When Stars Are Swallowed by Black Holes, New Findings Suggest

For the first time, scientists have confirmed the existence of not one, but two black hole-neutron star collisions. The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the Virgo facilities, which detect invisible gravitational waves, saw these two distinct mergers 10 days apart in January 2020. The achievement completes a long-awaited trinity of gravitational-wave interferometer observations: black…

You can die from stress. Here’s how now

It’s easy to romanticize the body’s devotion to equilibrium in the face of extreme stress. As if it were some untrammeled divinity, a dark and gorgeous liver serenely regulates its life-sustaining activities. Nearby, twin cherubs of the torso, plump kidneys, churn out calls for water and salt. Even Claude Bernard, the 19th-century French physiologist who…

NOW!! The crucial weather metric you’ve never heard of is wet bulb globe temperature

As temperatures rise to new highs, not just in the Pacific Northwest but worldwide, you may hear the term “wet bulb globe temperature” used more frequently. This somewhat ridiculous-sounding idea differs from phrases like perceived temperature, humidity index, and dew point in that it’s a little more sophisticated and more significant. WBGT stands for wet-bulb…