The Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect first detected in the state in 2012, has now spread to 39 Connecticut towns. That’s up from just five towns two years ago. The most recent addition? Bridgeport.
New research is confirming what scientists have long known — alpha meerkats have a dark side, driving them to prevent their daughters from breeding and to kill their grandchildren.
I’m off to conquer the weekend. See you back here on Monday.
Space Age magazine cover, March 1952.
That was the question asked in a study co-authored by Dutch economist Bart Bronnenberg and three researchers from the University of Chicago. Their conclusion? Yes. The more informed you are, the less likely you are to buy national brands.
Happy Thursday! Since the past few days have been filled with sweltering heat, enjoy some facts about one of my favorite Antarctic critters, the King penguin:
- They have been known to dive to a maximum of 322 meters (1056 ft.).
- King penguins are the second largest of all penguin species.
- Their bill has a stripe on the lower mandible that can vary in color from pinkish-red to orange. Scientists aren’t sure of its function, but think it might signal sexual maturity or social standing.
- The animals don’t reach full adult coloration until three years of age.
- While they prefer to live on islands surrounding Antarctica, some wandering penguins have been found as far north as Brazil and South Africa.
- Penguin colonies can approach 40,000 breeding pairs.
Source: University of Michigan Museum of Zoology
Mosquitoes trapped in East Haven are the first this year to test positive for West Nile Virus.
What if you could plug your brain into a device that instantly made learning a language easier? Or helped you to quit smoking or battle depression? That’s the idea behind “transcranial direct-current stimulation,” which uses a simple 9-volt battery to kick your brain into overdrive.
"The most profound lesson I’ve learned from the Lego story is that things that go to the bottom of the sea don’t always stay there," Ebbesmeyer adds. The incident is a perfect example of how even when inside a steel container, sunken items don’t stay sunken. They can be carried around the world, seemingly randomly, but subject to the planet’s currents and tides.
BBC: The Cornish beaches where Lego keeps washing up
NASA has begun a new experiment to monitor plankton off the Atlantic coast using boats, airplanes, and satellites.
Tracking polar bears is hard work. The animals live in remote spots, are dangerous to approach, and finding a white bear against a background of white snow can be difficult. Now, the Alaska Dispatch News reports researchers are turning to satellites to track polar bear populations.
The Beaker has been around for a few months now and I’d like to thank you for making it part of your daily reading. Here’s a look back at some popular stories from the past few months, including a stud bull I discussed today on WNPR’s Where We Live:
Above, astronaut Alexander Gerst’s picture of Supertyphoon Neoguri. The photograph, taken on July 7, from the International Space Station, was posted to Flickr with the caption, “Watch out Japan!”
And in case you’re wondering what makes a typhoon “super,” NOAA says that’s a title conferred upon storms that reach maximum sustained 1-minute surface winds of at least 65 m/s (130 kt, 150 mph). The equivalent of a category 4 or category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic basin.