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Sub shows Antarctic ice not as thin as we thought

Sub shows Antarctic ice not as thin as we thought

When we discuss the overall health of our planet, we typically have to entertain the idea that ice is melting at a rate quicker than we’re comfortable with. The way we currently measure ice is via satellite flyovers and boring through ice caps, which doesn’t give as accurate a picture as we’d like. A new submarine, dubbed SeaBED, is taking much of the work below the surface. The unmanned sub sends a sonar blast from the bottom, and what we’re learning is that ice caps may not be as thin as we’d imagined.

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Study: lightning strikes will increase with global warming

Study: lightning strikes will increase with global warming

In a picture of the dystopian future many paint for us, the world is scorched, and full of powerful storms. A new report suggests that might not be too far from the truth, should climate change continue unfettered. In a study published today in the Journal of Science, we find that the new thinking around climate change will bring increased lightning storms. According to the study, every two degrees fahrenheit we see in global warming will result in 12% more lightning in the US.

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Gliese 832c possibly habitable but has extreme seasons

Gliese 832c possibly habitable but has extreme seasons

Don't get your hopes up yet for galactic colonization, but a new planet has just been added to the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog. Gliese 832 c of the Gliese 832 star system is theorized to have temperatures close to Earth's, making it possibly habitable except for one glaring flaw: it has large seasonal shifts.

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Apple issues Earth Day burn to Samsung

Apple issues Earth Day burn to Samsung

A number of publications being distributed across the UK this week are carrying an Apple-made advertisement coinciding with Earth Day. As Apple’s ongoing court case with Samsung rolls on in the background, these ads run right out in public, suggesting one very pointed issue. "There are some ideas we want every company to copy," it says, suggesting that their eco-friendly initiatives are not under copyright like their patents.

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B612 says Earth avoids massive asteroids with “blind luck”

B612 says Earth avoids massive asteroids with “blind luck”

With Earth Day round the bend, you’d expect to hear some positive news regarding our planet and the celestial bodies that surround it; instead we have some not-so-good-news. According to former NASA astronauts, we're depending on "blind luck" when it comes to the asteroids avoiding our planet. Apparently we get hit three to ten times more by large-scale asteroids than what is being officially declared by the authorities, this information being brought forward by this trio of space-fairing fellows this week.

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NASA Van Allen probes confirm Earth as giant particle accelerator

NASA Van Allen probes confirm Earth as giant particle accelerator

The NASA Van Allen twin probes launched last year have revealed that the Earth is a giant particle accelerator. Recently it was reported that particles in the magnetosphere sometimes accelerate across distances of a few hundred meters. But the newer discovery shows the acceleration can occur across hundreds of thousands of kilometers. The data will be helpful to to scientists helping satellite operators and the International Space Station to predict and prepare for the destructive tendencies of the seemingly random fluctuations that can occur in the magnetosphere.

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NASA shows us what Antarctica would look like without ice

NASA shows us what Antarctica would look like without ice

Due to its location, the frigid continent of Antarctica is covered with nothing but ice, making it seem like the continent is nothing but boring flat land. However, thanks to a computer-generated simulation, we get to see that Antarctica is actually bumpy and pretty unique -- it's just that we don't get to see it with all that ice covering it up.

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Chris Hadfield and crew safely return to Earth from International Space Station

Chris Hadfield and crew safely return to Earth from International Space Station

We get all sorts of welcomes in life, but few of them are as grand as the one you'd no doubt receive returning to Earth after having hovered above it for 144 days. Such was the case for Commander Chris Hadfield and the rest of his crew that was aboard the International Space Station, all of whom have just safely landed on our home planet in Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan.

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