The Global Footprint Network (GFN) has declared [September 27th] Earth Overshoot Day. That’s the day when humankind’s demand on nature exceeds the planet’s ability to regenerate resources and absorb the waste. ”Our research shows that in approximately nine months, we have demanded a level of services from nature equivalent to what the planet can provide for all of 2012,” according to a GFN statement.
“We maintain this deficit by depleting stocks of things like fish and trees, and by accumulating waste such as carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the ocean.” [Read: Top 10 Alternative Energy Bets]
The Miller-Urey experiment is known for being a test for the origins of life on Earth, though using hypothetical scenarios for what an early Earth may have been like. Its aim was to test whether or not the primitive conditions on Earth favored organic compounds over inorganic ones.
Lise Meitner was an Austrian-born physicist who is now known as “the mother of the atomic bomb” despite never being fully recognized for her contributions to the theory of nuclear physics and being denied a Nobel Prize. Lise was born in 1878, but because she was female was unable to attend…