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Tower of The Winds: The World's First Weather Station  

The Tower of the Winds, or the Horologion of Andronikos Kyrrhestes, is an elegant octagonal marble tower in the Roman Agora in Athens. It is considered to be the world's first meteorological station. More than 2,000 years old, the tower has eight sides corresponding to the eight principle winds, a sundial to tell time, a wind vane to show the direction of wind and an interior water clock that in antiquity could be read even in darkness. Each of the building's eight sides face a point of the ...

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2018-07-20 13:14:00



On July 20, the bright “star” near the moon is Jupiter  

As soon as darkness falls on July 20, use to moon to find the dazzling king planet Jupiter nearby. Then, over the new few evenings, the moon can help you identify the bright red star Antares.

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2018-07-20 06:15:22



Mars from the International Space Station  

Astronaut photo of Mars from the International Space Station (ISS), In this image, Mars has been highlighted and enlarged 20 times.

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2018-07-20 05:26:51



Is the moon toxic to humans?  

When the Apollo astronauts returned from the moon, the dust that clung to their spacesuits made their throats sore and their eyes water. Lunar dust is made of sharp, abrasive particles, but how toxic is it for humans?

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2018-07-20 04:58:09



Apollo and the moon-landing hoax  

Why do people persist in denying that human beings landed on the moon?

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2018-07-20 03:19:18



The Story Behind Sydney's 'Eternity' Graffiti  

For over twenty five years, from 1930 to 1956, the people of Sydney woke up each day to a one-word in yellow crayon on footpaths, train station platforms, and perimeter walls lining the city's many walkways and streets. Each day a fresh batch of graffiti rendered in beautiful copperplate lettering style  would appear at places where there weren't any the previous night. Somehow, for twenty five years, a mysterious figure had managed to sneak into the ci...

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2018-07-19 21:18:00



Before The Internet, What People Asked New York Public Library's Librarians?  

Before there was the Internet and Google, the only way to find answers to a pressing question was to visit the local library and ask the all-knowing librarian. A few years ago, the staff at the New York Public Library discovered a box of cards containing questions posed to the librarian by members of the public. These question were asked either in person or received via telephone. The telephone "ask a librarian" service was set up in 1967 and operates to this day. And surprisingly, despite ...

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2018-07-19 16:36:00



Volcano discovered under fastest-melting Antarctic glacier  

Antarctica's Pine Island Glacier is melting, thanks to warming waters from below. What's more, a recent study has discovered a volcano beneath the glacier.

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2018-07-19 10:17:21



Witness the birth of an iceberg  

This iceberg broke off Greenland's Helheim Glacier on June 22. If laid atop New York City, it'd stretch from lower Manhattan to Midtown.

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2018-07-19 05:56:42



Meteor, Mars and Milky Way  

Night sky over South Korea's Mount Seoraksan.

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2018-07-19 03:22:41



Astronomers discover 10 new moons for Jupiter  

Most planets have moons, and Jupiter already had the most. Now, with these new ones, Jupiter has a whopping 79 moons altogether ... so far.

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2018-07-18 05:42:56



Volcanic mood rings  

The crater lakes at the summit of Kelimutu volcano in Indonesia change colors from day to day. The colors can change from white, green, blue and brown to black.

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2018-07-18 01:31:22



Whoa! Flash flood footage from Utah  

Amazing flash flood footage from Utah, July 16, 2018.

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2018-07-17 10:06:26



June 2018 ties for 3rd-warmest June on record  

June 2018 continued the warming trend of the past 40 years. Plus, a word about the climate change myth that there's been no warming since 1998.

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2018-07-17 09:41:45



Uranus, Neptune, Pluto: A longer view  

Beloved astronomer Guy Ottewell announces his newest book.

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2018-07-17 05:08:29



Listen as Saturn and its moon interact  

Spacecraft observations reveal plasma waves moving from Saturn to its rings and its moon Enceladus. Researchers converted a recording of the plasma waves into an audible cosmic whoosh that you'll enjoy.

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2018-07-17 04:09:50



Tura Coo: The Cow That Led A Town To Riots  

A hundred years ago, a small farming community called Turriff in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, became the unlikely stage for one of the most bizarre anti-government riots ever staged in Britain. At the center of the disruption was a white shorthorn cow, famed throughout the country as the "Turra Coo". The story of Turra's most famous "coo" begins in 1911, the year the government introduced National Insurance. According to this new scheme both workers and employers were required to con...

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2018-07-16 11:00:00



Astronomers find ‘ghost dunes’ on Mars  

Robot orbiters circling Mars have acquired images of "ghost dunes." These pits are where tall crescent-shaped dunes, similar to ones on Earth, used to exist billions of years ago.

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2018-07-16 02:06:57



Innovative new instrument to seek habitable worlds  

A new infrared instrument on a telescope in Hawaii will let astronomers find more exoplanets orbiting red dwarf stars. The discoveries may include rocky worlds that are potentially habitable.

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2018-07-15 16:58:54



See it! Moon sweeps past Mercury  

Some Northern and some Southern Hemisphere photos of Mercury from Saturday night. Don't forget to look for Venus near the moon Sunday evening!

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2018-07-15 05:19:24



Ghostly neutrino caught in South Pole ice ushers in a new astronomy  

Last week, scientists announced the 1st known source for ghostly, high-energy neutrinos. The source is a blazar, a billion-solar-mass black hole 3.7 billion light-years away. The discovery establishes a new way to study the universe.

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2018-07-15 02:40:45



5 things we know – and 5 we don't – about ‘Oumuamua  

Mysterious 'Oumuamua is the 1st confirmed interstellar object to pass through our solar system.

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2018-07-15 01:16:59



What Soldiers Carried To Battlefield Through The Ages  

Societies have been warring with each other since ancient times. Weapons were probably the first tools humans built, first to hunt animals for food and later to kill enemies competing for the same resources. Cave paintings dating to 30,000 years ago depict human beings pierced with arrows, and some of the oldest rock art depicting acts of violence between hunter-gatherers have been found in Northern Australia, dated to 10,000 years ago. Cave art belonging to the Mesolithic period (15,000 to 5,00

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2018-07-14 15:16:00



Asteroid 2017 YE5 turns out to be double  

Asteroid 2017 YE5 swept by Earth in late June. Turns out, it's a double asteroid, with both bodies almost identical in size and not touching - only the 4th such object ever detected.

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2018-07-14 10:13:55



Moon, Mercury, Venus July 14-16  

Find an unobstructed horizon in the direction of sunset, and watch for the young moon to swing by Mercury on July 14 and then Venus on July 15.

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2018-07-14 04:45:02



Geyser and Milky Way  

Milky Way over Biscuit Basin, in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park .

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2018-07-14 04:40:43



Broken Promises: The Wartime Evacuation of Imber And Tyneham  

In the beginning of November 1943, all residents of Imber, a quiet little village at the heart of Salisbury Plain, were summoned to a meeting in the village schoolroom where they were informed that they had just 47 days to pack their bags and leave. The village, they were told, was required by the War Department in order to train American troops in street fighting which they will eventually encounter in Nazi occupied Europe after the hopefully successful invasion of Normandy. This sudden and for

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2018-07-13 16:26:00



How the moon’s orbit makes supermoons  

An explanation of why extra-close perigees and extra-far apogees happen at new and full moons.

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2018-07-13 01:36:47



2018’s closest new supermoon on July 13  

The closest new moon of 2018 - a supermoon - comes on July 13. You won't see it, but Earth's oceans will feel it. Then, 2 weeks later, we have the year's farthest full moon.

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2018-07-12 16:15:23



Kryptos: The Mystery Sculpture At CIA's Headquarters  

For the past 17 years, a cryptographic puzzle has stood on the grounds of the CIA's headquarters in Langley, Virginia, taunting cryptographers, both amateur and professional, including the Agency's own experts. The sculpture comprises of an S-shaped copper screen surrounded by other elements such as a piece of petrified wood, a red and green granite, a white quartz and a pool of water. On this copper screen, are cut out four ciphers in a jumble of letters—some 1,700 of them, and spread ac...

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2018-07-12 15:37:00



Friday the 13th supermoon solar eclipse  

The 2018 Friday the 13th solar eclipse will be seen mainly over the Southern Ocean, between Australia and Antarctica. The southeastern Australia coast will see a very skimpy partial eclipse on Friday afternoon. Eclipse times for that region here.

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2018-07-12 04:56:04



July sunrise  

Yesterday's sunrise over the Potomac River at Fort Hunt, Virginia.

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2018-07-12 04:21:55



The Marsh Arabs of Iraq  

The two great rivers of ancient Mesopotamia—Tigris and Euphrates—rises in the Taurus mountains in southern Turkey, and after flowing through Turkey and then Syria, enters the vast desert kingdom of Iraq. Before it empties into the Persian Gulf, the rivers split into dozens of small streams and channels that meander across an enormous plain in southern Iraq forming what once used to be the largest wetland ecosystem of Western Eurasia, covering some 20,000 square kilometers. In this vast ferti...

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2018-07-11 11:37:00



Heads up! It’s a month of eclipses  

Partial solar eclipse July 13. Total lunar eclipse July 27. Partial solar eclipse August 11.

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2018-07-10 14:24:03



See it! Tuesday’s moon near Aldebaran  

Aldebaran represents the fiery red eye of the Bull in the constellation Taurus. Check out these dramatic photos of the moon and Aldebaran close, on Tuesday morning.

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2018-07-10 02:13:50



Close and far Martian oppositions  

Want a more numerical explanation for why 2018 is a great year to view Mars? This post is for you.

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2018-07-10 01:24:51



See it! Mars is very bright now  

Why are many people beginning to take photos of this single reddish "star?" Because it's Mars, and it's Mars' time to shine. Recent photos from the EarthSky Community here.

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2018-07-10 01:01:42



Roger Babson: The Man Who Tried To Fight Gravity  

Throughout history humans have learnt to live with gravity despite its innumerable inconveniences, accepting it as a physical fact of the universe. But not Roger Babson. A successful American businessman and economist, Babson was not a man to be pushed around. Roger Babson was born in 1875 in Gloucester, Massachusetts. He attended the MIT and soon after earning an engineering degree, founded a security analysis and investment management company. Within a decade Babson had become a multimilliona

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2018-07-09 23:22:00



Trinity Bridge: The Orphaned Bridge of Crowland  

In the heart of Crowland, a small town in Lincolnshire, England, is a unique attraction—a 14th century stone arch bridge standing by the side of a road junction, long away from any river. But before it was left high and dry the bridge was a vital crossing point in south Lincolnshire dating back to Anglo-Saxon times. Long, long ago, the River Welland flowed through Crowland, splitting at a point where the bridge stands today. One arm of the river continued north following more or less the prese...

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2018-07-09 15:43:00



See it! Venus and Regulus meet  

The bright planet Venus and star Regulus - brightest light in the constellation Leo the Lion - met in the western twilight sky Monday evening.

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2018-07-09 11:01:37



These 2 exoplanets might have seasons and stable climates  

New findings suggest that some exoplanets will have stable axial tilts and climates, much as Earth does. This knowledge will help astronomers search for worlds similar to ours - the long-sought Earth 2.0.

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2018-07-09 05:58:51



Fragments of asteroid 2018 LA found in Botswana  

Astronomers detected this small asteroid just 8 hours before it struck Earth's atmosphere over southern Africa on June 2, 2018, producing a terrific explosion. Now researchers report finding its meteorites.

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2018-07-09 05:53:26



Here’s how much smaller the sun looks at aphelion  

We passed aphelion, Earth's farthest point in orbit around the sun, on July 6. The eye can't detect it, but a camera shows that the sun around now appears at its smallest in our sky.

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2018-07-09 03:23:26



From Pluto, Earth to transit sun on July 12  

Earth transits seen from Pluto are rare. The last one happened in 1931, a year after Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto. It won't happen again for 161 years.

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2018-07-09 03:14:02



Venus and Regulus conjunction on July 9  

Look west after sunset to see Venus in conjunction with Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion. Dazzling planet! Fainter star near it ... very cool to see.

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2018-07-09 01:43:34



We’ll have 2 solar eclipses in the coming month  

This Friday - July 13 - and again in August, people at the southern and northern ends of Earth will be able to see partial solar eclipses. Eclipses at the ends of Earth … details here.

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2018-07-09 01:34:36



Heads up on July 2019 total solar eclipse  

A 5-minute video from the European Southern Observatory on the 2019 eclipse in South America and the South Pacific. Eclipse map, and more.

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2018-07-08 01:34:38



Hallsands: The Village That Fell To The Sea  

The island of Great Britain is shrinking. Every year several feet of land is washed away by the pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean. Every few decades a village is lost. From the coast of Yorkshire in the north, to the iconic chalk cliffs on England's south coast, the sea is gaining land at an average of five feet on the northern end to eight inches at the southern. The Holderness coastline in particular, on the east coast of England just north of the Humber Estuary, is one of the fastest e

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2018-07-07 10:07:00



Have aliens visited Earth? Question worthy of study, says physicist  

About 5 percent of all UFO sightings cannot be easily explained by weather or human technology. A physicist argues that there's compelling evidence to justify serious scientific study and that the skeptics should step aside - for the sake of humanity.

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2018-07-06 21:20:49



Bright Mars and its reflection  

Can Mars appear this bright? Its brightness here is enhanced. Notice the MIlky Way, which doesn't look so bright to the eye. But Mars will be very bright - easily bright enough to reflect in water - in July 2018.

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2018-07-06 19:48:31



T. Rex couldn’t stick out its tongue  

You've seen the picture: a fearsome T. Rex, baring its teeth, tongue stretching out of its mouth. But new research says there's a problem with this classic image. Dinosaurs couldn't stick out their tongues.

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2018-07-06 14:54:38



Chaotic clouds of Jupiter  

Juno captured this image of swirling cloud belts and tumultuous vortices in Jupiter's northern hemisphere during the spacecraft's 13th close flyby of Jupiter in May.

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2018-07-06 11:28:52



The Fuggerei: The World's Oldest Housing Complex Where Rents Haven't Gone Up For 500 Years  

In the 15th and 16th centuries, a certain German family of merchants known as the Fuggers rose to become one of the richest and the most powerful bankers and venture capitalists of Europe. The family business included a huge empire of stockhouses, factories and banks, and later mines. At one point, the Fuggers family had a near monopoly on the European copper market, and a major influence on European economy as well as politics. Much of the Fuggers' growth can be attributed to the business ac...

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2018-07-06 10:58:00



Will we recognize life on a distant world?  

"We won't have a 'yes' or 'no' answer to finding life elsewhere. What we will have is a high level of confidence that a planet appears alive for reasons that can only be explained by the presence of life."

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2018-07-06 03:10:27



Stunning new views of Ceres’ mystery bright spots  

Ceres' intriguing bright spots have come into full view in these spectacular new high-resolution images from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, now in its lowest orbit around the dwarf planet.

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2018-07-06 01:22:48



How A Single Cat Hunted to Extinction The Entire Species of Stephens Island Wren  

David Lyall held his breath as he made the first incision straight down the belly of a little mouse-like olive brown bird that lay on his desk. Lyall, an amateur ornithologist, had never seen this bird before, and he knew he had to work fast and dry the specimen quickly before maggot infestation took place. For the next several hours, Lyall's fingers worked swiftly and deftly as he pulled away the skin from the muscle, working his way from the abdomen to the back and tail, and then up towards ...

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2018-07-05 10:22:00



The Dogon Villages of Bandiagara Escarpment  

In central Mali, about 90 km to the east of Mopti, rises a dramatic sandstone cliff with a high plateau above and sandy semi-desert plains below. Known as the Bandiagara Escarpment, this cliff stretches for about 150 kilometers, and is noted by the UNESCO as "an outstanding landscape of cliffs and sandy plateaux with some beautiful architecture." The Bandiagara site is considered one of West Africa's most impressive features, due to its geological and archaeological features as well as i...

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2018-07-02 16:11:00



Bullfrog County: How an Empty County Tried to Prevent Nevada From Becoming The Nation's Nuclear Waste Dump  

Deep in southern Nevada's Nye County, in the harsh, sun-drenched desert, there was once a small county named Bullfrog. It was one of the most recent counties to join and leave the United States of America, having been created in 1987 and dissolved two years later in 1989. During its brief existence as an enclave of Nye County, Bullfrog County had no residents, no businesses, no buildings, no roads and no private land of any sort. Three-fourths of it consisted of military bombing ranges, while ...

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2018-06-29 11:56:00



America's Doomsday Bunkers  

Far into the unforeseeable future, when nuclear war and biological warfare had decimated the human population, killed most living beings and irradiated the earth with radioactive fallout, a small population of five thousand in a remote underground shelter in southwestern South Dakota would be one of the few surviving pockets of civilization scattered throughout America. That's the plan of California-based survival company Vivos. A couple of years ago, the company acquired this 18-square miles...

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2018-06-28 12:44:00



Mail Delivery By Rockets  

The history of the postal system is inextricably tied to the history of transport. Advances in transportation technology have not only allowed people to travel farther and explore more territory, it also allowed the postal system to expand their influence over a larger area. As new inventions and discoveries shortened the time of travel, messages and letters began to reach distant recipients in lesser time, and the postal system became more efficient. By the time the first trans-pacific airmail

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2018-06-26 21:44:00



The House Built From Tombstones  

This humble two-storied marble-clad house in Petersburg, in the US state of Virginia, has more than 150 years of Civil War history embedded in its walls. Yet, it was built only in 1934. That year, resident Oswald Young struck a deal with the Poplar Grove National Cemetery near Petersburg. The cemetery was trying to save money on maintenance, and the park superintendent of the National Park Service, who manages Poplar Grove, decided that if they uprooted the tombstones from the graves and laid t

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2018-06-26 16:17:00



The Japanese Museum With The Most Flexible Opening Times  

Ichimura Mamoru stands in front of his museum in Kyoto. Photo credit: thornet_/Flickr In a quiet residential street in Kyoto, Japan, just around the corner from Kennin-ji Temple, stands a tiny, one-room museum dedicated to the art of Ukiyo-e, or woodblock paintings. This small family-run museum set in an old wooden machiya townhouse is "the smallest ukiyo-e museum in the world." Read more » © Amusing Planet, 2018.

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2018-06-25 15:19:00



Britain's User Worked Level Crossings  

The United Kingdom has some 6,500 level crossings on their sprawling railway network, out of which an astounding number of them—5,000—are user-worked. These crossing are unattended and manually operated by drivers and pedestrians. No signalman or a crossing keeper is present. To operate a user-worked level crossing, the driver has to get off his vehicle, look both ways and listen to make sure a train is not approaching, open the gates on both sides of the crossing, get into the vehicle and m...

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2018-06-23 16:29:00



Dubai's Encroaching Sandstorms  

Living in the UAE is a constant battle with dust, sand and sandstorms, especially during summer, but they can occur in any seasons of the year. Fine, powdery dust creeps under doors and through cracks in the windows and gets into everything. Particularly vicious storms obscure the sky and the sun for days on end. Going out during these days becomes a hazard. While sandstorms are not very severe inside cities such as Dubai, out in the middle of the desert with nothing to hold the sand in place, t

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2018-06-23 15:04:00



America's Last Log Flume  

Log flume rides are staple for any amusement park, but before they became thrilling fun rides, log flumes were used in the lumber industry to transport logs. Since the early days of logging in America, which stretches back to the 1600s when the first settlers arrived in Jamestown, loggers primarily worked near water and only moved further away when wood supplies on that land was depleted. The water made it easy to move timbers from forest to mills and overseas. All you needed to do was tie the l

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2018-06-22 12:36:00



The Sacred Crocodiles of Bazoule  

Bazoule, in Burkina Faso, is a sprawling lakeside village around 30 kilometers from the capital Ouagadougou, with a very unique tradition—for many generations residents of this village have been living in harmony with more than a hundred ferocious crocodiles that live in the village pond, the same pond where children swim and bath and the womenfolk fetch water from. Bazoule's crocodiles are a distant relative to the larger and more aggressive Nile crocodile. They are a species of their own...

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2018-06-21 15:45:00



River Farset: Belfast's Forgotten River  

The city of Belfast in Northern Ireland looked very different when it was a thriving industrial city in the 18th century. A large river flowed through the heart of the city flanked by mills and factories that produced the finest linen in the world. But then the river was bricked up and it disappeared forever underneath the city. Now many Belfast residents look incredulous when they are told that there is a river flowing under their feet. When Belfast was founded, it was little more than a villag

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2018-06-20 11:49:00



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






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