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When an interplanetary shock wave – a supersonic disturbance in the gaseous material of the solar wind usually delivered by coronal mass ejections (CMEs) – hit Earth’s magnetic field on April 19th, northern skies lit up with electric blue auroras. Southern skies lit up, too, but the palette was different. Peter Sayers sends this photo of red,
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People who think their knowledge and beliefs are superior to others are especially prone to overestimating what they actually know, new research suggests. Even after getting feedback showing them how much they didn’t know relevant political facts, these people still claimed that their beliefs were objectively more correct than everyone else’s.   On top of
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A giant indoor farm in China is breeding 6 billion cockroaches a year. This article turns a spotlight on the ‘disgusting’ insect with apparently remarkable medicinal qualities at the world’s largest breeding facility, where the bugs outnumber the planet’s human population. It’s no gag: cockroach milk is one of the world’s most nutritious and calorie-rich substances,
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Rare horseshoe clouds appeared over Madrid and Algeciras in Spain, on April 19, 2018. Extremely rare horseshoe cloud appears over Spain in April 2018. By Luis Jiménez The horse cloud is a very rare sky phenomenon. By Luis Jiménez This horseshoe cloud looks like a portal to another diemnsion. By Luis Jiménez Two horseshoe clouds were also observed in the
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Since the beginning of last year, 2,000 Finns have been getting money from the government each month — and they are not expected to do anything in return. The participants, ages 25 to 58, are all unemployed and were selected at random by Kela, Finland’s social-security institution.   Instead of unemployment benefits, the participants now
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Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are conducting an expedition to explore the uncharted waters in the deepest parts of the Gulf of Mexico – and the footage they’re bringing back is stunning, or horrifying, depending on your view of the underwater world.   Last week, one of NOAA’s submersibles came across a large octopus on the seafloor just
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The mass quantities of food Americans waste every year has staggering environmental consequences, according to a study published Wednesday. “Our data suggest that the average person in the United States wastes about a pound of food per day,” said the University of Vermont’s Meredith Niles, one of the study’s authors along with researchers at the
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A G2 – Moderate geomagnetic storm threshold was reached at 08:25 UTC on April 20, 2018 and G2 warning is in now in effect until 12:00 UTC. An interplanetary shock wave hit Earth’s magnetic field around 23:50 UTC on April 19, Dr. Tony Phillips of SpaceWeather.com said. “When the shock arrived, the density of the solar wind
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Thousands of south Pacific islanders at the mercy of an active volcano will be permanently relocated by the end of May, the Vanuatu government has said. Ash as deep as 30cm has already settled on many parts of the island, and people are experiencing breathing difficulties, skin reactions and illnesses such as chest infections as
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One of the world’s wildest mountain drives, Japan’s Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route has reopened to tourists for another season. And the route’s biggest attraction is the unbelievable Snow Wall Walk – an otherworldly 17-meter-deep snow corridor – located along the pathway in Yuki no Otani (or Great Valley of Snow). Stretching across the Toyama and