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Even fish are getting skin cancer now

For the pale-skinned among us, the ocean is one of the most dangerous places to be. There’s no place to hide from the sun, and the water is so frickin’ reflective that even if that SPF 45 sunblock weren’t being washed off by waves and spray, it wouldn’t do much good anyway. But for the fish, the ocean should be a safe place. At the very least, they shouldn’t have to worry about the sun. However, we humans have made a gigantic hole in the ozone (remember that thing? Still there!), and part of that hole is over the ocean. …

Climate & Energy

Antarctica used to be covered in palm trees, says study

A new study examining 50-million-year-old ice from Antarctica indicates that the continent used to be covered in warm-weather flora like palm trees. And hey, maybe it could be again if carbon dioxide levels get too high! By “too high” we’re talking about really high — CO2 concentrations in the early Eocene epoch, the time period that the new study is looking at, were in excess of 1,000 parts per million (ppm) by volume. Safe levels for human habitation, according to NASA scientist James Hansen, top out at 350 ppm. There weren’t any humans or proto-humans on Earth in the Eocene, …

How did somebody steal half a million bees?

A beekeeper near Vancouver has reported the loss of 8,000 pounds of honey and 500,000 bees from one of his apiaries. Why would someone steal half a million bees? And how? Urban beekeeping is pretty hip right now so it’s the “how” we’re really stuck on. Here are our best theories: Filled beekeeper suits with bees instead of people, then walked out with them Weekend at Bernie’s-style. (Bonus: You can use the HOV lane.) Pied Pipered them out by playing Blind Melon’s “No Rain.” Walked in wearing 500,000 bonnets.

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