This week, we learned …
Photograph by Robert Clark, National Geographic
Why is sugar not so sweet for the Great Barrier Reef?
Fish buyers use flashlights to examine tuna spread on a warehouse floor.
Photograph by Winfield Parks, National Geographic
Can bluefin tuna be sustainably fished?
Why are performance-enhancing athletes in the news?
The Chinese junk Keying made several trips between Canton (now Guangzhou) and the East Coast of the U.S in the 19th century.
Illustration by Samuel Waugh, courtesy Wikimedia. Public domain
What did the Far East trade with the East Coast?
Are dollar coins a good energy investment?
People walk past a billboard proclaiming national pride in Pyongyang, North Korea. Volvos are a part of the landscape of North Korea these days.
Photograph by H. Edward Kim, National Geographic.
Why is North Korea going dark?
Girls cooperate at a boarding school in Tanzania.
Photograph by Stephanie Sinclair, National Geographic
OK, girls are better at cooperating to solve problems. Do boys have a better sense of direction?
No. 5: “The scholarly world is not a team of friends. What is your discovery is a loss for someone else. And this someone is usually a prominent and powerful person.” Here, archaeologists excavate a Neolithic site in Scotland.
Photograph by Jim Richardson, National Geographic
How are students introduced to archaeology?
This CT scan reveals the deformed foot, broken knee, and elongated skull of King Tut.
Photograph courtesy the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Egypt, and National Geographic
How did CT scans reveal a new view of King Tut?
Some scientists think the ancient ancestors of viruses like adeno-associated viruses (in this pretty visualization) may have provided the raw material for the development of cellular life.
Image by Jazzlw, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-4.0
How are viruses still impacting our lives?
What were our recommended reads for the holidays over the years?