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Experts say soot is greatly contributing to global warming, more so than originally expected

Experts say soot is greatly contributing to global warming, more so than originally expected

Black carbon, or more colloquially known as soot, is getting a second look from environmental researchers and scientists about its contribution to global warming. Experts are now saying that soot is more of a danger than previously thought, and has approximately two-thirds of the warming effect of carbon dioxide, which is the largest synthetic contributor to global warming currently.

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Earth displayed in glorious 121-megapixel photo

Earth displayed in glorious 121-megapixel photo

The Earth is depicted as big, blue, and beautiful in NASA photos taken from space, but here’s one you might not have seen. NASA’s photos are said to be composites of multiple images, but a Russian satellite has captured one single 121-megapixel photo that simply looks stunning. We’re most used to seeing an expanse of white and blue, but here you can see some earth tones (no pun intended) in the mix too.

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Spotify appears in Stonehenge crop circles

Spotify appears in Stonehenge crop circles

The wet weather in Wiltshire this past month hasn't stopped extraterrestrial forces from laying down the first crop circles of the year near Stonehenge. Crop circles are an annual event for the fields in Wiltshire, a phenomenon that attracts plenty of attention and tourists to the area. The first crop circle this year was reported on April 15 at Hill Barn, near East Kennett in an oil seed rape, or canola, field.

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New species of hammerhead shark discovered

New species of hammerhead shark discovered

Is it safe to go back into the water? That’s not really for us to say, but we’ll remind you that there’s always something nasty in the ocean. Scientists have discovered the latest: more precisely, they’ve managed to track down a new species of shark. They haven’t given it a name yet, although it closely resembles a scalloped hammerhead.

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Lake Vostok drilling complete: Earth’s oldest super-clean water system reached

Lake Vostok drilling complete: Earth’s oldest super-clean water system reached

On the first of this month it was reported that scientists were about to complete a 30 year drilling expedition to hit a 20-million-year-old lake: this week they've reached the surface. This body of water called Vostok is Antarctica's largest subglacial lake and is believed by scientists to be "the only giant super-clean water system on the planet." This body of water could contain life and give us Earth-shattering information on our past, excuse the pun, or it could contain an environment unlike anything we've experienced before. If either result turns out to be true, we'll gain insight on "alien" lakes like those we've found already on Jupiter's moon Europa. Thirty years of drilling and the research portion of the expedition can begin!

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Earth twin discovered 22 light-years away

Earth twin discovered 22 light-years away

The Kepler mission initiated to find habitable Earth-like planets near our own has turned up another candidate for places we might visit in the future: GJ 667Cc. This planet has an orbital period of about 28 days regularly and has a mass that's at least 4.5 larger than Earth. This planet is neither too hot nor too cold for liquid water to exist on the surface, and it sits aside two or three additional planets that may well be similar enough to also be Earth candidates. This newest discovery was made by astronomers from UC Santa Cruz Steven Vogt and Eugenio Rivera, lead by Guillem Anglada-Escudé and Paul Butler of the Carnegie Institution for Science.

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Earth-like planet Kepler 22-b confirmed by NASA

Earth-like planet Kepler 22-b confirmed by NASA

This week astronomers have announced the existence of a planet discovered to be in human livable range of star not unlike our sun, with a size 2.4 times that of our Earth and a temperature of approximately 22 degrees celsius. This is the most recent in a line of possibilities for habitable planets in the realm of possibility as outlined by an international team of scientists in a paper by the name of "A Two-Tiered Approach to Assessing the Habitability of Exoplanets" as found at Mary Ann Libert Inc, publishing -- these scientists are not the same group that've discovered this newest planet, but they're sure to add the new finding to their list sooner than later. What we've got here is Kepler 22-b, a body that is what the Kepler space telescope team says is the closest we've ever gotten to discovering a planet that's like our own - an "Earth 2.0," if you will.

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Google Earth: world’s largest plane necropolis

Google Earth: world’s largest plane necropolis

For the first time, Google Earth has recently released this incredible view of a retired aircraft facility via satellite.  It’s the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration (AMARG), aka the Boneyard.  It’s four square miles of 4,000 retired aircraft located in Arizona, including nearly every plane the US armed forces have flown since WWII.

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