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Atmospheric methane is rocketing and the climate change implications are huge

Atmospheric methane is rocketing and the climate change implications are huge

A new study has revealed that atmospheric methane levels increased substantially over the last four years, raising questions over whether the Paris Agreement goals can be met. According to the research, the increase in atmospheric methane started in 2007, but accelerated 'very rapidly' starting in 2014, persisting at that clipped rate through 2017. The reasons for this surprise increase remain unclear.

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Giant Amazon spider caught dragging possum in rainforest

Giant Amazon spider caught dragging possum in rainforest

The Amazon rainforest is home to many terrifying creatures, not the least of which are gigantic tarantulas the size of dinner plates. A team of biologists led by the University of Michigan recently captured one of these giant spiders on video, and it highlights just how huge the critters are: it was seen dragging a possum through the rainforest in Peru.

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1970s Soviet Venus space probe may fall back to Earth this year

1970s Soviet Venus space probe may fall back to Earth this year

In late March 1972, the Soviet Union launched a space probe called Kosmos 482 that was intended to explore Venus, but was unable to escape low Earth orbit. The failed Venus probe has been circling Earth in the decades since, but will eventually fall back to the planet's surface. Past estimates put the probe's descent as late as 2025, but a new look at the spacecraft reveals it may arrive as soon as this year.

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NASA says an iceberg twice the size of NYC is about to break off

NASA says an iceberg twice the size of NYC is about to break off

NASA has revealed that an Antarctic ice shelf that has been observed for decades is about to have a large iceberg break free. This chunk of ice has about twice the area of New York City with a visible crack that scientists have monitored using aerial images. Human presence on the Brunt Ice Shelf, which is where the cracks are located, was first established back in 1955, according to NASA.

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Bizarre ancient sea creature’s soft innards reveal its true identity

Bizarre ancient sea creature’s soft innards reveal its true identity

Around half a billion years ago, the world's oceans were home to a bizarrely shaped creature measuring up to 4cm in length. Called stylophoran, the species had an unusual appearance that included a single long appendage and a flat body, making it difficult for scientists to determine where it falls on the animal family tree. After more than 150 years of mystery, a new study has the answer.

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NASA may have found a second giant impact crater under Greenland ice

NASA may have found a second giant impact crater under Greenland ice

NASA has revealed that researchers have discovered what may be a second impact crater in Greenland, this one buried under more than a mile of ice. The site measures 22-miles-wide and would be the 22nd largest impact crater on Earth, assuming researchers verify it as such. The discovery follows an announcement in November 2018 that revealed the existence of a 19-mile-wide crater under Greenland's Hiawatha Glacier.

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Study shows 100% insect extinction in 100 years

Study shows 100% insect extinction in 100 years

We are, right now, headed down a road that leads to this planet's 6th mass extinction. It's not inevitable, but it is highly likely, and it's not particularly likely that we'll be able to avoid massive loss of life over the next few hundred years. A study published this week added to previous assertions that we're headed toward global trouble, suggesting that "over 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction" right this minute.

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2018 Palu earthquake was rare ultra-powerful supershear event

2018 Palu earthquake was rare ultra-powerful supershear event

The Indonesian earthquake that impacted Sulawesi island in September 2018 was a rare ultra-powerful, superfast supershear event, according to new research out of NASA, UCLA, and more. The 7.5-magnitude earthquake caused an unexpected tsunami, the disaster ultimately claiming more than 1,500 lives and causing extreme damage. Using satellite images, researchers determined that the 7.5 Palu quake was one of fewer than 15 known supershear events.

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Bill Nye’s 5 reasons we can’t live on Mars

Bill Nye’s 5 reasons we can’t live on Mars

At an event promoting the new National Geographic Channel's series "Mars," scientist and science educator Bill Nye spoke about the Red Planet's future. While he's all about the idea that astronauts travel to Mars and explore Mars and possibly even mine Mars, he's pretty much against the idea that humans could live on Mars. "This whole idea of terraforming Mars," said Nye, "As respectful as I can be, are you guys high?"

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Huge meteorite impact crater found hidden under Greenland ice

Huge meteorite impact crater found hidden under Greenland ice

NASA has announced the discovery of a massive meteorite impact crater hidden deep beneath the Greenland ice. The crater measures over 19 miles wide and 1,000ft deep, making it one of the top 25 largest impact craters on the planet. The discovery was made by a team of researchers led by the University of Copenhagen's Centre for GeoGenetics at the Natural History Museum of Denmark.

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Incredible Earth airglow photo shows the beauty of science

Incredible Earth airglow photo shows the beauty of science

Our planet is home to a lot of fascinating phenomena, and that's especially true when we start throwing the atmosphere and nearby space into the mix. One of the coolest - and perhaps most eerie - of these phenomena is called "airglow." If you've never seen airglow before, a new photo shared by NASA gives you that chance, and it definitely makes for a striking image.

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Ozone found healing thanks to UN initiatives

Ozone found healing thanks to UN initiatives

A study this week by a UN commission showed that our planet's ozone layer's holes seem to be healing. Healing extremely slowly, but still - on the mend. This is extremely good news for all living flora and fauna on this planet, but is especially welcome news for green activists. It is through the past two decades of work on planet-saving green initiatives that we've gotten to this point - but it's not necessarily permanent.

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