The residents of Boca Chica didn’t ask Elon Musk to move in, but now his company is taking over.
Sarah LaskowThere’s a spot on the coast of Texas, almost at the end of the road, that was a quiet retreat from the rest of the world. Then SpaceX decided to build a rocket ship next door. @marinakoren found out what it’s like when a rocket giant becomes your neighbor
New diseases are mirrors that reflect how a society works—and where it fails.
Sarah Laskow“It’s almost as if the content is the same but the amplitude is different...There’s just a greater frenzy, and is that a function of the disease, or a function of the changed world? It’s unclear.” Read @edyong209 on the new coronavirus
For the first time, scientists have a clear view of the line where the giant Thwaites Glacier is leaking water into the ocean.
Sarah LaskowThe “grounding line” of Thwaites Glacier, in West Antarctica, is, without hyperbole, one of the most important places on one of the most important objects in the natural world, @yayitsrob writes
The ‘crazy worms’ remaking forests aren’t your friendly neighborhood garden worms. Then again, those aren’t so great either.
Sarah Laskow"The perils of an earthworm invasion are hard to grasp if you’ve been raised to believe that earthworms are good." But, uh, maybe we should have been keeping a closer watch over worms all along.
@1juliarosen on *crazy worms*
A deep dive into an archive will never be the same.
Sarah LaskowArchives nerds know this to be true: The way to work now is to come in with a phone or camera and snap documents so you have a copy of the original. But leave it to @alexismadrigal think through what this means for the creation of history
An estimated 1 billion animal deaths in the bushfires are a capstone to the slow annihilation of the country’s diverse wildlife.
Sarah Laskow"What happens when catastrophes become significant enough that they can unravel years of good work in one blow?" Australia's fires are devastating for wildlife not just because of their scale, but because so many animals are already living on the brink
I’ve never thought we should stop having children. But I will have to teach our son to wonder at the world before he learns to fear for it.
Sarah LaskowWe've heard a lot in recent months and years on the question of having kids when climate change is only getting worse. But I really hope you will read this gorgeous piece from @JedediahSPurdy about becoming a parent in the time of climate change
Boeing was set to pass a meaningful milestone in spaceflight, but a glitch cut the mission short.
Sarah LaskowThis morning Boeing attempted what could have been its last launch before sending astronauts into space in a new capsule. It didn't go as planned. Read @marinakoren's dispatch from Florida
For nearly 30 years, America’s four biggest rail companies—which move the majority of the country’s coal—have spent millions to deny climate science and block climate policy.
Sarah LaskowOften we think of trains as on the "good" side of climate change conversations. But America's major freight train companies have spent decades on the side of climate denial. A must-read from @yayitsrob
Linguists now think our ancestors might have been chattering away for ages longer than they previously believed.
Sarah LaskowFor a long time, linguists thought speech came along with the descent of the larynx, about 200,000 years ago. Now some think that speech may go as far back as *27 million years ago* (Cannot be more pleased to be reading @rachgutman on linguistics again!)
It’s about to get lit on the International Space Station.
Sarah Laskow"In space, a flame is shaped like a sphere instead of a teardrop, and it doesn’t flicker. It just hovers, a small, ghostly orb, until it goes out." Of course astronauts love doing experiments with fire—who wouldn't?
Thirteen years ago, a young woman was found dead in small-town Texas. She was nicknamed “Lavender Doe” for the purple shirt she was wearing. Her real identity would remain a mystery until amateur genealogists took up her case.
Sarah LaskowWhen @sarahzhang drops a big feature, you want to read it—the story of "Lavender Doe" and the amateur DNA sleuths who found her true identity and her past