|Welcome to MNN's daily newsletter for Friday, June 22. For breaking news throughout the day, visit us online at the Mother Nature Network. |
Sweeping vistas! Vast deserts! Snowcapped mountains! Whether they're masquerading as alien planets in sci-fi films or starring as romanticized versions of themselves in thrillers and dramas, certain spots of the U.S. National Park Service have long held an illustrious role in American cinema. Read the story...
From plastic bags and bottles to old bicycles and bathtubs, Sydney is plagued by submarine litter, some of it reportedly 200 years old. But teams of volunteer divers are now working to clean up the mess, one piece of trash at a time. Read the story...
In an attempt to take her pooch Lulu on a vacation, our pet expert searched high and low for the best dog-friendly destinations to kick back and relax. Read the story...
Every decade has its own, over-the-top supercars. Here are our auto blogger's favorite picks, from the 1920s to the present day. Read the story...
Recipes call for gadgets and ingredients, but the most important tool in making a good meal is frequently your brain and sensory organs, telling you, "This is good, this is tasty, and Eww! Gross! Leave that alone." Use your natural instincts on these 5 recipes. Read the story...
THIS DAY IN HISTORY:
June 22, 1913:
The New York Times reports on an ambitious scheme to make the area's waterways into an electricity-generating colossus. Enormous dams would harness the five-to-seven-foot tides
of New York Harbor and Long Island Sound, not only freeing the region from dependence on coal, but would also "eliminate the unsightly and insanitary marshes and tide flats" around the city.
June 22, 1969:
Cleveland's Cuyahoga River (at right, in 2005) experiences the last, and best-known of a series of fires
as pollutants from factories bordering the river ignite. The subsequent uproar helps establish the U.S. Clean Water Act.
June 22, 1994:
Occidental Petroleum, which bought the Hooker Chemical Company that dumped tons of toxic waste and then sold the Niagara Falls, N.Y., property for development as housing and a public school, agreed to pay $98 million in compensation
to New York state for cleanup costs at the site.
June 22, 2003:
A world-record hailstone
falls during a storm in Aurora, Neb. At 7 inches in diameter, the hailstone is slightly smaller than a soccer ball.