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Report calls for NASA to ramp up search for alien biosignatures  

NASA is again being encouraged to expand its search for alien life - not just intelligent life - all forms of life, including microbes.

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2018-10-18 10:49:04



What makes giant soldier ants?  

Charles Darwin puzzled over why ants come in such wildly different sizes. The question even made him doubt his theory of evolution. New research might explain things

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2018-10-18 10:39:04



How do dogs process words?  

What's happening in your dog's brain when it hears you say squirrel? New research looks at how dog's brains react to human words.

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2018-10-18 10:05:28



Northern lights over Sweden  

Photographer Jörgen Andersson captured the northern lights over Sweden on October 7, 2018.

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2018-10-18 08:51:32



Moon and Mars on October 17 and 18  

Mars isn't as bright now as it was last July and August. But it's still pretty bright! Don't miss it near the moon on these evenings.

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2018-10-17 12:29:14



Chindōgu: The Japanese Art of Unuseless Inventions  

You have definitely seen a chindōgu. They are those ridiculous Japanese inventions designed to solve a particular problem but are, in fact, so clumsy and inelegant that they are an inconvenience to use, and generate a whole lot of new problems. A few examples of chindōgu are: chopsticks with a miniature electric fan to cool noodles on the way to the mouth; glasses with attached funnels that allow the wearer to apply eye drops with accuracy; tiny umbrellas attached to cameras to take picture in...

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2018-10-17 12:14:00



The Lighthouse That Wrecked More Ships Than it Saved  

For more than forty years a lighthouse stood on a large anvil-shaped peninsula jutting into the Tasman Sea near Jervis Bay, in southern Australia. It stood at a place where it shouldn't have, luring ignorant ships into the very rocks they were trying to avoid. The cliffs around Cape St George just south of Jervis Bay was notorious for shipwrecks, and so in the mid-19th century, it was decided that a lighthouse was needed for the safe navigation of coastal shipping. Photo credit: John Eggers/W...

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2018-10-17 12:07:00



Michael Pederson's Fake Street Signs  

Sydney-based artist Michael Pederson creates small signs with humorous messages and tucks them all around his home city at places where you least expect to find them. "Please wait here. Your future self will meet you shortly." says one sign firmly implanted at the edge of a field. Or you walk into a public phone booth and find an official-looking sign announcing that it's a time travel pay phone. "Never press 9" it warns, and you wonder if it's real. Exit signs point at unnatural di...

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2018-10-17 12:02:00



Asteroid 2018 EB has a moon  

Binary asteroids - that is, asteroids with moons - aren't uncommon. More than 300 have been discovered so far. Astronomers found a moon for 2018 EB when it swept closest to Earth on October 7.

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2018-10-17 10:06:30



New species of giant dinosaur identified  

The fossils of Ledumahadi mafube suggest that it was the largest land animal alive 200 million years ago.

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2018-10-17 09:58:54



Venus passages compared  

Venus will sweep near the sun in our sky (inferior conjunction) on October 26. Astronomer Guy Ottewell uses his great skill at illustration to compare this passage of Venus with the last one, and the next one.

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2018-10-16 18:01:14



The Draconids did have an outburst  

Experts had said "no outburst" predicted for the 2018 Draconids. But, since the parent comet had recently passed near, observers knew to watch anyway.

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2018-10-16 10:35:57



The Churches of Chiloé Island  

Off the coast of Chile, a group of about thirty islands belonging to the Chiloe Archipelago make up a fiercely independent community with its own distinct identity visible in the islanders' folklore, mythology, cuisine and unique architecture. So proud the islanders are of their culture that they strongly protested when the government offered to connect the remote islands to the mainland with what would have been Latin America's longest bridge, fearing that tourism would forever erode the...

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2018-10-15 15:14:00



When white dwarf meets brown dwarf, pow!  

In 1670, skywatchers saw a nova, a star that appeared where none had been before. Today's astronomers have learned it was a collision between an aging white dwarf star, and less massive brown dwarf.

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2018-10-14 10:19:29



New technology may help solve mystery of life’s origins  

How did life on Earth begin? A new technology, called Planet Simulator, might finally help solve the mystery.

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2018-10-14 10:04:37



Bees stopped buzzing during total solar eclipse  

In the path of totality of the August 2017 total solar eclipse, bees stopped flying, says a study. "It was like 'lights out' at summer camp."

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2018-10-14 10:00:33



Jupiter in the rearview mirror  

In the final minutes of a close flyby of Jupiter on September 6, the Juno spacecraft captured this departing view of the planet's swirling southern hemisphere.

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2018-10-14 08:24:12



Moon, Saturn and Mars on October 14-17  

These next several nights - October 14, 15, 16 and 17, 2018 - watch the waxing moon move from Saturn to Mars, and with the mind's-eye, envision the invisible dwarf planet Pluto in between these two bright worlds.

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2018-10-14 07:47:09



When 'Blowing Smoke Up Your Ass' Was a Real Thing  

This neat little box containing a pair of bellows and an assortment of pipes and other fixtures is a Tobacco Resuscitator Kit from the 18th century, approved for use and distributed by London's Royal Humane Society, then known as Society for the Recovery of Persons Apparently Drowned. Tobacco was thought to have invigorating properties and the ability to soak up moisture and warm the body from the inside. Thus blowing tobacco smoke through various orifices of the human body was the recommende...

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2018-10-13 13:10:00



Britain's Giant Hillside Chalk Figures  

The Westbury White Horse carved on the hillside near Westbury in Wiltshire, England. Photo credit: tipwarm/Shutterstock.com A large portion of Southern England is made up of chalk. This white limestone are the shells of tiny marine organisms that lived and died in the seas that once covered much of Britain some 90 million years ago. As time progressed, layers of calcium carbonate built up and got compacted into a solid layer of rock. Later, tectonic movements lifted the sea floor out of the sea

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2018-10-11 21:48:00



Meet the trillions of viruses that make up your virome  

Just because you don't have the flu doesn't mean that your aren't teeming with viruses inside and out. But what are all these viruses doing, if they aren't making you sick?

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2018-10-11 10:32:55



Autumn in the English Lake District  

How gorgeous is this? Adrian Strand took this photo on October 7, 2018 in the Lake District in northwest England.

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2018-10-11 08:49:56



How The London Bridge Was Sold to America  

For centuries, children and kindergarteners have sung and danced to the tune of London Bridge is falling down, but when engineers discovered that the London Bridge was actually falling down in the early 1900s, it was no laughing matter. The stone bridge was just over a century old, and was the busiest point in London crossed by 8,000 pedestrians and 900 vehicles every hour. Surveyors found that the bridge was slowly sinking—about one third of a centimeter every year. When measurements were tak...

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2018-10-10 16:07:00



Young moon and Jupiter October 10-12  

The moon is back in the evening sky - low in the west after sunset - as a waxing crescent. The bright object near it is our solar system's biggest planet, Jupiter.

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2018-10-10 13:16:36



Astronomers detect ghostly afterglow of cosmic explosion  

For the 1st time, astronomers have detected the faint radio afterglow of a ghost explosion - a kind of cosmic sonic boom - possibly the result of a weird kind of gamma-ray burst.

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2018-10-10 10:33:40



See it! Venus as a crescent  

The planet Venus is heading toward inferior conjunction - when it goes between us and the sun - on October 26. For some weeks now, we've been receiving photos of Venus as a crescent world.

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2018-10-10 09:00:42



Galgano Guidotti And The Sword in Stone  

The story of King Arthur and his legendary sword Excalibur which he pulled out of a rock to prove his divine right to the throne is well known. But what is fiction to the British, is fact for Italians—for in a Tuscan abbey in Montesiepi, is a sword plunged into solid rock. The sword, of which only the hilt and a few inches of the blade is visible, is now preserved at the abbey of San Galgano in the town of Montesiepi, 30 km from Siena. Legend has it, that the sword was driven into the rock by ...

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2018-10-09 19:47:00



Is Voyager 2 nearing interstellar space?  

Voyager 2, launched in 1977, is now about 11 billion miles (17.7 billion km) from Earth. NASA says the spacecraft has detected an increase in cosmic rays, which might mean it's close to becoming only the 2nd human-made object, after Voyager 1, to enter interstellar space.

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2018-10-09 17:19:19



The World's Longest Portico  

Portico di San Luca: Photo credit: Stefano Carnevali/Shutterstock.com Atop a forested hill, some 300 meters above the city of Bologna, stands the Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca, a 12th century Roman Catholic church. You can drive all the way up to the hill, but you can also walk through a specially constructed corridor. This covered monumental roofed arcade consists of 666 arches and stretches for 3.8 km making it the longest portico in the world.Read more » © Amusing Planet, 2018.

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2018-10-09 15:25:00



South Taurid meteors to peak in October?  

It's meteor season! This shower rarely produces more than 5 meteors per hour (although it's been known to produce fireballs). Now ... when do the South Taurids peak, October or November?

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2018-10-09 13:28:12



Michael heading for Florida panhandle  

The early morning update on Tuesday, October 9, shows Michael as a category 1 hurricane, still forecast to reach major, category 3 status before landfall Wednesday on the Florida panhandle.

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2018-10-09 11:20:56



Whale songs evolve, but calls persist for generations  

Humpback whales have ever-changing and evolving songs. But a new study of whales in Alaska shows their repertoire of calls - including growls, trumpets, and ahoogas - remains more stable. Why?

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2018-10-09 10:37:40



Meet Proxima Centauri, closest star to sun  

The star Proxima Centauri, one of 3 stars in the Alpha Centauri system, is our sun's nearest known neighbor at 4.2 light-years away.

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2018-10-09 10:00:30



Watch 3 whales dive, then leap  

Whale watchers on a cruise out of Nova Scotia got a thrill when they saw 3 whales breach the surface, one after the other. "We did not drive them," the cruise director commented.

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2018-10-09 09:51:27



Hubble is in safe mode. Science operations suspended  

The Hubble Space Telescope has been in safe mode since last Friday evening, following the failure of one of the gyros that helps stabilize it. NASA is analyzing the problem and hopes to resume operations soon.

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2018-10-08 23:20:05



New Zealand's Castaway Depots For Shipwrecked Sailors  

An old castaway hut in the North of Antipodes Islands, New Zealand. Photo credit: LawrieM/Wikimedia Before the Suez and Panama Canals opened, ships sailing from Australia and New Zealand to England and back had to make a treacherous journey through the frigid waters of the Antarctic Ocean fighting fierce winds, huge waves and skirting potentially dangerous icebergs. This route was known as the clipper route—so called because they were usually taken by clippers, a very fast sailing ship of the...

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2018-10-08 21:19:00



Banaba: A Tropical Paradise Destroyed by Mining  

In the Pacific Ocean, halfway between Papua New Guinea and Hawaii, there is a small island named Banaba belonging to a scattered group of islands called the Gilberts. Before European contact, Banaba was a beautiful coral island rich in animal and plant life and with a thriving community that shared close links to people of Kiribati. In 1900, a New Zealand prospector named Albert Ellis working for the Pacific Islands Company discovered that the surface of Banaba was made of petrified guano that h

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2018-10-08 14:13:00



See it! Last night’s SpaceX launch and landing  

Night launches are always fun, and this one - from Vandenberg Air Force Base, north of Los Angeles, California - generated more than its fair shares of awesome images.

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2018-10-08 11:40:25



Microplastics found in sea turtle nesting sand  

Researchers have found microplastics deep in the sand on beaches where sea turtles lay their eggs.

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2018-10-08 10:16:24



Construction begins on ESA’s Plato planet-hunter  

The European Space Agency's next big planet-hunting mission - the Plato space telescope - will continue the search for rocky and potentially habitable worlds orbiting other stars.

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2018-10-07 10:26:28



Cloud shadow over Las Vegas  

Bettina Berg captured this cloud shadow on October 1, 2018.

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2018-10-06 17:01:27



Watch, as black holes spiral closer  

A new simulation by scientists lets you witness supermassive black holes about to collide. One shows them from outside the system, just 40 orbits from merging. The other places you in their midst.

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2018-10-06 14:00:12



Groundbreaking science from ultra-close orbits of Saturn  

Last year, in its Grand Finale, the Cassini spacecraft dove repeatedly between Saturn and its rings. This week, 6 teams of researchers published new research based on Cassini's final days and those daredevil dives.

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2018-10-06 10:58:21



Robert Peary's Meteorite And Minik  

Many historical figures are celebrated for achieving great things but conveniently forgotten of all the terrible things they did to other people. Christopher Columbus is one prime example. A quick Google search will reveal dozens of beloved characters with shady personalities, but one story that is not told often is that of Arctic explorer Robert. E. Peary who is widely believed to be the first person to have reached the North Pole in 1909. This story, however, begins a lot earlier. About 10,00

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2018-10-05 11:17:00



Baby giraffes inherit spot patterns from mom  

A new study suggests spot patterns are linked to survival rates of young giraffes.

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2018-10-05 10:17:25



New dwarf planet nicknamed The Goblin  

The Goblin is a very small dwarf planet, very far away. It might help astronomers in their search for a much bigger world - the long-sought Planet X.

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2018-10-04 18:15:15



The Mountain That Japan Hid From The World  

Photo credit: 663highland/Wikimedia Inside the Shikotsu-Toya National Park, in the island of Hokkaidō, not far from the active stratovolcano, Mount Usu, there is a 400-meter tall volcanic peak called Shōwa-shinzan. Shōwa-shinzan is Japan's youngest mountain. It appeared on 28 December 1943 out of a wheat field accompanied by strong tremors and hot lava. As the molten magma broke through the surface, it uplifted the field and over the following two years the lava dome continued to rise unti...

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2018-10-04 15:26:00



Did the Hubble telescope find the 1st exomoon?  

Astronomers have tantalizing new evidence for a possible Neptune-sized moon orbiting the gas-giant planet Kepler-1625b, some 8,000 light-years away.

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2018-10-04 09:00:13



Zap! Lightning strikes Empire State Building  

Lightning strikes New York City's Empire State Building and One World Trade Center.

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2018-10-04 08:25:26



Arctic sea ice reaches 2018 minimum  

On both September 19 and 23, Arctic sea ice dropped to its minimum extent of 1.77 million square miles (4.59 million square km). The 2018 minimum ties for the 6th-lowest in the satellite record.

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2018-10-04 08:22:10



Moon and Leo before sunup October 5 to 7  

The lit portion of the waning moon always points eastward. That's also the moon's direction of travel in front of the background stars. Watch the moon wane in the coming mornings, as it sweeps through Leo.

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2018-10-04 07:09:30



Stott Hall: The Farm in The Middle of The Highway  

Driving along the M62 motorway, on the border between Lancashire and Yorkshire between junctions 22 and 23, motorists are greeted with an unusual sight—a farm situated smack dab in the middle of the motorway. The two incoming carriageways of the high-speed motorway connecting the cities of Liverpool and Hull separates at this point to make room for the Stott Hall Farm. For the past half a century, the farm has become one of the best-known sights, seen by a hundred thousand people everyday as t...

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2018-10-03 21:38:00



MASCOT returns 1st image from asteroid Ryugu  

Japan's Hayabusa2 spacecraft deployed the MASCOT lander to asteroid Ryugu yesterday. Now, MASCOT has returned its 1st image. An international team of engineers and scientists in Germany is standing by.

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2018-10-03 15:00:41



Gaia reveals stars flying between galaxies  

Only a small number of hypervelocity stars have ever been discovered. Now ESA's Gaia mission has revealed 20 more.

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2018-10-03 10:36:35



Microbes catch a ride on fog  

When fog rolls in, it can bring along communities of airborne microorganisms, says a new study. Moisture in fog allows microbes to last longer than they would in dry air.

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2018-10-03 10:26:47



Can you see the Big Dipper in autumn?  

Sure, it's easy to recognize, but sometimes the Big Dipper is low in the northern sky, or not visible at all. That's the case now, in the evening. How to spot it.

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2018-10-03 09:22:30



Moon and fogbow  

Fogbows - sometimes called white rainbows, cloudbows or ghost rainbows - are made much in the way as rainbows.

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2018-10-03 08:35:45



The Treetop Squatters of Hambach Forest  

For the past six years, some men and women have been living in a small 250-acre forest on the outskirts of Cologne, near the town of Jülich in North Rhine-Westphalia, in western Germany. They eat, live and sleep on elaborate treetop houses perched 80 feet off the forest floor. They are squatters, but they are not homeless. These men and women are occupying the forest to protect it from being swallowed by an open-pit mine operating right on the edge of what happens to be the only oak and hornbe...

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2018-10-02 17:35:00



Breakthrough Listen brings ET search to Africa  

Yuri Milner's Breakthrough Listen program said it has added the MeerKAT telescope in South Africa to its global effort to listen for signals from an alien intelligence.

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2018-10-02 12:25:34



Corippo: The Village That Wants to Become a Hotel  

The tiny mountain village of Corippo, perched on the Swiss Alps, is much more than a village. It is an autonomous municipality with its own coat of arms and a mayor who leads the town council consisting of only three local citizens. With only twelve residents, Corippo is the smallest municipality in Switzerland. And its population is progressively shrinking—just two years ago it had fourteen. When Corippo became a fully independent municipality in the mid-19th century, it had a population of n...

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2018-10-02 12:24:00



What we've learned from 50 years of ocean drilling  

We know more about the surface of the moon than about Earth's ocean floor. But analysis of core samples from the deep seabed has given us insights into climate change, Earth's history, and the key conditions for life.

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2018-10-02 10:01:41



Frankfurt's Old Quarter Reconstructed 70 Years After The War  

The DomRömer Quarter in the heart of the old town of Frankfurt, Germany, has received a new breath of life after the controversial Technical City Hall building was pulled down some years ago, and the entire quarter reconstructed in the style of the pre-war architecture. The historical city center with its beautiful timber-framed buildings was destroyed by RAF bombing during the Second World War. When this quarter was rebuild in the 1950s, the charm of the old alleyways, romantic squares, and p...

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2018-10-01 20:04:00



New image shows a haunting comet landscape  

Citizen scientists now frequently explore spacecraft images, finding and processing hidden treasures. Jacint Roger Perez of Spain processed this Rosetta spacecraft view of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

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2018-10-01 19:01:33



Origami-inspired habitats for the moon and Mars  

An innovative plan by the EuroMoonMars project uses Japanese origami - the art of folding paper into interesting shapes - to design and develop habitats for future human space explorers.

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2018-10-01 16:00:21



Smoke over Yosemite in September  

Last summer's major fires in and around Yosemite National Park in California have been contained, but the U.S. National Park Service reports multiple fires still burning in Yosemite's wilderness.

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2018-10-01 14:30:18



Moon lights up Gemini in early October  

Wake up before dawn in early October 2018, and let the waning moon show you the zodiacal constellations Gemini and Cancer.

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2018-10-01 12:52:53



NASA back in the search for alien technosignatures  

After some prompting by Congress, NASA is again getting involved in SETI. Last week, it held a Technosignatures Workshop in Houston, exploring new ways scientists could seek intelligent aliens.

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2018-10-01 01:22:18



Sunset over England  

Sam Kelly captured Thursday's sunset over the Abberton Reservoir in Essex, England.

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2018-09-30 08:06:47



Matter falling into a black hole at 30% light speed  

There may be misaligned disks of material rotating around the black hole. Rings of gas may be breaking off and colliding, leaving gas to fall directly towards the black hole at unfathomable speeds.

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2018-09-30 07:05:47



NASA balloon tracks electric blue clouds  

A balloon mission flying over the North Pole captured 6 million images of these bright blue noctilucent clouds in their home in the upper atmosphere.

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2018-09-30 06:16:09



Study untangles role of pollution, smoke on thunderclouds  

Smoky air makes it harder for thunderclouds to grow. But pollution - if it's not too heavy - energizes their growth, according to a new study based on satellite data.

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2018-09-30 04:43:24



Death toll surges over 800 in Indonesia earthquake  

Links to stories and images of the 7.5-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Indonesia on Friday. By Sunday morning, the death toll had gone over 800, with thousands waiting to be rescued.

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2018-09-30 01:53:25



Gliwice Radio Station, Where World War 2 Began  

On the evening of August 31, 1939, as the last rays of the setting sun lingered on the top of the giant wooden mast towering over the then German city of Gliwice, a few miles from the border with Poland, two cars passed through the gates of the Gliwice radio station and stopped outside the three-story transmission building. A small unit of SS officers posing as Polish partisans got out of the car. Along with them was Franciszek Honiok, a 43-year-old unmarried German Catholic, who had been arrest

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2018-09-29 16:48:00



The sun in 2 wavelengths  

How our sun looks in 2 different wavelengths at the same time.

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2018-09-29 06:58:11



The Bächle of Freiburg: The Mediaeval Gutters That Became Recreational Hotspots  

The German city of Freiburg in the edge of Black Forest has a curious attraction—little streams of clear water flowing through the city in open channels sunken into the pavement. During a hot day, of which there are plenty in Freiburg, one can see people relaxing besides these streams with their feet dipped into the cold water. Children love to splash around in the shallow waters, they jump, run and float paper boats and have merry. And if an outsider accidentally falls into one, the local wis...

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2018-09-28 19:28:00



Mercury’s strange chemistry revealed  

Mercury is an odd little world, but new research is revealing its mysteries. Plus, the upcoming BepiColombo mission - a joint mission between Europe and Japan - will help scientists understand the planet's origin and evolution.

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2018-09-28 10:15:02



Pink lagoon provides clues to possible Mars life  

This candy-pink lagoon in Spain is providing valuable clues about how extremophile microorganisms might exist on Mars despite the planet's harsh conditions.

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2018-09-28 05:21:23



Moon in Taurus September 28-30  

Even in the moon's glare, you should be able to make out Aldebaran, Taurus' brightest star, as well as the tiny, misty, dipper-shaped Pleiades star cluster.

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2018-09-28 03:26:43



Smith Mansion: The House That Killed its Builder  

For over thirty years a five story rickety wooden structure with long undulating staircases and haphazardly protruding balconies have been standing atop a hillock in the middle of Wapiti Valley, near the town of Cody, in the US state of Wyoming, not far from the Yellowstone National Park. The house was a labor of love, built single-handedly by an eccentric engineer named Francis Lee Smith. Smith spent twelve years building the log house using timber salvaged from a wildfire on the nearby Rattle

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2018-09-27 14:47:00



Thailand's Aircraft-Less Aircraft Carrier  

The aircraft carrier is the ultimate symbol of military strength. Enormously large and with a full fleet of combat aircrafts on its deck, they are floating airbases free to move about in the open ocean, ready to engage with enemy states. A nation equipped with an aircraft carrier has the power to project its military might beyond its shores. They are the flagship of a navy's fleet. Aircraft carriers are prohibitively expensive which is why very few nations have them. On last count, there was f...

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2018-09-27 11:35:00



Hello autumn!  

The sun bursting through autumn leaves in Allaire State Park in New Jersey.

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2018-09-27 02:41:50



Powerful jet from the wrong kind of star  

Astronomers had theorized that strong magnetic fields prevent jets from forming. Then they found a strongly magnetic neutron star with a jet.

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2018-09-26 11:24:31



Opportunity emerges from Mars dust  

We still haven't heard from the Opportunity rover on Mars, which went silent in June when a dust storm engulfed it. Now, at least, the dust has cleared, and we can see the rover!

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2018-09-26 05:55:15



What are haboobs? Amazing pics and videos  

Dust storms, also known as haboobs, occur when winds from dying thunderstorms push downward and pick up sand and dirt across desert areas. Amazing pics and video from last summer's haboobs in Arizona, here.

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2018-09-26 03:39:51



Scientists spy roving dust storms on Titan  

Using data from the Cassini spacecraft, whose mission to Saturn ended a year ago, scientists now say they can see dust storms moving across the surface of Titan, Saturn's large moon.

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2018-09-26 02:43:59



Which one is 'Oumuamua’s home star?  

The 1st object known to be from another solar system passed through our solar system a year ago. Where did it come from? Astronomers have identified 4 plausible candidates.

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2018-09-26 02:03:13



The World's Largest Waterfalls Are Underwater  

Victoria Falls in southern Africa is often regarded as the world's largest waterfalls. "Regarded", because there is no standard method to measure the largeness of a waterfall. A tall waterfalls might not have enough width, while an extremely wide one might have an insignificant drop. If we go by volume or flow rate, then the largest waterfalls should be Boyoma Falls—I bet you've never heard that name. But Boyoma Falls, in reality, are only rapids on the Lualaba river in central Africa....

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2018-09-25 11:30:00



See it! 2018’s Harvest Moon  

We're still collecting images of last night's Harvest Moon, but there are some beauties so far. Check back! We'll be adding more.

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2018-09-25 06:22:03



Fight climate change with more swamps  

These scientists say the world needs more swamps, bogs, fens, marshes and other types of wetlands.

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2018-09-25 06:05:26



How scientists know sea level rise is accelerating  

Sea levels have been rising since the end of the last Ice Age. But the rate of the rise is accelerating, as Earth's global climate warms. A new video from ESA explains how scientists know.

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2018-09-24 12:18:04



How War Marooned 15 Ships in The Suez Canal For Eight Years  

The Arabs and the Jews have never got along. Since the rise of Zionism and Arab nationalism towards the end of the 19th century, the two groups have been involved in petty conflicts that have often led to serious consequences. But out of all the horrible things war entails, one of the best things to come out of the conflict in the Middle East is the story of the "Yellow Fleet". In 1967, Israel's relationship with Egypt turned sour over the closure of the Straits of Tiran, around the Sina...

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2018-09-24 11:11:00



Full Harvest Moon September 24-25  

It's the full moon closest to the autumn equinox. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, it means no great lag time between sunset and moonrise, in this season of waning daylight.

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2018-09-24 06:55:23



MarCO: Tiny cube satellites headed to Mars  

These boxy satellites, small enough to fit in a backpack, are currently trailing thousands of miles behind the InSight spacecraft on their way to Mars.

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2018-09-24 06:40:04



Ross 128 b and the search for Earth-like exoplanets  

Only 11 light-years away, Ross 128 b is the 2nd-closest-known rocky exoplanet. It appears to be a temperate world, with similarities to Earth. Here's a recent study scrutinizing this fascinating world.

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2018-09-24 05:49:16



What’s the recipe for a habitable exoplanet?  

What combination of ingredients produce a planet that can support life? NASA has just awarded $7.7 million to Rice University for a new 5-year research program, in hopes of answering that question.

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2018-09-24 02:16:07



Venus and Jupiter, from Brazil  

Most of us don't often (or ever) witness the view at sunset, from atop a high mountain, on which is perched an astronomical observatory. The 2 planets here are Venus and Jupiter.

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2018-09-23 17:52:17



Why is Earth’s spin axis drifting?  

As Earth rotates, its spin axis -- an imaginary line that passes through the North and South Poles -- drifts and wobbles. Scientists now have, for the 1st time, identified 3 reasons why.

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2018-09-23 07:27:31



Birds flying south. How many will return?  

Contrary to popular thought, birds wintering in the tropics survive the winter better than birds wintering in the U.S. That's despite the fact that tropical wintering birds migrate 3 to 4 times farther.

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2018-09-23 02:34:10



JAXA confirms 2 rovers landed successfully on asteroid Ryugu  

Japan's space agency JAXA said the pair of tiny robots - released by the Hayabusa2 space probe - touched down Saturday on asteroid Ryugu. See the images here.

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2018-09-22 18:47:35



Northern Cyprus's Giant Mountain Flag  

From any high point in Nicosia, the capital and the largest city on the island of Cyprus, one can see a giant flag of Turkey-occupied Northern Cyprus painted on the slopes of Kyrenia Mountains. Beside this flag is another large flag of Turkey and a legendary quote in Turkish made by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey. It says "Ne Mutlu Türküm Diyene" which translates to "How happy is the one who can say 'I'm a Turk!" Each of these flags is about 450 meters ...

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2018-09-21 12:31:00






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