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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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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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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
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The Transit Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) lifted off on schedule from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 6:51 PM EDT (11pm GMT), following a two-day postponement forced by a technical glitch found on Monday in the rocket’s guidance-control system. The California-based company has launched cargo missions and other payloads for NASA before. But the
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The elusive Ganges river shark (Glyphis gangeticus) is listed as critically endangered, and has not been seen for more than ten years. But recently published photographs show a female specimen measuring 8ft 7in at a market in Mumbai, leaving conservationists stunned. Rima Jabado, is the founder and lead scientist of the Gulf Elasmo Project, which
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This shocking footage shows penguins living on an island of plastic waste! Researchers recorded these disturbing images in the South Pacific, where dozens of Gentoo penguins have settled on an island of plastic waste. Is that the new normal? What is living on this garbage island in the South Pacific? These animals are penguins. And
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The stunning 520-million-year-old fossil found in Yunnan, southern China, was presented to the world in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. Ancient fossilised creature has quickly caught the interest of scientists and palaeontologists alike who are fiercely debating the new findings. But what are these spindly and oddly shaped fossils that
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It’s pretty much tripled over the last five or six years,’ Victoria’s deputy chief health officer Brett Sutton told reporters on Monday. Cases are also becoming more severe and occurring in new areas, but efforts to control the outbreak have been thwarted because it’s not known how humans become infected. Native and domestic animals, including