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Video Of The Day: NASA’s Incredible Ultra-High Definition Video Of The Sun Leaves Us Speechless

NASA never ceases to amaze.

This week they released this ultra-high definition 4K video of the Sun, entitled “Thermonuclear Art.” The footage is comprised of a collection of images captured from a satellite from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).

The SDO has been monitoring the Sun around-the-clock for five years, presenting not only solar scientists, but the world at large, with astounding information about the star’s daily movement.

In a news release, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center stated, “SDO captures images of the Sun in 10 different wavelengths, each of which helps highlight a different temperature of solar material. Different temperatures can, in turn, show specific structures on the Sun such as solar flares, which are gigantic explosions of light and x-rays, or coronal loops, which are stream of solar material traveling up and down looping magnetic field lines.”

Set to Lars Leonhard‘s ethereal tracks, this video features some of the most remarkable footage ever of the Sun, and according to NASA, “presents the nuclear fire of our life-giving star in intimate detail, offering new perspective into our own relationships with grand forces of the solar system.”

Enjoy this chance to view the Sun without damaging your eyes.

Your World This Week, Nov. 2-Nov. 8

Your primer on climate change this week: Antarctica is actually gaining ice (but scientists aren’t jumping for joy), rising temperatures may make the Persian Gulf uninhabitable by 2090, increasing temperatures mean falling wages, and carbon dioxide emissions will continue to rise in spite of our best efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Climate Change Will Contribute To 23 Percent Drop In Global Incomes By Year 2100, New Study Shows

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In many cases, we think of climate change impacts in terms of landform transformation and weather. A new report by Nature reveals that climate change not only has the potential to unleash some severe economic impacts, but that economic activity in all regions is coupled in some way to global climate, Ars Technica reported.

You can read more about how the authors’ methodology here. As to the results, the authors found that overall economic productivity reaches its peak at an annual average temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius), and declines sharply at higher and lower temperatures, Ars Technica noted. They also found that continued global warming will cause global incomes to fall by around 23 percent by the year 2100 — meaning that global income inequality will continue to widen.

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The GMO Foods Controversy: What It Is And Why It’s All Wrong

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Genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, have been looming over the public as one of the prominent evils of the United States’ food industry for over two decades. The first green light for production of a genetically modified crop, Calgene’s Flavr Savr tomato, was given by the US Department of Agriculture in 1994. That same year, the Food and Drug Administration declared that genetically modified foods are “not inherently dangerous” and therefore require no special regulation.

But, in an effort to get them off the shelves, those on the other side of this issue, such as the Organic Consumers Association and Greenpeace, have voiced strong concerns about the possible health effects, environmental impact, and harmful farming practices that they believe go hand in hand with GMO foods.

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