News in Pictures: On Land, Water, and Beyond

August 26, 2017

Typhoon Hato Rocks Hong Kong

The strongest storm in 53 years hit the coast of China this week. The strong winds and rain caused flooding, injured people, and created hazardous conditions in the cities of Macau and Hong Kong. Meteorologists upgraded the storm to a typhoon and warned businesses and schools that they should close. In the United States, Hurricane Harvey is expected to douse the state of Texas and Louisiana. Stay dry, folks!

Two Collisions Start an Investigation

The guided missile destroyer USS John S. McCain U.S. Navy photo by PhotographerÕs Mate 3rd Class Todd Frantom

The USS McCain, a U.S. Navy ship, collided into a commercial ship earlier this week, surprising shipping communities around the world. Why? Well, these days shipping accidents are rare because better technology has enabled ships to anticipate things like traffic on the sea and rough weather conditions. This collision is the second in two months. The U.S. Navy has stopped operations until they can find out why these collisions are happening. 

A Frog with the Face of a Pig?

Purple pig frog. By Karthickbala at ta.wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

A new and unusual species of frog was discovered in India. The name of this purple pig-nose frog? It’s scientific name is Nasikabatrachus bhupathi (try saying that three times fast!) and is closely related to the purple frog pictured above. Why so unusual? Well, unlike other frogs, the purple pig-nose frog stays underground and uses its long tongue to fish around for ants and termites to eat. What does get them to the surface? Rain!

Around the World in 80 Days

Mark Beaumont

“Around the World in 80 Days” is the title of a popular adventure book by French author Jules Verne. But now a cyclist named Mark Beaumont is taking the title to heart and attempting to go around the world in—you guessed it—eighty days … on his bike! He’ll be traveling across Europe, Australia, and North America in a mere 80 days! Wondering how he’ll “bike” across large bodies of water? Well, he won’t be. He’ll be flying to get from continent to continent, but all of the “land” portions will be achieved on his bike. Mr. Beaumont is already halfway through his route. Check out the map of his route below:

A New and Spiffy Suit

Image via SpaceX

You might have read our coverage of SpaceX here, where we talk about the expedition to send people like us into space. The spacesuit that these travelers will be wearing has recently been revealed. The suit, like all spacesuits, has been constructed to help people survive in space in the event of any malfunctions to the spaceship. This particular spacesuit, however, is trying to do one thing spacesuits past didn’t and that’s look stylish.  

“Why spiders? Why couldn’t it be ‘follow the butterflies’?”

By John Griffiths from London, United Kingdom – Ron Weasley, CC BY-SA 2.0,
Die-hard Harry Potter fans will know that it was Harry Potter’s best friend Ron Weasley who said that line. Rupert Grint, the actor who played Ron Weasley, celebrated his 28th birthday this week. Want to know how he earned the role Ron Weasley? To land the role, he sent in a rap video about how much he wanted to be Ron. Happy Birthday, Rupert! We couldn’t imagine anyone else playing Ron Weasley.