In today's news roundup, an explosion at an illegal oil processing factory in Nigeria kills over 100 people, Beijing, China announces plans to test 22 million people for Covid-19, and scientists in Japan invent chopsticks that make food taste saltier.
Published in April 2022
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have released a study on a subject they call Oreology - how Oreo cookies twist apart. The study's results show that the Oreo's white cream almost always winds up stuck to just one side of the cookie.
Last Thursday, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced that six red wolf pups had been born in the wild. That's great news for endangered red wolves, and marks the first time these pups have been born in the wild since 2018.
Emmanuel Macron was re-elected as president of France on Sunday, defeating Marine Le Pen. It is the first time in 20 years that a French president has been elected to a second term.
Today marks 52 years since Earth Day was first celebrated. This year, Earth Day organizers have lists of events taking place all around the world. NFK also takes a brief look at "climate anxiety" and steps that could help calm worries over the climate crisis.
As the world tries to quit fossil fuels, there's a lot of focus on renewable energy sources like wind and solar. But one very promising source of energy comes from deep inside the Earth. And old oil wells could help greatly in developing this power.
Since early April, climate protesters have blocked roads, buildings, and oil storage areas. The protests are meant to bring attention to the climate crisis. The protests have made the news, but it's not clear if they're changing people's minds.
One of the challenges facing the world as it fights the climate crisis is how to remove pollution from the air, and store it so that it's harmless. Today, NFK looks at the promise and challenges of "capturing carbon".
In early April, a United Nations climate group released a 3,000 page report on climate change. The report details actions that must be taken quickly to avoid the worst effects of the crisis. As one of the report's authors put it, "It's now or never."
In today's news roundup, South Africa is hit by deadly flooding, the Philippines struggles to recover after Tropical Storm Megi, and Alyssa Nakken becomes the first woman to coach on the field during an MLB baseball game.