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New photo from ISS shows moon rising over a darkened Earth

New photo from ISS shows moon rising over a darkened Earth

International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield has been busy taking photos of the Earth from the ISS for a few months now, mostly showing us what cities look like from 250 miles up, but a particular photo that he posted just recently is a bit different, and it shows a beautiful horizon with the moon rising over a darkened Earth.

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Rhinos extinct in Mozambique National Park

Rhinos extinct in Mozambique National Park

Rhinoceroses are being added to the ever-growing list of endangered species, and now, the horned animals are said to be extinct in parts of Africa where they used to thrive -- specifically in Mozambique, where officials of Mozambique National Park are reporting that no rhinos had been seen in the park since January.

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Earth’s core as hot as the Sun, claim scientists

Earth’s core as hot as the Sun, claim scientists

A recent X-ray analysis of molten iron has uncovered that the Earth’s inner core is actually a lot hotter than we all thought previously. According to a team scientists from French research agency CEA, French National Center for Scientific Research CNRS, and the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility ESRF, the inner core of the Earth is said to be 6,000 degrees Celsius, or 10,800 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Saturn’s moon Titan reveals even more life-sustaining possibilities

Saturn’s moon Titan reveals even more life-sustaining possibilities

The moon known as Titan should ring a bell for you if you're interested in the possibility of life on planets other than our own. Saturn's yellow moon has been the subject of life-sustaining chatter for some time now, the most recent discovery about it having been found in an experiment done right here on Earth. Down at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, an experiment has been done that suggests life in a whole new region before suspected to be devoid of it.

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Majority of the world’s gold deposits formed by earthquakes

Majority of the world’s gold deposits formed by earthquakes

It's always interesting to learn how certain rocks are formed, and gold is one of those elements that is so precious and rare, yet very few people have any idea on how it's formed in the Earth. According to a study conducted by a group of Australian geologists, 80% of the world's gold deposits are actually formed in the blink of an eye thanks to earthquakes.

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NASA discovers new radiation belt around Earth

NASA discovers new radiation belt around Earth

NASA has discovered that there was a 3rd radiation belt hanging around Earth. The discovery was made by two Van Allen space probes that were made specifically to analyze Earth's radiation belts. The Van Allen probes were named after James Van Allen, who was the the first to discover the radiation belts 55 years ago in 1958. The probes are designed identically and provide scientists with a deeper insight on how radiation belts are formed.

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Nearest Earth-like planet only 13 light-years away

Nearest Earth-like planet only 13 light-years away

Finding planets that are similar to Earth is a task that scientists and researchers have been working on for a while now, but it seems like they're making great strides in their findings. Astronomers have reported that the nearest Earth-like planet is possibly just 13 light-years away (77 trillion miles).

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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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