What Is The Hottest Temperature Possible  The idea of absolute…

What Is The Hottest Temperature Possible 

The idea of absolute hot springs from its better-known cousin, absolute zero, which, as you may recall, is 0 K, -273.15° C or -459.67° F. And although abridged definitions of the lowest temperature will frequently state it is the point at which matter stops moving, this is technically incorrect. Absolute zero is actually the point where molecular motion no longer produces heat (but does have zero-point energy).

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What Is The Hottest Temperature Possible  The idea of absolute…

The MAGNETO SNAIL! (and other marine gastropods)  In 2015, a new…

The MAGNETO SNAIL! (and other marine gastropods) 

In 2015, a new species of deep-sea snail was described that blew our minds: the the scaly-foot gastropod (Crysomallon squamiferum), aka basically the Magneto Snail. Living in hydrothermal ecosystems is a tough life, so this snail had evolved with a shell literally made out of iron – some populations’ shells are even magnetic. Food sources are scarce down there but these snails don’t eat – they get all of their energy through a process of chemosynthesis, in which the bacteria living in their guts produce the nutrients required for sustained life.

The more I looked into the fascinating world of marine snails, I realized I knew virtually nothing about these invertebrates. They’ve dominated every part of the ocean, from the banks to the floor, inhabiting niches that allow them to diversify in incredible ways.

So, here’s a quick overview of some of the 4.5 million snails in the Field’s collection! Stay tuned to hear Jochen play a giant conch shell at the end. It’s worth it.

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The MAGNETO SNAIL! (and other marine gastropods)  In 2015, a new…

Where Do Subjects Start Out in Sentences? Word Order and…

Where Do Subjects Start Out in Sentences? Word Order and VPISH 

Why do different languages slot their words into sentences in different sequences? Do the subjects of sentences have to start off at the beginning of the sentence? In this week’s episode, we talk about word order and the Verb Phrase-Internal Subject Hypothesis, or VPISH: how much variation in orders we see across languages, why having the subject start out lower down in the syntactic tree helps us capture these differences, and what other evidence we have that the subject might not start exactly where it appears.

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Recording the Sounds of Extinction  Bernie Krause has been…

Recording the Sounds of Extinction 

Bernie Krause has been recording wildlife sounds, or “soundscapes,” for over forty years. He’s amassed the largest archive in the world, and in doing so, can chart how wildlife sounds have changed over the course of climate change. Listen for yourself: the rising silence speaks volumes./P>

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Recording the Sounds of Extinction  Bernie Krause has been…