I scoured the internet and found the best science articles of the past week. Here’s what I came back with:
The Climate Desk put out this article on recent marine heatwaves that began in 2011, areas of abnormally hot water on America’s Pacific Coast, and Australia getting hit in 2016. The result of which has seen death’s of many aquatic species, toxic algae, and, in 2016, 22 percent of coral on the Great Barrier Reef killed.
The article concludes with this: “the situation is very grave for humanity but exciting for scientists.” So, if you’re a scientist- and the glass-half-full type- this is apparently good news!
The Hubble Space Telescope photographed an unusually shaped galaxy in the Lynx constellation. This article discusses the cause of its irregular shape.
Israeli scientist Roi Granot discovered a piece of oceanic crust at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea that could be up to 340 million years old. According to the article, Granot said that his team can date oceanic crust based on “changes in the magnetic fields orientation”- whatever that means.
China’s satellite launch is important because it’s the first quantum satellite, meaning it will hopefully create hacker-proof satellite communication. Chinese researchers will be sending messages back and forth via that satellite and testing whether they can be hacked.
Time deemed these the best photos of the Perseid Meteor Shower. The annual meteor shower occurred this past Friday.