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At least 11 people have been killed after heavy rain produced by Tropical Cyclone “Cempaka” triggered severe floods and landslides in East Java, Indonesia on November 28, 2017. Cempaka is the first named storm of the 2017/18 Australian region cyclone season. In addition to heavy rain, strong winds caused by Cempaka brought volcanic ash from erupting
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Good news, aspiring Martian farmers! The soil composition of Mars oughtn’t hinder earthworm reproduction, if experiments here on Earth are any indication. Using simulated Mars soil developed by NASA, researchers added rucola (also known as rocket or arugula) plants, manure fertiliser and earthworms – and found that not only did the worms thrive, but they’ve
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Around 100 000 residents living near erupting Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia have been told to evacuate, officials said Monday, November 27, 2017. Late Saturday, November 25, hours the after the second phreatic eruption within a week started, Agung shifted into magmatic phase. Lahars were observed descending down the mountain on Sunday, prompting authorities to
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Wasps build their homes out of chewed-up vegetable fibre, painstakingly glued together until it resembles a papery stack of recycled carton. You’d think there’s only so much fibre they can chew and stitch together with their tiny mouthparts. Wrong. According to a video recently uploaded by a brave exterminator in Louisiana, wasp-cities can grow to
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The long-dormant Hikurangi fault line was recently re-energised and could now produce a deadly magnitude 9.0 earthquake. GNS scientist Ursula Cochran said: “We need to think Japan 2011 basically, because if our whole plate boundary ruptured it would be a magnitude-9 earthquake.” The geologist has claimed that the fault line is moving again following the
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An international team of scientists employed highly precise methods to uncover the most exact measurement of the magnetic moment of protons. They found it to be 2.79284734462, plus-or-minus 0.00000000082 nuclear magnetons (the typical unit for measuring this property).   The magnetic moment is a property of particles that is a prerequisite for magnetism, and applied
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Two bright fireballs were observed streaking through the night sky over southern England, United Kingdom over the past 24 hours. The first at 23:59 UTC on Friday, November 24 and the second at 07:12 UTC on Saturday, November 25, 2017. Sound was associated with both events. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 81 reports by 17:25 UTC
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Over the past couple winters, big displays of pink and white auroras have coincided with spotless suns. The sight is often big enough to make observers wonder if there is a connection, SpaceWeather reports. The most recent remarkable outburst of pink auroras was observed on November 22, 2017, from Tromsø, Norway. “Suddenly, the whole valley turned white (with
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The ex-minister of National Defence for Canada said at least four species of aliens have been visiting Earth for decades and claimed top authorities are constantly in discussions with extraterrestrial beings. Paul Hellyer, who was the Canadian Minister of National Defence in the 1960′s during the Cold War, claims to have inside information that top
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A late spring cold snap ripped through western and central Victoria this month, causing extensive agricultural damage. Older farmers in the region say it was ‘the worst frost since 1977.’ Agriculture Victoria’s southwest grains regional manager Rob O’Shannessy estimated farmer losses from the frosts at A$100 – 180 million (US$76 – 137 million). This included
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The perfectly spherical hole is a mind-boggling 1.8 BILLION light years across. And it contains absolutely NOTHING. The bizarre phenomenon is being called a ‘supervoid’ and is the largest individual structure ever identified by humanity, dwarfing supermassive black holes, and even supergalaxies. The empty hole in the universe was discovered by a team at the