Frozen Zoos Are Genetic Archives For Hundreds Of Species

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Frozen Zoos Are Genetic Archives For Hundreds Of Species

Zoos are controversial places. It's undeniably cool to see a real, live lion up close, shaggy mane and all. But it's sad to think this wild creature lives its life confined in an often too-small, fenced-in public arena. On the other hand, important research is conducted at zoos that ultimately helps species survive. But on the other, other hand... You get the idea. If you struggle with the idea of a traditional zoo, you may prefer to learn about frozen zoos. Frozen zoos are facilities that house the genetic materials of a variety of species and subspecies, and are used to help them stay around. Yay for saving animals!

El Gordo Is The Biggest Galaxy Cluster Ever Seen In The Early Universe

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El Gordo Is The Biggest Galaxy Cluster Ever Seen In The Early Universe

The El Gordo galaxy cluster is big. How big is it? It's so big that it would take 3,000 Milky Way galaxies to equal its mass. It's so big that it weighs as much as 3 quadrillion suns. It's so big that a 2012 estimate said it was massive, and then a 2014 estimate said no, it's nearly twice that massive.

LuminAID Lanterns Are Solving The Natural Disaster Problem You Didn't Even Know Was A Problem

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LuminAID Lanterns Are Solving The Natural Disaster Problem You Didn't Even Know Was A Problem

When natural disasters strike, there are countless needs that require attention. Medical emergencies, of course, but infrastructural ones too, like clean water, warm blankets, and safe shelter. One vital need that isn't often considered? Light. Enter LuminAID. These solar-powered, durable and sustainable lanterns (which were featured on a 2015 episode of Shark Tank and got an investment from Mark Cuban) have provided light in the wake of disasters like Hurricane Sandy, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal.

Fish Don't Get Electrocuted Because, For One, Lightning Rarely Strikes Over The Ocean

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Fish Don't Get Electrocuted Because, For One, Lightning Rarely Strikes Over The Ocean

You're never supposed to use a hairdryer in the bathtub because the electric shock could kill you. So what happens to fish when lightning strikes? Why don't thunderstorms routinely kill off every animal in the sea?

Don't Wear Your Winter Coat In The Car

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Don't Wear Your Winter Coat In The Car

Parents do everything they can to keep their little bundles of joy toasty and safe during the chill of winter. Wool socks? Check. Long underwear? Check. Gloves, hat, and scarf? Check, check, check. But after you put that puffy coat on your little one (you know, the one that makes them look like a cute marshmallow), be sure to remove it before buckling them into their carseat. Wearing a coat in the car might seem cozy, but it can actually put your child in danger.