Day: September 7, 2019

Eat, drink, and herd cattle at this Austrian festival

When summer reaches the Alps of southwestern Austria’s Tirol Province, yodeling farmers gather in the dawn light to urge drowsy cows into milling herds. Pajama-clad villagers guard their driveways with brooms and sticks, tapping wayward cattle back on course. Each year across these mountains, thousands of meadow farms welcome more than 100,000 cattle for seasonal…

Ancient farmers burned the Amazon, but today’s fires are very different

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2020 Breakthrough Prizes: Who won this year’s ‘Oscars of science’?

Humankind’s first image of a monster black hole, the tangled proteins that cause destructive neurodegenerative diseases, and the pathways telling our brains we’re in pain are among the discoveries honored by this year’s Breakthrough Prizes. With $3 million accompanying each major prize, the Breakthrough Prizes are the most lucrative in science. Bankrolled by Silicon Valley…

Bar-headed geese survive trips over the Himalayas by lowering the temperature of their BLOOD

Bar-headed geese are known to fly at extraordinary heights, circling around the peaks of some of the world’s tallest mountains. The birds have been spotted by oxygen-deprived climbers ascending Everest for decades, but it was never fully understood how they managed it.  Now, scientists who raised a gaggle of geese as their own ‘children’ have discovered the…

Making sense of Saturn’s impossible rotation

Saturn eclipses the Sun, as seen by the Cassini spacecraft. Credit: NASA Saturn may be doing a little electromagnetic shimmy and twist which has been throwing off attempts by scientists to determine how long it takes for the planet to rotate on its axis, according to a new study. Discovering the length of a day…