"Is a manatee ugly? Pretty is as pretty does, the saying goes, and a manatee does what it does very well. Its big, dense bones make it buoyancy neutral in the water; evolution didn’t consider that those bones would make it more likely to die from serious boat strikes. That flat, wrinkled face is as sensitive and muscular as a human tongue, perfectly adapted to allow a manatee to feed on aquatic grasses. Those strange hairs all over its face? They’re vibrissae, like the ones cats and dogs have, connected to sensors that relay the slightest tactile impulse to the brain. Cats and dogs have about 50 vibrissae on their faces; a manatee has 600. It’s not the manatee’s fault that it evolved in an environment with abundant food and no predators, so that it became unwary and vulnerable, so that its survival depends on our regard for it, our willingness to share this crowded planet."
Several confirmed tornadoes produced significant damage across North Carolina on Wednesday, as severe storms threatened areas from Florida to Ohio.
While it will not rain the entire time in the northeastern US this Memorial Day weekend, people with outdoor plans all three days should be prepared to dodge showers and thunderstorms.
Relief from the pre-monsoon heat across northwestern India will be short-lived as another round of dangerous heat is expected into this weekend.
The warmest days so far this year across the United Kingdom will be replaced with rainy spells and thunderstorms this Spring bank holiday weekend.
One of the biggest automobile races of the year takes place this weekend as 33 drivers face off in the Indianapolis 500 and inclement weather may be in store.
More than a week after two deadly tornadoes leveled homes and forever altered lives in Elk City, Oklahoma, and Chetek, Wisconsin, the communities are slowly but surely working to get back to normal.
While the powerful, destructive wind speeds of an approaching cyclone are used to estimate the storm's category, storm surge is often the greatest threat to both lives and property.