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  • A small creek divides the US

    Parting of the Waters Natural Landmark is an unusual hydrologic site at Two Ocean Pass on the Continental Divide, within the Teton Wilderness Area of Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest. This stream flows down from a plateau, and then squarely hits a ridge of ...

SpaceX Falcon 9 Reusable Test Flight

A video shot by a drone of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) first test flight. F9R lifts off from a launch mount to a height of approximately 250m, hovers and then returns for landing just next to the launch stand. The F9R program is the next step towards reusability following completion of the Grasshopper program last year. […]

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Sun Halos in Florida

Just like a prism, our sky refracts light when sunlight passes through the frozen water vapor at high altitudes in the sky. Known as a “Sun Halo,” it is formed when suns rays are bent while entering cirrus clouds passing high up in the sky. These clouds contain millions of tiny ice crystals. The halos are caused by both […]

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Australia’s Joan of Shark

A 17ft female great white shark, nicknamed Joan of Shark, has been tagged off of Western Australia’s south coast, researchers believe it could be the biggest ever to have been tagged. Mark Kleeman, of the Department of Fisheries, explained the hair-raising process of tagging the shark and the photo that followed. “In that photo, the […]

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Gum 41 Glows a Rosy Red

This new image from ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile reveals a cloud of hydrogen called Gum 41 which lies in the constellation Centaurus 7,300 light-years from Earth. The hot young stars are giving off energetic radiation that causes the surrounding hydrogen to glow with a characteristic red hue.  

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51 Elephants killed so far this year in Kenya

Kenya has lost 51 elephants to poachers in the first three months of 2014. Officials now place the population at around 38,000. Poaching has risen in recent years where well-armed criminal gangs have killed elephants for their tusks that are often shipped to Asia. “We attribute the problem of poaching in Kenya to growing demand […]

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Asian air pollution strengthens Pacific storms

Air pollution emitted from Asia could be the driver of stronger storms and wilder weather in North America, according to findings published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a new study examining how pollution from East Asia affects the global atmospheres. The study noted that air pollution from China and other Asian countries has far-reaching […]

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The Tadpole

Known as IRAS 20324+4057, but dubbed “the Tadpole,” is a protostar in a very early evolutionary stage. It is still in the process of collecting material from an envelope of gas surrounding it. The intense blue glow is caused by nearby stars firing ultraviolet radiation at it, which also sculpts its tail into a long, wiggly shape. […]

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New Pacific island has quadrupled in size

In November 2013, a seafloor volcano in the western Pacific Ocean spewed enough material to rise above the water line.  Four months later the volcanic eruption shows no sign of abating. The island has quadrupled in size and is now is slightly more than 1,000 meters across. The island sits about 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) south of Tokyo […]

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