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Kilauea volcano erupts in three places, new lava lake formed

Kilauea volcano erupts in three places, new lava lake formed

Lava appeared after the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) announced detection of a a magnitude-4.4 earthquake located beneath Kīlauea Volcano's south flank. This event was officially detected on Sunday, December 20 at 10:36 PM HST. A lava lake grew overnight at tremendous speed, and plenty of video and photos were recorded as liquid fire spewed forth from the depths.

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Mount Everest is officially taller now

Mount Everest is officially taller now

The most official calculation of the height of the world's highest mountain has been updated. Nepal and China jointly announced an adjustment - or rather an agreement of a calculation - of the official height of the mountain. Before this announcement, China's government marked the mountain's height at 8,844.43 meters. That's nearly four meters lower than the surveyed height counted by Nepal.

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Historic Arecibo telescope collapses after multiple cable breaks

Historic Arecibo telescope collapses after multiple cable breaks

A complete collapse of the instrument platform of the Arecibo Observatory's 305m telescope collapsed last night. The collapse was confirmed this morning by the National Science Foundation in a series of official messages. The NSF is working with stakeholders to "assess the situation", and no injuries were reported. Per an NSF representative: "Our top priority is maintaining safety."

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Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shows 90% efficacy – What we do and don’t know

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine shows 90% efficacy – What we do and don’t know

Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine has passed a significant milestone, with the company announcing the early results from its coronavirus trial have shown the drug to be more than 90-percent effective. It's a strong note of confidence for the mRNA-based vaccine, though a relatively small sample size - among other factors - does mean there's still some way to go before celebrating.

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As the phone market returns, realme and Xiaomi boom the biggest

As the phone market returns, realme and Xiaomi boom the biggest

The most recent report from Counterpoint suggests that the two fastest growing smartphone brands are Xiaomi and realme. Samsung remains at the top of the chart for unit shipments in the quarter listed (Q3, 2020), followed by Huawei, Xiaomi, Apple, OPPO, VIVO, realme, and Lenovo (including Motorola). Each shipped over 10 million units (at the very least), while every other brand fell short.

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Another three Martian lakes found hiding under Red Planet’s surface

Another three Martian lakes found hiding under Red Planet’s surface

Mars may be home to multiple lakes hidden from sight under the planet's surface, according to a new study. Researchers say they've found evidence of three new lakes on the Red Planet, adding them to the one discovered back in 2018. The findings have been published in the journal Nature Astronomy and were made possible using data from the ESA's Mars Express spacecraft.

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