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It’s been a hot, dry spring in Alberta, Canada, which has led to disaster. As of Saturday, May 13, there were 86 wildfires burning in the province—about one-third of them out of control. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced, and this year more than 1,800 square miles have been affected. Smoke from the fires traveled all the way to the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, reaching as far as the U.S. East Coast, where it was blamed for turning the sunset bright orange in the Washington D.C. area, according to the National Weather Service.
The province of Alberta has experienced numerous large wildfires, such as one near Fort McMurray in 2016 | Credit: DarrenRD/Wikimedia Commons
Early last month, the Environmental Protection Agency released a report showing that more than nine million lead pipes currently deliver water into homes across the U.S. Many cities like Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Denver are replacing those service lines, which is a lengthy and costly process. However, there could be a short-term solution.
Credit: Northwestern University
If you were to dive underwater, you’d naturally hold your breath to stay down as long as possible. Many marine mammals do the same, but according to a new study, when hammerhead sharks want to spend time in the deep sea, they hold their...gills.
Scalloped Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna lewini) | Credit: Kris-Mikael Krister/Flickr
Maybe you’re that unlucky person—the one mosquitoes devour at a barbecue while others go unbitten. According to a new study, the reason might be your soap.
Aedes aegypti | Credit: Muhammad Mahdi Karim/Wikimedia Commons