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Providence Canyon: The Man-made Natural Wonder  

Approximately 150 miles southwest of Atlanta, in the US state of Georgia, is a network of gorges and massive gullies lovingly called Georgia's "Little Grand Canyon." It is considered to be one of Georgia's "Seven Natural Wonders", except it isn't at all natural. These impressive canyons were created not by the action of a river over millions of years but by rainwater runoff from farm fields in less than a century. Photo credit: John A. Kelley/USDA Natural Resources Conservation ...

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2018-06-19 16:24:00



The Oldest Bridge In The World  

The ancient Sumerian city of Girsu, located approximately midway between the modern cities of Baghdad and Basrah, in southern Iraq, is one of the earliest known cities of the world. At least five thousand years old, Girsu became the capital of the Lagash kingdom, a sacred metropolis devoted to the Sumerian heroic god Ningirsu, and continued to be its religious center after political power had shifted to the city of Lagash. It was at Girsu that evidence of Sumerian civilization was first discover

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2018-06-19 15:01:00



The Kome Cave Houses And Cannibalism  

Photo credit: Amada44/Wikimedia These smooth walled, well maintained, igloo-shaped mud houses near the village of Mateka, in Lesotho, belie their age. Although they appear very recently built, these houses are nearly two hundred years old and have been continuously inhabited, generation after generation, by the descendants of the original people who built them in the early 19th century. The Ha Kome Cave Village lies a bit off the beaten track, which is true for pretty much any place in the land

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2018-06-18 20:01:00



More wildlife now working the night shift  

It's getting harder for wild animals to find human-free spaces on Earth. New research suggests that human disturbance is creating a more nocturnal natural world.

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2018-06-18 06:41:52



3D view of Amazon rainforest canopy  

A rainforest canopy can reach 15 to 20 stories high. It's an ecosystem unto itself. Now - to study drought effects - scientists have made the 1st 3D measurements of rainforest canopies in the Brazilian Amazon.

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2018-06-18 02:57:52



Life at Alpha Centauri? Maybe, NASA says  

Could life exist on planets in the star system closest to ours, Alpha Centauri? Dangerous X-ray radiation makes it unlikely for the single exoplanet found so far. But new data suggest better odds for any new planets yet to be discovered.

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2018-06-17 13:29:39



See it! Young moon and Venus  

Over several days this weekend, the moon swept near the brightest planet, Venus, in the west after sunset. Thanks to all who contributed photos! Editor's picks, here ...

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2018-06-17 12:18:53



Bees understand the concept of zero  

Scientists just learned that honeybees can understand the concept of zero. That puts bees in an elite club of clever animals - some birds, monkeys, humans - that can grasp the abstract notion of nothing.

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2018-06-17 12:03:47



How The British Fought Fog With Runways of Fire  

During the Second World War, British pilots were fighting more than the German Messerschmitts. They were also fighting against the weather—more specifically, with fog. Fog was responsible for a large number of losses of RAF aircraft returning from bombing missions over Germany. Since most of these raids took place at night, fog would often obscure large areas of the ground making it difficult for the pilots to see the airfields and the runways. In these cases, the pilot would point his airplan...

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2018-06-16 10:47:00



View from space: Lava consumes Hawaii’s Vacationland, Kapoho Bay  

The Kilauea volcano's fissure number 8 has produced a large, channelized lava flow that has acted like a river, eating through the landscape as it flows toward the sea. Before and after satellite views.

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2018-06-16 05:56:27



Storm on the way  

Storm heading towards Taylor's Lake near Horsham, Australia on June 11, 2018. Photo by Lynton Brown.

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2018-06-16 03:57:26



Afghanistan's Last Buddhist Relics  

It's hard to believe that Afghanistan, a country torn by war and religious extremism, was once a peaceful Buddhist nation. Pilgrims from all over Central and South Asia came to this remote mountainous region, built monasteries and colossal statues, dug caves into the sandstone and meditated. Buddhism was brought to Afghanistan in the first century by the Kushan Empire of the historic region of Bactria in Central Asia. The most famous Kushan Emperor, Kanishka the Great, was a great patron of B...

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2018-06-15 15:56:00



Ice losses from Antarctica have tripled since 2012  

Ice melting in Antarctica has raised sea levels by 7.6 mm since 1992, with almost half of this rise coming in the last five years.

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2018-06-15 08:25:32



A giant dust storm is raging on Mars  

One of the thickest dust storms ever seen on Mars has been spreading since early June. The Opportunity rover - 1 of 2 active rovers on Mars - has suspended science operations.

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2018-06-14 07:52:24



Coyote and apple in rural New Mexico  

Coyotes prefer meat, but they'll also eat insects, fruit and grass if that's what's available.

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2018-06-14 07:02:40



Gulf of Mexico 2018 dead zone forecast  

NOAA scientists project that this summer's Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone or 'dead zone' - an area of low to no oxygen that can kill marine life - will be about the size of Connecticut.

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2018-06-14 04:38:29



Moon, Mercury, Venus June 14 to 16  

On June 14, 15 and 16, 2018, the young moon swings by 2 planets - brilliant Venus and fainter Mercury - in the west after sunset. How to spot 'em, here.

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2018-06-14 04:09:04



Lake George: The Lake That Vanishes  

About 40 kilometers north-east of Canberra, in Australia, right next to the Federal Highway is a large lake, but you might not always see it. Depending on which time of the year or day you visit, there might be a large expanse of water or a swampy pastureland. Lake George is extremely unpredictable. Its waters come and go like a mirage. There are stories of the lake's waters retreating up to a kilometer from the shore in the course of a single night. When full, the lake spreads over 155 squar...

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2018-06-13 23:29:00



The Burning Mountain of New South Wales, Australia  

Approximately 224 km north of Sydney, just off the New England Highway, in New South Wales, Australia, is a hill that has been burning for the last 6,000 years. The fire burns underground, at a depth of about 30 meters, fueled by a coal seam that runs through the sandstone. The aborigines called the mountain Wingen, which means 'fire', and used its heat for warmth in the winter months, for cooking and for the manufacture of tools. They believed that the mountain was set on fire by a trib

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2018-06-13 12:36:00



ALMA spies 3 planets around a young star  

Astronomers have evidence for 3 infant planets forming in a disk around a newborn star. They say their new observing technique could find some of the youngest planets in our galaxy.

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2018-06-13 10:33:37



What we inherited from bug-eating mammal ancestors  

If you're an advocate for insects in human diets, go ahead. Munch on a grasshopper. The genes needed to digest bugs are still in our genome, inherited from the tiny, furry distant ancestors of all mammals, including humans.

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2018-06-13 07:26:46



Watch spacewalk June 14  

On Thursday, 2 astronauts aboard the International Space Station will conduct a 6-and-a-half-hour spacewalk. NASA's live coverage begins at 10:30 UTC (6:30 a.m. EDT). The spacewalk itself is scheduled to start at 12:10 UTC (8:10 a.m EDT).

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2018-06-13 06:59:23



Northern lights and north star. Steve?  

A skywatcher caught this unusual aurora last night, pointing directly to the North Star.

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2018-06-13 06:29:38



New image of the Tarantula Nebula  

Glowing brightly about 160, 000 light-years away, the Tarantula Nebula is the most spectacular feature of the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of our Milky Way's satellite galaxies.

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2018-06-13 04:23:15



What Rooftops Tell About Hong Kong's Residents  

For over four years, photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagrèze has been training his lens on the rooftops of Hong Kong's skyscrapers, in particular those aging buildings located in the very center of the city. These are the only buildings, unlike modern skyscrapers, where the rooftop is left unlocked and accessible by all inhabitants. Given the scarcity of space in a city of 7 million, these communal rooftops are like courtyards, but in the air. "Hong Kong has more skyscrapers than any other cit...

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2018-06-12 20:49:00



From pulsar to magnetar? Or vice versa?  

Since the 1970s, scientists have treated pulsars and magnetars as 2 distinct populations of objects. Now they think they might be stages in a single object's evolution. A new NASA ScienceCast has more.

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2018-06-12 06:27:52



The strange case for life in other universes  

More about the mind-boggling new studies suggesting that there could be many parallel universes beyond our own, where life is able to flourish.

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2018-06-12 05:19:42



Coyotes in the park  

Coyotes are the most famous of the wild animals species that have returned to North American cities and towns in recent years. Encountering them can be unnerving.

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2018-06-12 05:01:10



June new moon is a supermoon  

The June 13 new moon is the 1st in a series of 3 new moon supermoons. The other 2 will fall on July 13 and August 11, 2018.

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2018-06-12 01:30:27



When is Eid in 2018?  

A day - or two - after this month's new moon, Muslims will celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the festival of breaking the fast. A young moon sighting determines its date. 

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2018-06-11 02:59:20



End of the journey for iceberg B-15?  

B15 was the largest iceberg ever recorded to break away from Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf. That was in the year 2000. Now the iceberg is nearly gone. See its remant from space, and the track of its journey.

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2018-06-11 02:23:33



No Planet Nine? Collective gravity might explain weird orbits at solar system’s edge  

Astronomers have been searching for a Planet Nine - a world about 10 times Earth's mass - for about 2 years and have yet to spot it. Maybe there's another explanation?

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2018-06-10 03:13:10



How far away was that lightning?  

When you see a flash of lightning, do you count seconds until it thunders? An atmospheric scientist comments ...

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2018-06-10 02:18:59



Watch a total lunar eclipse  

Take 37 seconds to watch the January 31, 2018, super Blue Moon eclipse! This video - from Colin Legg in Australia - is composed of more than 4,000 images.

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2018-06-10 01:24:44



The Niagara Gorge Railroad  

Before the Niagara river plunges along the Canada-United States border to create the mesmerizing Niagara Falls, it cuts a 11 km long gorge through the hard dolomite rocks of the Niagara Escarpment. This gorge has been a popular scene for sightseers ever since Niagara welcomed its first tourists more than a hundred years ago. Back then, the gorge was home to another attraction—a narrow-gauge railroad running along the shoreline at the bottom of the gorge. The Niagara Gorge Railroad was the d...

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2018-06-09 12:04:00



Landscaping In The Back Of Japanese Mini Pickup Trucks  

The Japan Federation of Landscape Contractors organizes an annual landscaping contest, where landscaping contractors from around Japan arrive on site with their mini pickup trucks and then spending several hours transforming the cargo bed into a small garden. The contest is called "the Kei Truck Garden Contest." The Kei Truck, or kei-tora, is a mini truck of Japanese origin but is now used widely throughout Asia and other parts of the world as well. In Asia, these trucks are mostly used in a...

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2018-06-09 11:44:00



Venus, Castor, Pollux on June 9 to 11  

At nightfall on June 9, 10 and 11, use Venus to find the Gemini stars, Castor and Pollux, before their heliacal setting later this month.

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2018-06-09 05:45:25



Kilauea volcano still going strong  

The ongoing event is now said to be one of Kilauea's most destructive eruptions in modern times.

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2018-06-09 03:42:23



The Hill With The Longest Name  

Photo credit: itravelNZ/Flickr Near Porangahau in southern Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, stands an insubstantial hill with a very substantial name. The hill is known as "Taumata whakatangi hangakoauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu", which translates approximately to "the summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, who slid, climbed and swallowed mountains, played his flute to his loved one." For brevity, it is often shortened to Taumata. Read m...

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2018-06-08 16:12:00



Phlegraean Fields: The Italian Supervolcano Ready To Blow  

Just to the west of Naples, in Italy, is an area riddled with craters and cones. Jets of steam and sulfurous gases vent continuously from fissures and fumaroles, while the ground itself heaves, indicating that somewhere below is a supervolcano that's growing increasingly restless. The Phlegraean Fields, known as Campi Flegrei in Italian, first erupted some 39,000 years ago, and when it did, it was so massive that scientists believe that it triggered a climate change that drove the last of the...

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2018-06-08 12:48:00



Rover finds 2 new life clues on Mars  

"Are there signs of life on Mars? We don't know, but these results tell us we are on the right track."

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2018-06-07 14:22:01



Mars explorers wanted!  

Can you picture yourself as an explorer, farmer, surveyor or teacher on Mars? Download a NASA Mars poster (free!) that speaks to you.

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2018-06-07 07:54:37



Explore 20 years of Earth data  

From NASA, 2 decades of planetary change. See detailed views of volcanoes fuming, hurricanes flooding, dams being built, wildfires sweeping across landscapes and more.

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2018-06-07 04:41:48



More mystery objects near Milky Way’s giant black hole  

Astronomers call them G-objects. The 2 previously known ones came incredibly close to the Milky Way's central black hole, yet survived. Now astronomers report 3 more of these mystery G-objects near the heart of our galaxy.

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2018-06-07 04:26:39



Let NASA take you on a virtual trip to exoplanets  

Exoplanets are worlds orbiting distant stars. Until recently, they existed only in the realm of imagination and probability. Now we know thousands! NASA's Exoplanet Travel Bureau lets you explore them.

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2018-06-07 03:57:41



The Ancient Iranian Salt Mummies  

In northwestern Iran, near the villages of Hamzehli, Mehrabad and Chehrabad, in Zanjan province, is a large salt dome protruding into the surrounding rocky terrain. This salt dome, consisting of saliniferous rocks, in particular gypsum, clay and rock salt, were deposited in the Miocene period some 5 to 23 million years ago. Tectonic activity and the lack of overlying ground had brought the salt very close to the surface allowing it to be extracted by underground mining. There are many salt mine

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2018-06-06 15:54:00



New Horizons is awake!  

New Horizons is boldly exploring where none have explored before. It's the craft that swept past Pluto in 2015. Now it's preparing for its next encounter on January 1, 2019.

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2018-06-06 05:50:18



When did humans learn to count?  

Linguistic clues show how people around the world first developed mathematical thought.

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2018-06-06 05:49:08



Sharks’ 6th sense tuned to attack  

In recent studies, sharks had a simple reaction to a wide range of electric fields, suggesting their system is tuned for one thing: catching prey.

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2018-06-06 04:18:31



Vesturhorn reflection  

Wow! Photo by Grafixart Sam of Iceland's Vesturhorn mountain.

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2018-06-06 01:17:59



The Canadian Town Called Asbestos  

The asbestos mine in Asbestos, Quebec, Canada. Photo credit: Denis-Carl Robidoux/Flickr At the heart of the triangle made by the three Canadian cities of Quebec, Montreal, and Sherbrooke, lies a town with the worst name imaginable—Asbestos. So ugly is the word, that local businesses with "Asbestos" painted on their vehicles are denied entry into the United States. Custom agents recoil with horror when they see "Asbestos" stamped on packages of meat. Read more » © Amusing Plane...

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2018-06-05 16:24:00



Dunes on Pluto? Yes, but made of methane ice  

The discovery of methane dunes on Pluto is an indication of another way in which this planet mimics Earth, but in a way that is utterly unique and alien.

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2018-06-05 06:25:27



Globular clusters not as old as thought?  

New research suggests that globular clusters - once thought to be nearly as old as the universe itself - aren't that old, after all. They might be only around 9 billion years old.

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2018-06-05 01:49:01



The Jefferson Grid  

The vast majority of America's western land is divided into a lattice-work of farms, towns and forests. This grid pattern was first proposed by Thomas Jefferson shortly after the American Revolutionary War, when the federal government came into possession of large areas of land. Before this newly acquired land could be sold, distributed and settled, it needed to be surveyed. Before the Land Ordinance of 1785 was adopted, colonies were surveyed using the British system of "metes and bounds...

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2018-06-04 21:34:00



The Meteorite That Crashed Into A Car  

The Peekskill meteorite car sitting at a collector's garage in Peekskill. Photo credit: Ryan Thompson/Flickr On October 9, 1992, a brilliant fireball flashed across the evening sky over eastern United States startling thousands of spectators attending the weekly high school football matches being played across the East Coast. The fireball, that witnesses described as being brighter than the full moon, was travelling almost horizontally and heading northeast. In just forty seconds, the meteo...

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2018-06-04 13:41:00



Shelf cloud over Florida  

People see and photograph shelf clouds most often when these clouds are moving just ahead of intense lines of thunderstorms.

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2018-06-04 04:41:50



These distant moons may harbor life  

Researchers in California and Australia say they've identified 121 giant planets whose moons might be capable of supporting life.

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2018-06-04 03:58:28



Can you see better than your dog, cat, or goldfish?  

How does your kitchen look through the eyes of a cat, fish, fly or mosquito? A new study compares our human eyesight to the vision of other creatures.

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2018-06-04 03:34:38



Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupts in fury  

Reports indicate at least 25 dead and hundreds injured from Sunday's powerful eruption of Volcan de Fuego, one of Central America's most active volcanoes.

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2018-06-04 02:08:20



Small asteroid might have impacted Earth on Saturday  

Astronomers found the asteroid - now labeled ZLAF9B2 - Saturday morning, hours before closest approach. Trajectory models, observer reports and a video all suggest it struck Earth's atmosphere over South Africa on Saturday.

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2018-06-03 07:31:56



Wildfire smoke messing with orangutans’ eating and sleep  

"They sounded raggedy, a little like humans who smoke a lot," said a researcher who studies orangutans in the Indonesian forests.

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2018-06-03 02:56:16



Mars starts to rise before midnight  

Or does it?

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2018-06-02 20:55:01



Sungbo's Eredo: Africa's Biggest Monument Nobody Has Heard Of  

Deep in the Nigerian rainforest, there was once an immense kingdom surrounded by a huge earthen wall and moat. Built during the Middle Ages, this great African kingdom was larger than many contemporary kingdoms of its time such as Baghdad or Cairo or Rome. Yet, nothing of this vast kingdom survive today save for its fortification wall—a structure so enormous that its construction was a feat that was bigger in scale than that of the Great Pyramid of Giza. The BBC calls it "Africa's larges...

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2018-06-02 18:58:00



Sunset with lightning over Illinois  

Russ Adams captured this glorious image in Pike County, Illinois on May 26, 2018.

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2018-06-02 02:44:11



Moon, Saturn, Mars before dawn June 1-3  

These 2 worlds - Saturn and Mars - will shine brightly and beautifully in our sky over the coming months. Let the moon guide you to them in the next few mornings.

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2018-06-01 06:52:52



2017’s costliest hurricanes  

Harvey, Irma and Maria - all 2017 hurricanes - are among the top 5 costliest Atlantic hurricanes since record-keeping began in 1851.

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2018-06-01 06:43:23



2018 Atlantic hurricane season outlook  

Atlantic hurricane season starts today. Experts are forecasting a 75% chance that the 2018 season will be near- or above-normal, thanks in part to a weak El Niño.

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2018-06-01 03:19:21



The Standard Model theory of particle physics  

"What a dull name for the most accurate scientific theory known to human beings ... As a theoretical physicist, I'd prefer 'The Absolutely Amazing Theory of Almost Everything'."

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2018-05-31 06:31:57



Viewing Saturn’s rings soon? Read me 1st  

The best few months of 2018 for seeing Saturn's glorious rings are upon us. You've seen the photos, but maybe you want to see the rings with your own eyes? Here are a few things to think about.

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2018-05-31 02:50:17



The Boneyard of Colon Cemetery  

The Colon Cemetery in Havana, Cuba, named after Christopher Columbus, is well known for its many elaborately sculpted memorials and mausoleums, but it is also notorious for overcrowding. Since its opening in 1876, more than a million people have been buried here, and being an active cemetery, fresh bodies arrive here every day. To make room for the recently dead, old graves are dug up every three years and the remains are boxed and stored within the cemetery's premises. But back in the late 1...

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2018-05-30 15:50:00



Planet-hunter Kepler keeps going as fuel dwindles  

Kepler has discovered thousands of exoplanets, and soon will run out of fuel. Now it's begun its 18th observing campaign, with a focus on objects including the famous nearby Beehive star cluster and infamous asteroid Apophis.

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2018-05-30 02:50:34



Moon and Saturn close May 30 and 31  

The moon is past full on May 30 and 31. You'll find it ascending in the east several hours after sunset. Saturn - now nearly at its best for 2018 - is the nearest bright object.

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2018-05-30 02:43:46



Manhattanhenge comes to New York City  

Each year on May 29 and 30 - and again in early July - New Yorkers watch for Manhattanhenge. Here's what causes it.

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2018-05-30 01:04:05



The Valley of Names  

For over seventy years, people have been driving out in their RVs to a remote desert area near the city of Yuma, in the US state of Arizona, to write their names and leave messages on the desert floor. Unlike regular graffiti that is hurtful to the environment, at Valley of Names messages are spelled out by carefully arranging rocks and small boulders in the hard-packed white sand. The practice probably began during the Second World War when U.S. Army General George Patton brought his soldiers t

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2018-05-29 23:31:00



The Chapel Inside a Volcano  

Santa Margarida is a freato-magmatic volcano located in the Spanish county of Garrotxa, in Catalonia. Some 11,500 years ago, the earth's crust burst opened and out poured millions of tons of magma, that accumulated in a conical hill more than six hundred meters tall. At the top of this hill a wide circular crater was formed, whose floor today is carpeted with thick grass and shrubs while the flanks of the volcano are covered in evergreen holm oak and mixed deciduous forest. Amidst this, and sm...

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2018-05-29 21:04:00



On and in extinction  

"I am living a few hundred feet above a scar, a surface representing the worst disaster ever inflicted on planet Earth."

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2018-05-29 06:49:33



Could we learn E.T.’s language?  

If an extraterrestrial civilization had a language, would it have common features with Earth languages? Linguists explain why they think it's possible.

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2018-05-29 06:42:47



The real story behind that melted camera  

NASA's melted camera became a social media phenomenon last week. Here's the story behind the picture.

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2018-05-29 04:36:23



3rd of this season’s 3 full moons May 29  

In 2018, we have 3 full moons between the March equinox and June solstice. Exactly 12 full moons from now - in May 2019 - we'll be enjoying the 3rd of 4 full moons of this season. People will call it a Blue Moon.

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2018-05-29 03:05:22



Top 10 new species 2018  

This year's list includes a towering tree and a tiny, single-celled protist, as well as a rare great ape and the fossil of an Australian marsupial lion.

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2018-05-29 02:43:37



Killed Negatives of The Great Depression  

During America's Great Depression, the Information Division of the U.S. Farm Security Administration sent out an army of photographers to document the hard years, the poor and their poverty, their shattered homes and their fractured morals. Over 160,000 images were captured, but less than half made it to print. Heading the photography program was Roy Stryker, a highly educated economist and a photographer himself. Stryker made sure that the photographers were well briefed on what was wanted f...

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2018-05-28 21:01:00



Lightning sprites over Oklahoma  

My best sprite lightning capture to date, said long-time observer Paul Smith.

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2018-05-28 06:34:15



When was Earth’s 1st snow?  

A new study suggests our planet got its 1st snowfall about 2.4 billion years ago, after a lot of land rose swiftly from the sea and set off dramatic changes on Earth.

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2018-05-27 06:21:04



Waiting for tomorrow  

Tommy Richardsen captured this image near Skjervøy in northern Norway.

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2018-05-27 05:39:49



Does Planet Nine exist? Astronomers point to new evidence  

A new study concludes that a large, as-yet-unknown Planet Nine - an estimated 4 times the size of Earth and 10 times its mass - is influencing the behavior of an oddball object in the outer solar system.

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2018-05-27 02:57:09



The Japanese Balloon Bombs of World War 2  

On May 5, 1945, Reverend Archie Mitchell took his five-month pregnant wife and a group of five children from the church, where he was the pastor, for picnic and fishing up in the mountains near Bly in Oregon. Mitchell dropped the group near a logging road so that they could hike through the woods while he drove up the mountain. The picnickers eventually arrived at Leonard Creek, where they intended to lunch. While Mitchell was unloading the vehicle, he heard one of the children say, "Look at w...

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2018-05-25 12:21:00



Ice Stupas: These Artificial Glaciers Are Solving Water Crises in The Himalayas  

Photo credit: Sonam Wangchuk High in the Himalayas in northern India, at a remote village near Phyang Monastery in Ladakh, stands two gigantic ice cones. They were built last winter by piping water from glaciers and streams high up in the mountains, and allowing the water to freeze in the cold winter nights. All throughout spring, the sun slowly melted the cones providing a steady supply of water for the villagers to irrigate their fields of barley, apples, and other crops. These ice cones are

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2018-05-25 12:20:00



Is Pluto made of a billion comets?  

By comparing data from the 1st-ever Pluto flyby and a 1st-ever comet rendezvous mission, scientists developed what they call 'the giant comet' model of Pluto formation.

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2018-05-25 11:54:55



Astronauts’ views of Mount Shasta  

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured these images of Mount Shasta while orbiting over northern California at different times of the year.

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2018-05-25 08:51:23



Beauty! Moon and Jupiter May 25 to 28  

Jupiter is the brightest object near the moon on all of these nights. You'll also notice a bright star, Spica in the constellation Virgo, nearby.

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2018-05-25 02:46:28



Scientists track major freshwater change  

"What we are witnessing is major hydrologic change," they said. Over 14 years, Earth's wet land areas got wetter. Dry areas got drier. They also reported multiple hot spots resulting from groundwater depletion.

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2018-05-24 09:52:09



Fly through the Orion Nebula  

Take 3 minutes to fly through the spectacular Orion Nebula, in this new 3D visualization from NASA.

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2018-05-24 02:14:44



What’s this strange cloud?  

"Eerie!" thought Michael Scully in North Carolina on Monday morning, when he caught this image with his iPhone. Turns out it was a rocket launch from Wallops Island of an uncrewed Cygnus cargo ship, due to reach the International Space Station today.

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2018-05-24 01:50:11



Kamikatsu: The Town That Produces No Trash  

Do you find separating trash by paper and plastic a chore? Then think about the residents of Kamikatsu, a small town in the mountains of Shikoku Island in south-west Japan, who have to segregate trash into 45 different categories. At the waste collection center, there are separate bins for different types of products: newspapers, magazines, cartons, metal caps, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, steel cans, spray cans, fluorescent lights, and so on. You might think this is an overkill, but Kamikats

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2018-05-23 16:27:00



Ko Panyi: Thailand's Floating Village  

Aerial view of Ko Panyi, fishing village in Phang Nga Province, Thailand. Photo credit: roadlessandy/instagram In a sheltered bay in southern Thailand, under the shadow of an immense, almost vertical limestone cliff, hundreds of huts, shacks, restaurants and houses cluster together to form the village of Ko Panyi. The sea here is shallow and calm allowing fishermen to build houses raised safely above the water level on stilts. More than 300 families and nearly 1,500 people live permanently on K

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2018-05-23 11:34:00



Astronomers magnify detail in Black Widow pulsar  

They observed 2 intense regions of radiation on this rapidly spinning pulsar some 6,500 light-years away. "Like seeing a flea on the surface of Pluto," they said.

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2018-05-23 10:28:01



A space ant fires its lasers  

A rare natural laser beaming from the heart of the spectacular Ant Nebula suggests the presence of a double star system.

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2018-05-23 06:33:22



Sunrise from Sea Bright, New Jersey  

One World Trade Center - aka Freedom Tower - is the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex in Lower Manhattan, New York City.

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2018-05-23 03:36:31



A tiny helicopter for Mars 2020  

"After the Wright Brothers proved 117 years ago that powered, sustained, and controlled flight was possible here on Earth, another group of American pioneers may prove the same can be done on another world."

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2018-05-22 05:15:21



A case against killing spiders  

An entomologist explains why it's a good idea to be nice to the spiders you encounter and consider a live-and-let-live policy.

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2018-05-22 01:24:58






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