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Extinction Countdown

Just 35 Devils Hole Pupfish Remain—Does Extinction Loom?

devils hole pupfish

One of the world’s rarest fish species just got a lot rarer. The latest twice-annual count of tiny Devils Hole pupfish (Cyprinodon diabolis) at their sole habitat in Nevada has revealed just 35 of the critically endangered fish remain, down from 75 this past fall. This is the lowest count since the species was federally [...]

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Observations

Gut Reaction: Human Colon Replica Demonstrates How E. coli Contaminates Groundwater

false color depiction of E. coli bacteria

Scientists are great at growing E. coli in the lab. They know exactly under which conditions various strains thrive. Unfortunately, there is only so much that can be learned from the bacteria’s behavior in an ideal, isolated and ultimately unrealistic environment. That is why a group of researchers at the University of California, Riverside, decided [...]

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Observations

Farmers Deplete Fossil Water in World’s Breadbaskets

aquifers-map

Irrigation has helped farmers feed a population that has now reached 7 billion people. But in many places farmers have overused underground aquifers that have taken thousands of years to form, drawing down the fossil water much faster than it can be replaced. The Ogallala aquifer in the American high plains, along with similar aquifers [...]

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The Countdown

The Countdown, Episode 14 – Inflatable Space Station, Monkey Launch, Lunar Hedgehogs, Martian Groundwater, Saturn’s Super-Sized Storm

[The text below is a modified transcript of this video.] 5) Inflatable Space Station We’re this close to having a bouncy castle in space. NASA just ordered an inflatable module that will attach to the International Space Station. Start up company Bigelow Aerospace won an 18 million dollar contract from NASA to build the Bigelow [...]

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