Hurricane Florence is so huge, astronauts had to use a super wide-angle lens
Images revealing the power of Hurricane Florence enthrall us and terrify us at the same time.
- The worst part of Hurricane Florence are the high and destructive storm surges it caused.
- Photography from space captured the scope of the storm.
- The science involved is fascinating but scary.
What's so scary about Florence?
A hurricane's numerical classification tends to dominate the headlines, but it tells only part of the story—it rates a storm's wind speeds—and not necessarily the most life-threatening part. Florence's worst aspect: it's slowing down and stalling over coastal areas, causing up to 19-foot storm surges, and dropping from 6 to 40 (!) inches of rain. And any hurricane produces disruptive, dangerous winds, regardless of its official category.
A fascinating glimpse at nature
Onboard the ISS, Gerst was able to capture some incredible images looking down in the storm's eye.
Of course, as stately as Florence's eye may look in these pictures, an NOAA video reminds us that it's a churning place full of tremendous latent power.
Research shows that the way math is taught in schools and how its conceptualized as a subject is severely impairing American student's ability to learn and understand the material.
- Americans continually score either in the mid- or bottom-tier when it comes to math and science compared to their international peers.
- Students have a fundamental misunderstanding of what math is and what it can do. By viewing it as a language, students and teachers can begin to conceptualize it in easier and more practical ways.
- A lot of mistakes come from worrying too much about rote memorization and speedy problem-solving and from students missing large gaps in a subject that is reliant on learning concepts sequentially.
The surprisingly simple treatment could prove promising for doctors and patients seeking to treat depression without medication.
- A new report shows how cold-water swimming was an effective treatment for a 24-year-old mother.
- The treatment is based on cross-adaptation, a phenomenon where individuals become less sensitive to a stimulus after being exposed to another.
- Getting used to the shock of cold-water swimming could blunt your body's sensitivity to other stressors.
Maybe try counseling first before you try this, married folks.
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