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Scientists to map Mount St. Helens volcano’s interior

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Scientists have begun installing mapping instruments on Mount St. Helens as means of mapping the volcano’s interior. The project, called Imaging Magma Under St. Helens, or iMUSH, would further acquaint scientists to the volcano’s internal workings. It intends to help improve warning systems prior to eruption. The mapping devices, which would scan the volcano’s... 

World biggest aquatic insect found in China

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Experts have reported the discovery in southern China of the world’s yet-biggest aquatic insect, which has been found to be a giant dobsonfly. The specimen, discovered in China’s Sichuan Province, has been described as having long teeth and fearsome pincers. So far also spotted elsewhere in China, as well as in northern Vietnam, and India’s Assam state,... 

Giant sinkhole in Russia’s north puzzles scientists

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Russian scientists conducted a primary examination of the giant sinkhole in the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District. The video of the bizarre hole on YouTube has received more than two million views in several days. As a result of the examination, the scientists concluded that the crater was of natural origin and did not appear either as a result of a manmade... 

“Global Warming”: Coldest Antarctic June ever recorded

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Temperature was 11.9F degrees lower than normal. Antarctica continues to defy the global warming script, with a report from Meteo France, that June this year was the coldest Antarctic June ever recorded, at the French Antarctic Dumont d’Urville Station. According to the press release, during June this year, the average temperature was -22.4c (-8.3F), 6.6c... 

Scientists translate 66 chimpanzee gestures

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Studying footage of chimpanzees from Uganda between 2007 and 2009, scientists have arrived at translations for 66 gestures used between the apes as means of communication. Previous research had revealed that the animals use gestures to communicate. The authors from the University of St Andrews in Scotland said the messages ranged from “simple requests... 

Spanish mayor charged for setting town ablaze

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A Spanish mayor has been charged for setting a town on fire after ignoring a fireworks ban. The illegal pyrotechnics resulted in a massive hillside blaze, which forced some residents of the town to evacuate from their homes. Despite a ban, which had been implemented because of an extremely high risk of forest fires, Mayor Ernesto Sanjuan gave the go ahead for... 

Evacuations ordered as Hurricane Arthur approaches US East Coast

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There were no immediate reports of injuries and some counties reported only minimal damage. Hurricane Arthur has stormed its way through the US East Coast, marking the first hurricane of this year’s Atlantic season. Hitting North Carolina’s coast along with Boston and the state of Maryland, the hurricane has left thousands of people without power. Dare... 

Earth thunderstorms as seen from ISS

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Lightning storms over Malaysia NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman is at it again, posting another mesmerizing Vine video from space. This one, taken from the International Space Station, shows lightning flashes during a thunderstorm above Houston, Texas. The Firestation instrument, launched to the ISS in August 2013, is used to observe and dissect lightning bolts from... 

Indian scientist awarded for best disease-resistant non-GMO crop

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An Indian scientist living in Mexico has received the World Food Prize for outstanding contribution to wheat crop’s resistance to various diseases. Indian-born Sanjaya Rajaram was awarded with the accolade for his effective cross-breeding of different wheat, which has resulted in the crop’s resistance against disease as well as its ability to grow in different... 

Nature hits Nebraska again, this time by 2 Tornados

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Several tornadoes tore through northeast Nebraska on Monday, leaving one child dead and 19 injured and a path of destruction in its wake as governor declares a state of emergency. The National Weather Service confirmed a storm carried at least two tornadoes, touching down about one mile apart through the town of Pilger and surrounding areas. Victims were transported... 

Deforestation severely affecting fish, new UK-Canadian study

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New research shows that deforestation imposes crisis in amount of available food for freshwater fish, resulting reduction in their size and consequently their population. The team of scientists from Canada and the UK found that where there was less forest cover or even no trees, the fish were undersized as well as with health problems. The study also indicated... 

Shark-eating monster sought off Australia

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Scientists and a filmmaker have gone after an unknown sea monster which they believe has eaten a great white shark traced with a tag. Some say a bigger shark or whale could have been behind the killing, but the gathered data points to other possibilities. The internet is full of speculation on the nature of the mysterious sea creature, following the release... 

Storm kills 6 Germans in North Rhine Westphalia

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At least six people have been killed and 30 others seriously wounded during storms that ravaged Germany’s most populous state of North Rhine Westphalia. According to German media reports, three people died when a tree landed on a garden shed in which they were seeking shelter in the state capital of Dusseldorf on Monday. Firefighters were able to rescue... 

High methane gas levels in Texas water linked to fracking

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Testing of methane concentration in water of Parker County, Texas indicates a link between the dangerously high levels of natural gas in local water supply and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations in the gas-rich Barnett Shale, scientists say. Parker County resident Steve Lipsky has known for years his water has been contaminated with high levels of... 

Baseball-Sized Hail Storm Hits Nebraska

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Baseball-sized hail has pounded homes and cars across Nebraska, as powerful thunderstorms swept the Midwest, wreaking extensive damage, severe flooding and even reportedly tornado touchdowns in some areas. Hailstones the size of baseballs pummeled the state with devastating effect Tuesday, producing a social media storm flooded with images of the aftermath... 
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