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September 9th, 2016

Oklahoma Just Experienced Its Largest Earthquake on Record

The earthquake that shook Pawnee, Oklahoma, on Sept. 3 is now the state’s largest temblor on record, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which just upgraded the magnitude to 5.8.

The earthquake was previously pegged at magnitude 5.6. But further analysis of the seismic recordings from the event found the quake size to have a bigger moment magnitude, according to the USGS. (Moment magnitude, which is based on the total energy… Continue reading

September 2nd, 2016

Anthony Weiner: Do Cheaters Always Do It Again?

In the wake of the news that former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner was caught (once again) sexting with a woman who is not his wife, the country let out a collective sigh.

The news was the opposite of shocking, and seemed to affirm the old adage “once a cheater, always a cheater.” [6 Scientific Tips for a Successful Marriage]

But Weiner’s case is unusual, because his behavior looks more like a… Continue reading

August 19th, 2016

Scientists have a scary theory about why human vision evolved to be so good

(Humans can spot even camouflaged snakes remarkably quickly.Brisbane City Council) Most humans have an incredible talent without even realizing it. It turns out we are really, really good at spotting snakes.

We’re so good at it that scientists think snakes and their venom fangs may have actually helped make the eyesight of modern humans as sharp as it is.

That’s the idea behind Snake Detection Theory… Continue reading

August 3rd, 2016

Rare and deadly anthrax outbreak in western Siberia linked to heat wave

An anthrax outbreak in remote western Siberia has led to the hospitalization of at least 90 people in the Arctic town of Salekhard, with at least 20 confirmed cases of the illness. One person, a 12-year-old boy, has died from anthrax according to the TASS News Agency and other media reports. 

The outbreak has hit local reindeer populations especially hard, with at least 2,300 animals reported dead.

SEE ALSO: Huge swaths of… Continue reading

July 30th, 2016

Latest El Nino weather pattern over, but storms could follow: UN

Geneva (AFP) – The latest El Nino weather phenomenon, which was one of the most powerful on record, has ended but could be replaced by its stormy sister La Nina in the coming months, the UN meteorological agency said Thursday.

“Atmospheric indicators that had shown strong El Nino patterns early in 2016 returned to near-average in June and July,” the World Meteorological Organization said.

El Nino affects rainfall patterns and causes both… Continue reading

July 21st, 2016

Trump campaign chief denies Melania plagiarism allegations [Video]

Donald Trump’s campaign chief says the idea that Melania Trump lifted parts of her primetime speech to the Republican National Convention from Michelle Obama’s 2008 address to the Democratic convention is “crazy.”

“There is no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. These were common words and values,” Paul Manafort said in an interview with CNN early Tuesday. “To think that she would be cribbing Michelle Obama’s words is crazy. This is once… Continue reading

July 21st, 2016

Pediatricians Should Discuss Sexuality with Kids, Group Says

Pediatricians should help educate their patients about sex and help parents learn how best to talk to their kids about sexuality, advised a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

By acting as an additional source for trustworthy information about sex and sexuality, pediatricians could complement the education that kids may receive at school or at home, the authors of the report said.

The new recommendations are based on previous research… Continue reading

July 15th, 2016

Solar Impulse 2 lands in Egypt in penultimate stop of world tour

Cairo (AFP) – The Solar Impulse 2 landed in Cairo on Wednesday for its penultimate stop as the solar-powered plane nears the end of its marathon tour around the world.

After the two-day flight from Spain, just one final leg lies between it and its final destination, Abu Dhabi, where it started its odyssey in March last year.

The aircraft landed in Spain last month, after completing the first solo transatlantic flight… Continue reading

July 12th, 2016

New Zealand's crowdfunded beach becomes public park

Wellington (AFP) – A New Zealand man whose ambitious crowdfunding campaign raised millions of dollars to buy a pristine South Island beach and make it public parkland said Monday it was “surreal” to see his dream realised.

Duane Major’s push earlier this year to take Awaroa beach out of private hands and make it a national park quickly went viral, attracting 40,000 donations to raise a total of NZ$2.3 million (US$1.7… Continue reading

June 6th, 2016

Utah Stargazing: Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival Travelogue

June 3: Back to those bright city lights It’s time to leave the beauty and serenity of Bryce Canyon National Park. I’ve been planning on attending the park’s annual astronomy festival for months, but prior to my arrival I didn’t realize the degree to which stargazing is a part of the park’s identity. Bryce has had an official astronomy focus since the 1960s, according to the National Park Service website… Continue reading

June 1st, 2016

Galaxy Evolution and the Meaning of Life

A few weeks ago I was at a conference about galaxy evolution. In the titles of many talks was the puzzling phrase, “secular evolution.” Secular? As opposed to religious? So secular evolution is galaxy evolution that’s not in the context of religion?  Surely not. I stopped listening to the talks and googled “secular.” It’s Latin, meaning “belonging to a certain age,” as opposed to “infinite.” Not helping. I opted for… Continue reading

May 26th, 2016

The 2016 street art primary

Bernie Sanders may be trailing Hillary Clinton in pledged delegates in the race for the Democratic nomination and lagging behind both Clinton and Donald Trump in TV air time, but when it comes to street art, the Vermont senator is holding his own. (Dylan Stableford/Yahoo News)

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