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Rare noctilucent clouds dazzled Seattle with starlight this morning

Rare noctilucent clouds dazzled Seattle with starlight this morning

Folks near and in Seattle were treated with a rare type of cloud formation early this morning, one that looked stunning with a backdrop of starlight. Images and details about the clouds were recently published by the National Weather Service, which says the clouds were visible over Lake Washington at the Service's Seattle location earlier today.

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Study warns teen “alternative medicine” use is growing

Study warns teen “alternative medicine” use is growing

A study out of the University of Illinois, Chicago, warns that kids and teens -- especially teens -- are using "alternative medicine" in growing numbers. The research was recently published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, which reports that despite warnings from officials that kids shouldn't use supplements, teens are increasingly using things like melatonin.

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Trump “Space Force” wants American “dominance” in space

Trump “Space Force” wants American “dominance” in space

America needs a "Space Force" to dominate space, President Trump has declared this morning, directing the government to create a new branch of the Armed Forces. The news came as part of a NASA event to discuss space traffic around Earth, held at the White House.

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MIT smart power outlet can identify dangerous electric spikes

MIT smart power outlet can identify dangerous electric spikes

The engineers at MIT have developed a smart electrical outlet that can learn what appliances are plugged in and tell dangerous electric spikes from spikes that are benign. MIT says that nuisance trips are things like your vacuum turning off unexpectedly or a lamp going off when your AC unit turns on. Those trips often happen when a detector installed inside the wall senses something that could be an arc-fault.

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Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes steps down following fraud indictment

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes steps down following fraud indictment

Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO of blood-testing startup Theranos, will step down from her position at the discredited company that was once a Silicon Valley success. This comes alongside the news that she and Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani, the former president and COO, have been indicted by the Department of Justice on charges of wire fraud.

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Scientists discover new type of photosynthesis in breakthrough study

Scientists discover new type of photosynthesis in breakthrough study

A new study out of Imperial College London describes the discovery of a new type of photosynthesis, one the institute says "changes our understanding of the basic mechanism" involved. Even better, researchers indicate this discovery could pave the way for engineered crops that are more efficient than existing options.

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World’s oldest rain forest frogs stuck in amber

World’s oldest rain forest frogs stuck in amber

This week a report showed off the newest "world's oldest" rain forest frogs. "It was exhilarating to hold these small fossils up to the light to reveal the frogs within," said David C. Blackburn, one of several paleontologists that authored the study published this week. "We have few small and intact fossil frogs, and the primary specimen of Electrorana is a rare find."

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Stephen Hawking’s voice to be beamed towards black hole

Stephen Hawking’s voice to be beamed towards black hole

Legendary scientists Stephen Hawking passed away in March of 2018 at the age of 76. Word has now surfaced that Hawking's family plans to do something that the scientist would have certainly found to be very cool. The family plans to beam a recording of his voice toward a black hole.

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Sleep excess, deprivation may both effect body weight: study

Sleep excess, deprivation may both effect body weight: study

A new study out of South Korea's Seoul National University College of Medicine has found weight implications associated with both excess sleep and a lack of sleep. The research, which was recently published in the BMC Public Health journal, evaluated 133,608 individuals aged from 40- to 69-years-old. Too much sleep may negatively effect cholesterol levels, as well.

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Black hole spied ripping apart, then spewing, star that got too close

Black hole spied ripping apart, then spewing, star that got too close

A supermassive black hole with a mass 20 million times greater than our own Sun was recently spotted shredding a massive star that got too close. The event was directly observed forming and launching a jet of material, marking the very first time such an observation has happened. The star that fell victim to the supermassive black hole had more than twice the mass of our Sun.

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Melting Antarctic ice is a bigger problem than we thought

Melting Antarctic ice is a bigger problem than we thought

New satellite research has confirmed that Antarctica's ice is melting, but that it's more complicated than simply shrinking glaciers. For years, scientists have been concerned about the impact of climate change on ice changes and how that impacts sea level contribution from the continent. However, the sheer scale of Antarctica has made measuring that problematic.

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New star has three infant planets growing around it

New star has three infant planets growing around it

Scientists have been studying a distant exoplanet that is very young. The star is called HD 163296 and is about 330 light years from our solar system. The star is a scant 4 million years old, an infant by astronomical standards. The star is in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius.

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