WEIRD FACTS

Study: U.S. alcohol deaths have doubled since 1997

A separate study shows that binge drinkers are also ordering more rounds. By Stephen Johnson – From 1997 to 2017, alcohol-related deaths among Americans aged 16 and older doubled from 35,914 to 72,558. From 2011 to 2017, the average number of drinks consumed …

Scientists Design Bacteria-Based Living Concrete

Its designers hope that it could help with construction in deserts or even on Mars. Photosynthetic bacteria in the concrete make it bright green until it dries and turns brown. (Courtesy of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at Colorado University Boulder) …

Lethal algae blooms – an ecosystem out of balance

Toxic formations across the US and the Baltic are part of a worrying trend linked to the climate crisis and farming methods. By Jeremy Hance – A harmful algae bloom in Lake Erie in September 2017.  Photograph: Zachary Haslick/Aerial Associates Photography/NOAA.   On …