La Nina refers to the large-scale cooling of the ocean surface temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean, coupled with changes in the tropical atmospheric circulation, namely winds, pressure and rainfall. It usually has the opposite impacts on weather and climate as El Nino, which is the warm phase of the so-called El Nino Southern Oscillation. … [Read more...] about 2020 was one of 3 warmest years on record
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The videos have shown that the white panda was in good shape with lustrous fur, said Li Sheng, a researcher with Peking University and a specialist in bears. Li also explained that albinism exists in different vertebrate species and the albino mutation can inhibit melanin synthesis in an animal's body, making the animal appear white, golden-white or pastel golden. … [Read more...] about Across China: World’s only all-white panda’s new gilded look
4. Macadam is a type of road construction, pioneered by Scottish engineer John McAdam in which crushed layers of small stones are placed in shallows and compacted thoroughly. In 1901, Edgar Purnell Hooley noticed a smooth stretch of road close to an ironworks. He learnt that a barrel of tar had fallen onto the road, and someone from the nearby furnaces poured waste slag to cover up the mess. Hooley noticed this unintentional resurfacing had solidified the road, and there was no rutting and no dust. He filed for a patent and a trademark and formed a company in the name. What revolution in road surfaces did he start (a word often associated with airports)? … [Read more...] about Quiz: All about Scotland
The distinctive creature burst into sight after infrared cameras captured its figure about 2,000 meters above sea level in the Wolong National Nature Reserve in April 2019. With no spots on its body and unique red eyes, the wild giant panda was concluded to be an albino, hitherto the only one of its kind anywhere on earth. … [Read more...] about World’s only all-white panda’s new gilded look
Mr. Chu said that the five Hong Kongers could have easily perished at sea or met the same fate as the “Hong Kong 12” without the help from ardent supporters who provided shelter and protection along the way. … [Read more...] about Five Hong Kong democracy protesters seek asylum in the U.S.