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Largest potentially hazardous asteroid detected in 8 years

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Twilight observations spot 3 large near-Earth objects lurking in the inner solar system

Twilight observations with the Dark Energy Camera at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile, a program of the U.S. National Science Foundation-supported NOIRLab, have enabled astronomers to spot three near-Earth asteroids, or NEAs, hiding in the glare of the sun. One is the largest object potentially hazardous to Earth to be discovered in the last eight years. The NEAs are part of an elusive population that lurks inside the orbits of Earth and Venus.

This is a notoriously challenging region for observations because asteroid hunters must contend with the glare of the sun. By taking advantage of the brief yet favorable observing conditions during twilight, however, the astronomers found an elusive trio of NEAs. The results are reported in The Astronomical Journal.

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Bringing magma up to our feet in Antarctica

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Carbon dioxide underground helps magma avoid being trapped deep in the Earth

Antarctica has long been a land of mystery and heroic feats made famous by the explorations of James Ross and Roald Amundsen, Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton.

A key piece of the puzzle for understanding global continental evolution, Antarctica is home to examples that define the spectrum of Earth's volcanic processes. Now, a new study shows that carbon dioxide (CO2) deep underground helps magma avoid being trapped deep in the Earth and allows it to reach and pool at the surface.

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Amazing Scientific Facts

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DNA

Have you ever wondered what's the length of information encoded in our genetic memory? One extraordinary way to put it follows like that: there are over 3 billion base pairs of DNA in human genes and over 25,000 genes in the human genome. An entire copy of that genome exists in each of the 10 trillion cells in the human body. If all of that DNA were lined up, it would cover the distance between Earth and the sun 100 times, which is 152.03 million km x 100 = 15,2 billion kilometers.


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Amazing facts

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Do you know that Hawaii moves 7.5cm closer to Alaska every year?

The Earth's crust is split into gigantic pieces called tectonic plates. These plates are in constant motion, propelled by currents in the Earth's upper mantle. The hot, less-dense rock rises before cooling and sinking, giving rise to circular convection currents which act like giant conveyor belts, slowly shifting the tectonic plates above them. Hawaii sits in the middle of the Pacific Plate, which is slowly drifting northwest towards the North American Plate, back to Alaska. The plates' pace is comparable to the speed at which our fingernails grow.


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Amazing facts

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Do you know what is the estimated bug population on planet Earth?

Insects are not among the most beloved animals. Most of us are scared or disgust by them. Well, unfortunately for anyone who's afraid of insects, the hair-raising (yet crucial) creatures certainly hold one of the first places in the population championship. Believe it or not, there are around 900,000 known species of bugs on Earth and an estimated 10 quintillion (10,000,000,000,000,000,000) of them alive at any given time. So, it's better to keep them on our side.


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Ostriches Stick Their Heads Into The Ground When Threatened

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NO THEY DON'T! .... and other myths

There are many things, that we are told and we accept for granted. But we always forget the most important thing in the world - Science. As an ostrich has its legs to run or fight the threat, we have Science to teach us, how things actually work. So let's stop sticking our heads into the ground and learn the actual truth about some of the most popular myths we believe are true.

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Insights: While Destroying Our Own Home...

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"When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted; when to breathe the air is sickening, you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can't eat money."

Alanis Obomsawin 

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Good2Know: There Are More Trees on Earth than Stars in Our Galaxy. But...

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A Study Shows the Influence of Man on Trees' Abundance


There are more than 3 trillion trees on Earth a study lead* by Yale University found. That means about 422 trees per person. Yet, since man inhabited the planet he managed to destroy almost 46 percent of the total number of the trees! And the process doesn't stop. Almost 15 billion trees diminish each year because of our actions... 

"Trees are among the most prominent and critical organisms on Earth, yet we are only recently beginning to comprehend their global extent and distribution," said Thomas Crowther, lead author of the study and a Yale Climate & Energy Institute post-doctoral fellow at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. "We have nearly halved the number of trees on the planet, and we've seen the impacts on climate and human health as a result…"

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