Drought in California

The ongoing drought that has crippled large parts of the American West for the past decade is getting worse all the time. In recognition of this fact, the governor of California recently ordered mandatory water restrictions for the first time in the state’s history. I applaud the governor’s actions, but I can’t help but wonder Read More …

Land O’ Lakes

Last month, a multinational team of scientists announced that they had determined the number and volume of the world’s many lakes for the first time ever. After analyzing reams of high-resolution satellite imagery, the team reported that there are more than 117 million lakes scattered across the globe, and that lakes cover approximately 3.7 percent Read More …

The Underground Ocean

Last week, a team of scientists announced that they recently discovered a small amount of Ringwoodite ensconced in an otherwise unexceptional diamond from South America.  Led by geochemist Graham Pearson, the team claims that this particular rock formed deep within the Earth’s mantle, and that its existence proves an enormous amount of water lies buried more Read More …