Hello! The U.S. government may be shutdown but that won’t stop this newsletter. So here’s to a look at some other, unrelated things happening in the world this week.
This week I learned…
- Earth’s magnetic north pole is shifting away from Canada and towards Russia. This will impact ship, plane, and submarine navigation in the Arctic.
- Some plants use their flowers like ears to hear nearby pollinators. This allows them to make their nectar sweeter and more enticing.
- Newly discovered blue pigment in the teeth of a 12th century woman illuminates the forgotten history of female medieval manuscript scribes.
By the numbers…
- $6 million: The federal government’s outstanding water bill in D.C because of the shutdown. The utility, however, won’t be shutting off the White House’s water supply if it goes unpaid.
- $11.7 million: What the state of Louisiana paid for a new 515 acre plot of land to relocate a community 40-miles inland in an effort to escape sea level rise.
- 68.9 and 419.9: The new numbers assigned to two mileposts in Washington state in order to stop people repeatedly stealing them. The old numbers? 69 and 420.
- 32: How high the catchy children’s song “Baby Shark” climbed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week.
I’m listening to…
Chewy the whale’s song.
— OceanX (@oceanx) January 11, 2019
What I’m reading…
- “Fake milk”: why the dairy industry is boiling over plant-based milks — Umair Irfan for Vox
- How cartographers for the U.S. military inadvertently created a house of horrors in South Africa — Kashmir Hill for Gizmodo
- Exodus: The climate migration crisis — a series by The Weather Channel
Remember the same-sex penguin couple that is raising a penguin chick? Well, their little chick just took its first swim. You can watch it here.