Columbus area parks officials monitoring use as Ohio closes Hocking Hills State Park over coronavirus
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Columbus area parks officials monitoring use as Ohio closes Hocking Hills State Park over coronavirus

Dean Narciso The Columbus Dispatch Mark Ferenchik The Columbus Dispatch Saturday Apr 4, 2020 at 12:01 AM Columbus Recreation and Parks has closed playgrounds and now says it is prepared to close popular multi-use trails if they become too crowded for safe distancing. On a busy weekend, Columbus’ multi-use trails are filled with bikes, runners and families, a living, breathing…

Scientists Made A Drone To Capture Whale Snot
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Scientists Made A Drone To Capture Whale Snot

Right now, whales are facing myriad threats, from pollution and getting tangled in fishing gear, to warming and acidifying oceans. To understand how those threats are affecting whales, scientists need data. And to get that data, they’ve come up with a drone that can capture whale snot.Whales push out massive amounts of snot—or more scientifically,…

NASA astronauts share their workout routine aboard the ISS to help motivate those on Earth living in isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic
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NASA astronauts share their workout routine aboard the ISS to help motivate those on Earth living in isolation amid the coronavirus pandemic

Billions of people are under lockdown orders to limit the spread of coronavirus, forcing them to find creative ways to stay in shape at home -and a group who spends months in isolation has come to their aid.Astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS) posted a video on Twitter sharing their workout routine from 250…

Coronavirus lockdowns worldwide make Earth’s crust move less, scientists find
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Coronavirus lockdowns worldwide make Earth’s crust move less, scientists find

Coronavirus lockdowns around the world are making the Earth move less, scientists have discovered. Since people in many countries were barred from leaving their homes and factories and traffic ground to a halt, seismic noise – the hum of vibrations in the planet’s crust – has dropped. The researchers told The Independent the change will not only…

Discovery of Living Microbes Deep Beneath the Seafloor Offers Hope for Life on Mars
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Discovery of Living Microbes Deep Beneath the Seafloor Offers Hope for Life on Mars

MarsImage: NASA/JPL-CaltechSurprising quantities of bacteria have been found living in clay-rich rocks under the Pacific seafloor. The discovery raises the possibility of equally resilient microbes living deep beneath the surface of Mars.Ancient volcanic rocks beneath the Pacific seafloor provide a habitat for dense clusters of microbial communities, according to a new paper published this week…

Oceans’ capacity to absorb CO2 overestimated, study suggests
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Oceans’ capacity to absorb CO2 overestimated, study suggests

Research into North Atlantic plankton likely to lead to negative revision of global climate calculations Phytoplankton blooms are visible from space in this 2017 satellite image taken of the Gibraltar strait. Photograph: Suomi/VIIRS and Modis/Nasa The North Atlantic may be a weaker climate ally than previously believed, according to a study that suggests the ocean’s…