The Milk Carton Took a While to Take Over. Although my milk comes to me in plastic bags, The Atlantic has an amusing little piece showing the development of milk transportation technology -- in other words, how we went from milking a cow daily to glass to cartons, all so we could have some fresh milk in the morning.
His name was John Van Wormer and his milk carton was basically the same as the one we use today. It's called a gable-top, in reference to the innovation of the spout temporarily glued into a ridge and unleashed by that weird pinching-pulling motion that I referred to earlier. The gable-top makes a pretty efficient use of materials, which also means you can produce it quickly. (The milk carton does not need a cap, you might note.) Van Wormer produced his original milk cartons in paperboard. And so they are today, but generally with a slick polyethylene coating, so they don't become vaguely wet to the touch once the milk soaks through.
Caffeinated Seas Found off U.S. Pacific Northwest. According to National Geographic, the improper disposing of human waste combined with Oregon's love for coffee means that caffeine levels are disturbingly high off remote places such as Cape Lookout.
The Pacific Northwest may be the epicenter of U.S. coffee culture, and now a new study shows the region's elevated caffeine levels don't stop at the shoreline.
The discovery of caffeine pollution in the Pacific Ocean off Oregon is further evidence that contaminants in human waste are entering natural water systems, with unknown consequences for wildlife and humans alike, experts say.
Earth-like Planet Found at Right Distance From Its Sun. Reportedly, planet GJ 667Cc, a super-earth circling a red-dwarf about 22 light-years away, may be one of the best candidates yet to support life, its discoverers say.
The new planet has a mass 4.5 times that of Earth and orbits its host star every 28 days.
The red dwarf is relatively dim, so the planet receives slightly less light from its star than Earth does from the sun. But most of the star's light is infrared, so the planet should absorb more of its incoming energy than Earth does from sunlight.
That means if the planet has a rocky surface—which is predicted for planets less than ten times Earth's mass—and an atmosphere, it could support liquid water and maybe life, said co-discoverer Guillem Anglada-Escudé, who conducted the work while at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, D.C.
"If it has an atmosphere, it's probably reddish all the time, because the star is really red," Anglada-Escudé said. "It would be like being evening all the time."
Now We Just Need to Figure Out to Get There. In case we totally ruin this planet and want to do it again, we actually have five planets that could host life not too far from here!
A team has now published updated evidence for a planet that could be the most Earth-like yet. According to the US Planetary Habitability Laboratory, it would be the fifth potentially habitable world known outside our Solar System.
So what do we know about these five Earth-like planets, and how likely is it that they could support life?
Indian Street Children Start Their Own Bank. But not to worry, it won't take over the world's economy -- not yet at least. The idea is brilliant, though, helping the children "keeps what little money they have safe and seeks to instill the idea that savings, however meagre, are important."
Delhi counts 12 branches with around 1,000 child clients aged between nine and 17.
The brightly painted metal cubicles which serve as teller counters are located in shelters that provide children with free meals and sleeping mats, as well as school classes.
The branches are run almost entirely by and for the children, with account holders electing two volunteer managers from the group every six months.
"Children who make money by begging or selling drugs are not allowed to open an account. This bank is only for children who believe in hard work," said Karan, a 14-year-old "manager".