Situational awareness: Comcast has offered to buy the entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox for $35 per share in cash, which easily tops Fox's agreed-upon deal with Disney. Go deeper.
A section of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet with mountains is viewed from a window of a NASA Operation IceBridge airplane. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images.
Antarctica is shedding ice at an increasing rate, raising global sea levels and threatening coastal cities, Axios science editor Andrew Freedman reports, citing a new study published in Nature.
Why it matters: The safety of coastal populations, including growing megacities worldwide, is intricately tied to the fate of Antarctica's ice sheet. Until a few years ago, Antarctica was assumed to be far more stable than the Greenland ice sheet.
By the numbers: The West Antarctic Ice Sheet saw its melt rate increase from 53 billion tonnes per year to 159 billion tonnes a year during the 1992 to 2017 period.
"The results from Antarctica are a clear sign that we woke up a sleeping giant... We do not want the giant to start walking."— Eric Rignot, senior research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Be smart: Antarctica's future, and the future of the world's populated coastlines, are intricately linked and dependent on decisions made during the next one to two decades. It's not a done deal that huge parts of Antarctica are doomed, unless countries fail to rein in greenhouse gas emissions causing global warming.
A Pakistani youth plays with a football next to a Brazilian flag painted on a wall ahead of the upcoming FIFA 2018 World Cup. Photo: Rizwan/Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images
"Some 25 CGI-glutted years later, physical special-effects techniques, also called practical effects, are making a comeback in, of all things, the latest 'Jurassic Park' installment," the WSJ's Darryn King reports.
Why it matters: "When the stop-motion specialist Phil Tippett was working on 1993’s “Jurassic Park,” he saw a dinosaur created entirely through computer-generated imagery, technology that was in its infancy at the time."
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" is out June 22.