This is part of our series "Rebooting the Reef" on efforts to save one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Scientists know why the Great Barrier Reef is dying, but they don't know how to stop it. That's why they're replicating nature. Building an artificial reef, they hope, might help save the real one. Ocean warming and extreme weather are devastating the Great Barrier Reef. In 2016 alone, 29 percent of shallow-water coral was lost. Parts of the reef have been razed by cyclones or eaten alive by crown-of-thorns starfish. Worst of all, they have been decimated by back-to-back bleaching events in 2016 and 2017, when mile after mile of corals expelled the algae that live within them and that keep them alive. But just 30 miles west of the centre of the reef, at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Townsville, Queensland, researchers have spent $27.5 million building an artificial coral farm. They hope imitation will provide the key to rescuing the natural wonder on … [Read more...] about Can a man-made Great Barrier Reef save the real one?
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"I can do this all day," Captain America (Chris Evans) famously declares in multiple Marvel movies, usually when he's being beaten to a pulp.But can Marvel fans sit and watch him all day, with no intermission or bathroom break? That's a different question. Marvel's ensemble movies have, slowly but surely, been getting longer, and Avengers: Endgame, coming in late April, is rumored to be sitting at three hours long.This doesn't seem to bother Marvel fans who've been lucky enough to grab a sneak peek. But apparently no one needed to escape for a sneak pee."We have screened the movie four times for audiences now," director Anthony Russo told Collider in February. "For the first three screenings, not a single person got up to go to the bathroom." In a new interview with Collider published Tuesday, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was asked directly over and over about whether the film still clocked in at three hours. Feige wouldn't exactly commit, but his comments, coupled with the … [Read more...] about Avengers: Endgame looks like a three-hour bladder-buster, so make a plan
Year in Review 2018 We made it through another weird year. Let's look back on how we got over. I’ll wager I’m among the few—perhaps the only—person who counts a cheaply published piece of erotica titled Full Bodied Charmer as a cherished book. It follows a plus-size woman who buys a date with a handsome man at a charity auction, despite the fact that his typical taste in women runs to the slender, and her ugly romantic history with blonde men. They fall into a relationship, thanks to their unexpected chemistry, but her insecurity nearly breaks them apart. The sex scenes are clunky; at one point, someone’s dick is referred to as a “big hot sausage.” The laminate is peeling off the cover, which looked hokey when it was published in 2003, but has slowly acquired a sort of vaporwave coolness. (It was actually among the better covers produced by indie publisher Ellora’s Cave, which were notoriously bad.) I haven’t read it in years, … [Read more...] about What Do I Want From a Fat Protagonist?
As Jalopnik’s resident car buying expert and professional car shopper, I get emails. Lots of emails. I’ve decided to pick a few questions and try to help out. This week we are discussing extended test drives, spotting online scammers, and the best car for a tall teenager. First up: What if you want to test drive a car and really try it out, but the dealer only lets you do so for a short period of time? My wife is handicapped and has some difficulty getting in and out of cars. Sometimes, it’s not immediately evident how a car’s door sill or passenger-side floor pan will affect her for a few days after she’s banged her ankles or shins on the door sill while hoisting herself up and into the seat or while shifting her weight to get back out. We’ve thought about possibly looking for a short-term rental of the following cars to do the evaluation, but local dealers aren’t interested, and car rental companies don’t have these vehicles: Toyota … [Read more...] about How Can You Test Drive a Car For More Than Just a Few Minutes?
Protestor Soren Mcclay, 14, (C) demonstrates outside a Center City Starbucks on April 15, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Police arrested two black men who were waiting inside the Center City Starbucks which prompted an apology from the company's CEO. Mark Makela/Getty Images We live in the age of "If you see something, say something." What started as a public anti-terrorism campaign in the wake of the September 11th attacks has morphed into a state of vigilance for any kind of suspicious behavior. And sometimes it pays off. In 2016, a day after 29 people were injured in a string of New York City bombings, two men saw a suspicious bag with wires sticking out of it left on a dumpster in Elizabeth, New Jersey. They alerted police, which used robots to disarmed five pipe bombs. Later that night, another 911 call led police to a man sleeping in a tavern doorway, who turned out to be the bomber. But for every report of suspicious activity that leads to an arrest, there are many … [Read more...] about Defining ‘Suspicious Behavior’ Without Bias Is Harder Than You Think