breakfast really the most important meal of the day?

May 3, 2017 - 11:07 -- Admin

Most people have been perpetually reminded since childhood that breakfast is a must. But in recent years, nutritionists and scientists have called this crucial eating time into question. And despite a plethora of research, the scientific community still hasn't come to a solid conclusion as to when the best time to eat your first meal of the day really is.