Fascinating Video Uncovers What’s Inside A Rattlesnake’s Rattle

If you live in an area populated by rattlesnakes, you’d probably recognize the warning sound of the reptile’s signature rattle. But what’s inside the tip of a rattler’s tail?

YouTube channel “What’s Inside” has the answer.

The video, which has been viewed more than 21 million times to date, shows host Daniel Markham and his son, Lincoln, cutting open a rattlesnake’s rattle.

Watch the clip above to see what they discover (scroll to around 3:20 if you’re impatient for the reveal). Then click here to learn more about rattlesnakes and their rattles.

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SpaceX Dragon Set for ‘Return to Flight’ Launch to ISS Apr. 8 – Watch Live

A Falcon 9 rocket with a Dragon spacecraft stand at Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station before the CRS-8 mission to deliver experiments and supplies to the International Space Station.  Credits: SpaceX

The SpaceX Dragon is set for its ‘Return to Flight’ mission on Friday, April 8, packed with nearly 7000 pounds (3100 kg) of critical cargo and research experiments bound for the six-man crew working aboard the International Space Station.Blastoff of the commercial SpaceX Falcon 9 carrying the Dragon CRS-8 resupply ship is slated for 4:43 p.m. EDT from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.The weather outlook looks great with a forecast of 90 percent “GO” and extremely favorable conditions at launch time. The only concern is for winds.The SpaceX/Dragon CRS-8 launch coverage will be broadcast on NASA TV beginning at 3:30 p.m. EDT with additional commentary on the NASA launch blogYou can watch the launch live at – http://www.nasa.gov/nasatvThe launch window is instantaneous, meaning that any delays due to weather or technical issues will results in a minimum 1 day postponement.A backup launch opportunity exists on Saturday, April 9, at 4:20 p.m. with NASA TV coverage starting at 3:15 p.m.Friday’s launch marks the first for a Dragon since the catastrophic failure of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in flight last year on June 28, 2015 on the CRS-7 resupply mission. CRS-8 counts as the company’s eighth flight to deliver supplies, science experiments and technology demonstrations to the ISS for the crews of Expeditions 47 and 48 to support dozens of the approximately 250 science and research investigations in progress.Also packed aboard in the Dragon’s unpressurized trunk section is experimental Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) – an experimental expandable capsule that the crew will attach to the space station. The 3115 pound (1413 kg) BEAM will test the use of an expandable space habitat in microgravity.Expedition 47 crew members Jeff Williams and Tim Kopra of NASA, Tim Peake of ESA (European —> Read More

Our Ridiculously Massive Food Waste Is Driving Climate Change

Humans waste an exorbitant amount of food — more than 1.4 billion tons annually.

That’s roughly 400 million tons more than the weight of Japan’s Mount Fuji, which rises 2.3 miles above sea level.

If combating global hunger wasn’t reason enough to reverse the disturbing trend, new research suggests that reducing food waste could drastically help in the fight against climate change.

Jürgen Kropp, co-author of a new study looking at how today’s surplus of food is burdening the planet, said it’s no secret the Western world is responsible for today’s emergency.

“Part of the climate crisis,” Kropp told The Huffington Post, “is our food consumption style in Western countries.”

The study, published Thursday in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, found that while consumption hasn’t changed much over the last 50 years, the global surplus of food increased roughly 65 percent. The production of more and more food results in huge amounts of greenhouse gases being emitted, but hasn’t reduced the number of people going hungry.

According to the study, avoiding agricultural food waste could help prevent climate impacts such as weather extremes and sea-level rise.

“[A]griculture is a major driver of climate change, accounting for more than 20 percent of overall global greenhouse-gas emissions in 2010,” co-author Prajal Pradhan said in a statement. “Avoiding food loss and waste would therefore avoid unnecessary greenhouse-gas emissions and help mitigate climate change.”

Each year, roughly one-third of the world’s food gets lost or thrown away, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States. That wasted food, valued at nearly $1 trillion, could feed some 2 billion people — a staggering number, considering that roughly 800 million people are undernourished in the world.

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