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2019

Tesla Model 3 Shatters Records In Hot European Market — EV Sales Report

The European plug-in electric vehicle market registered a record 77,000 vehicles in December (+88%!), with the Dutch market most helping to pull the market up. Fully electric vehicles (+91% year over year) grew a bit faster than plug-in hybrids (+81%), with the powertrain breakdown becoming even more friendly to fully electric vehicles (68% to 32% in December, versus 64% to 36% in 2019)

Bizarre front-footed dinosaur tracks make it look like these behemoths did handstands

Sauropods were the largest animals to ever live on land. They were behemoths with long necks and equally long tails, and they needed four thick, pillar-like legs to support their massive frames. Or did they? Back in 2007, paleontologists unearthed…

10 zoonotic diseases (meaning they travel from animal to human)

We often spend a lot of time with animals, whether it’s hanging out with pets at home or crossing paths with wildlife in the great outdoors. Sharing space and time with creatures can also mean sharing diseases with them. Scientists…

Everything to know about the Mars 2020 rover

First announced in December 2012, the Mars 2020 rover will finally leave Earth later this summer and travel more than 35 million miles to its new home. Once on the surface, this car-sized science lab (10 feet x 9 feet…

9 interesting facts about the Nile River

The Nile is one of the most famous rivers anywhere on our planet, and rightfully so. While all rivers are important for people and wildlife who live nearby, the Nile looms especially large, both literally and figuratively. Here are a…

Taro Takahashi selected as first recipient of the Wallace S. Broecker medal

(The Oceanography Society) The Oceanography Society proudly announces that Dr. Taro Takahashi (deceased 12/3/19) has been selected as the first recipient of the Wallace S. Broecker Medal. Dr. Takahashi’s six-decade research career cemented the understanding of global ocean uptake of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions and the biogeochemistry that drives it. He is remembered as an excellent mentor to his colleagues and junior scientists, as well as for his strong conviction that community service is an important part research.

Were snakes the source of China’s coronavirus outbreak?

A report suggests that snakes – the Chinese krait and the Chinese cobra – might have been the original source of the coronavirus that’s triggered an outbreak of deadly infectious respiratory illnesses in China this year.

Don’t miss young moon and Venus after sunset (Neptune’s there, too)

After sunset on January 26, 27 and 28, 2020, watch for the young moon and planet Venus in the west at dusk and nightfall. Use the lit side of the moon to locate Mercury, the innermost planet. If you have a telescope, use Venus to locate the Neptune, the farthest planet.

The EV Adoption Ramps in 4 Top Electric Vehicle Countries

In 2019, 4 countries had more than 10% plug-in vehicle market share. I selected those 4 countries and went back to the year that they had 2% or 3% plug-in vehicle market share to plot out how they grew from there to 11%+