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Hurricane Harvey

People walk through the flooded waters of Telephone Rd. in Houston on Aug. 27, 2017

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Total Eclipse of the Sun

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.

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Martha, World's Ugliest Dog

You could say Martha is a rather cheeky gal. That is, the jowly 3-year-old Neapolitan mastiff has some remarkably expansive cheeks — so expansive, in fact, they droop practically to her knees and flap like slobbery wings when she shakes her head. And now they've earned Martha a prestigious honor: the title of world's ugliest dog.

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Mystery of ‘Blood Falls’ is solved after 100 years

Antarctica Blood Falls were first discovered in 1911 a cliff stained with blood-red water, pouring into the sea. It rapidly became known as Blood Falls and experts assumed that algae in the water were behind the strange red colour. But it's actually something much weirder oozing, iron-rich brine which oxidises when it comes in contact with air, in the same way that iron rusts.Researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks say that the rusty water comes from a small saltwater lake trapped beneath a glacier, which may have been there for a million years. The researchers say the lake is so salty it can't freeze at normal temperatures and scrapes irons from the bedrock as it seeps through the ice to Blood Falls.

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Fastest Aircraft in the World

The North American X-15 was a hypersonic rocket-powered aircraft operated by the United States Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as part of the X-plane series of experimental aircraft. The X-15 set speed and altitude records in the 1960s, reaching the edge of outer space and returning with valuable data used in aircraft and spacecraft design. The X-15's official world record for the highest speed ever recorded by a manned, powered aircraft, set in October 1967 when William J. "Pete" Knight flew Mach 6.72 at 102,100 feet (31,120 m), a speed of 4,520 miles per hour (7,274 km/h), has remained unchallenged as of March 2017.

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The 'flying saucer' moon of Saturn

Internet users have also likened it to ravioli, and even a walnut The raw, unprocessed images of Saturn's tiny moon, Pan, were taken on March 7, 2017, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.  The flyby had a close-approach distance of 24,572 kilometers (15,268 miles). These images are the closest images ever taken of Pan and will help to characterize its shape and geology, NASA said. Pan, the innermost of Saturn's known moons, has a mean radius of 8.8 miles (14.1 km) and orbits 83,000 miles (134,000 km) away from Saturn, within the Encke Gap of Saturn's A-ring.  Like Saturn's moon Atlas, it has a prominent equatorial ridge that gives it a distinctive flying saucer shape. As it orbits Saturn every 13.8 hours, it acts as a shepherd moon and is responsible for keeping the Encke Gap open.  The gap is a 200 mile (325 km) opening in Saturn's A ring. Pan creates stripes, called 'wakes,' in the ring material on either side of it.  Since ring particles closer to Saturn than Pan move faster in their orbits, these particles pass the moon and receive a gravitational 'kick' from Pan as they do. 

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Marble Caves of Patagonia, Chile

Dubbed as the most beautiful cave network in the world, Cuevas de Marmol is a 6,000 year-old sculpture hewn by the crashing waves of Lake General Carrera of Patagonia in Southern Chile. Also called the Marble Cathedral, the intricate caverns are part of a peninsula made of solid marble surrounded by the glacial Lake General Carrera that spans the Chile-Argentina border. The swirling pattern on the cave interiors are a reflection of the lake’s azure waters, which change depending on the water levels dictated by weather and season.

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Hubble image captures the death of a star

A new image from the Hubble Space Telescope displays the beauty of a stellar death -- in this case, the death of a low-mass star, similar to our sun in size. Once a red giant, the star is currently in a transitionary phase: It's on its way to becoming a planetary nebula. The Hubble image reveals the star's layers of gas and dust being shed and thrown outward. The expelled material, now forming clouds, could eventually form new stars and planets. Astronomers rarely catch dying red giants in their transitionary phase. It will only be a few thousand years before the star is a pure planetary nebula -- a blip in space time. By then, the spent stellar material will have slowed down and taken on more convoluted shapes. As the Hubble shows, the streams of gas are still energy filled and direct. The waves of yellow gas seen in the image are traveling at speeds of 621,371 miles per hour. The burgeoning Calabash Nebula is also known as the Rotten Egg Nebula, because of its large concentrations of sulfur. The nebula is found within the constellation of Puppis, 5,000 light-years from Earth.

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"Star Track" like light beams

The vertical columns of red, blue, orange and white appear when light reflects off the flat, mirror-like surfaces of ice crystals. Light pillars are typically seen in polar regions but can appear at lower latitudes in frigid temperatures.

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China's 1st aircraft carrier

China's first aircraft carrier has set off for the Western Pacific for an open-sea training exercise, the Defense Ministry said. State media said Sunday that it is the first time that the Liaoning, which was commissioned by the Chinese navy in 2012, has headed to "distant sea waters." The Western Pacific region stretches from China to New Zealand and encompasses countries in the Pacific, Oceania and parts of Asia. The statement said a navy formation including the Liaoning set off Saturday for training in the Western Pacific, without elaborating on the location, as part of an annual training plan. The exercise takes place at a time of tension between China and the United States, the Pacific Ocean's dominant power, over the sensitive issue of Taiwan, a self-governing island that Beijing claims as its territory. President-elect Donald Trump took a congratulatory Dec. 2 phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, marking the first time an American president or president-elect has publicly spoken to Taiwan's leader since Washington broke of its formal diplomatic relationship with Taiwan in 1979. To outrage in Beijing, Trump later suggested he could reevaluate U.S. policy on Taiwan. China seized a U.S. Navy underwater glider in the South China Sea on Dec. 16 in what was seen by Chinese analysts as a warning to Trump. China said last month that its aircraft carrier, purchased as an incomplete hull from Ukraine more than a decade ago, was ready to engage in combat. The Liaoning recently completed its first live-fire exercise along with fighters in the Bohai Sea in eastern China and, on Friday, the military announced it had carried out a series of fighter launch, recovery and air combat exercises slightly farther afield in the Yellow Sea. On Saturday morning, the Liaoning carried out training in the East China Sea, according to footage shown on state broadcaster China Central Television. A separate statement from the Defense Ministry said that several carrier-based fighter jets and helicopters took off one after another and returned after completing an air tactical confrontation and air refueling exercise. The Japanese Defense Ministry said it spotted the Liaoning as part of a fleet of eight Chinese warships that included destroyers and frigates, in the central part of the East China Sea for the first time. It said there was no incursion into Japanese waters. China hasn't described specifically how it intends to use the Liaoning, but it is seen as helping reinforce China's increasingly assertive claims over almost all of the South China Sea, which is home to key shipping lanes, rich fishing grounds and a potential wealth of mineral resources. Five other governments claim the maritime space either in part or in whole, and the Philippines and Vietnam in particular have sought assistance from the U.S. and others in beefing up their ability to resist China, including its construction of seven islands by piling sand atop coral reefs.

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75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor

On the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, a Sunday, Japanese bombers flew across Oahu, Hawaii, and began their assault. The attack killed more than 2,300 people, nearly half of them on the battleship USS Arizona. More than 1,100 were injured. After the attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a speech before Congress, calling Dec. 7 a “date which will live in infamy.” The U.S. declared war against Japan. Dec. 7, 2016, marks the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Underwater Car Tunnel

India is soon to have its own share of tourism quotient. Although our nation does not lag far behind many other tourist destinations across the world, still there are miles to cover when it comes to dedicated civic and tourist projects. It seems India’s newest state capital, Amaravati, has decided to mark itself well on the national map. The capital is soon planned to be graced with India's first underwater tunnel through river Krishna. This tunnel is planned to be about three-km long cutting across the waves of the river Krishna. If the masterplan comes true, then we shall soon have a transparent road tunnel from beneath the river connecting Amaravati with Vijayawada, the commercial hub of Andhra Pradesh.

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Chicago Cubs World Series Champions 20016

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First new US nuclear reactor in 20 years enters operation

The United States's first new nuclear generator in 20 years has entered commercial operation in Tennessee. The Tennessee Valley Authority's 1,150-megawatt Watts Bar 2 reactor is officially online and producing electricity for to 650,000 homes and businesses, the company announced Wednesday. Watts Bar 2 is the 100th nuclear reactor to operate in the United States, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute, and the first new reactor to open in 20 years. The reactor formally connected to the grid in June, but the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) said Wednesday that it underwent testing and a slow ratcheting up of power before today. With Watts Bar 2, the TVA has six nuclear units across its fleet. "TVA's mission is to make life better in the valley by providing reliable, low-cost energy, protecting our area's natural resources and working to attract business and growth - all priorities simultaneously supported by the completion of Watts Bar Unit 2," TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said in a statement. "Watts Bar Unit 2 is a key part of our commitment to produce cleaner energy without sacrificing the reliability and low cost that draws both industry and residents to our area." The reactor is decades in the making. Construction on the reactor began in 1973 but was put on hold in 1985. Officials restarted work on the project in 2007, and it was finally completed last year at a cost of $4.7 billion. It is the first reactor to meet stronger standards approved by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission after the Fukushima disaster in Japan in 2011. Four other nuclear reactors are under construction in the United States, and the federal Energy Information Administration expects them to go online within the next four years.

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Hurricane Matthew

A Category 3 hurricane, is blasting parts of eastern Florida with high winds, as its center tracks ever so close to the coast, bringing dangerous storm surge, destructive winds and flooding rainfall stretching into Georgia and South Carolina by the weekend. Wind gusts as high as 100 mph have been clocked at Cape Canaveral, Florida, prompting a rare NWS "extreme wind warning", as the hurricane's outer eyewall scrapes the Space Coast. Bands of heavy rain are lashing the coast as far north as the eastern Carolinas.

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Worlds' largest radio-telescope

China's gigantic Five hundred meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in Guizhou Province is structurally complete and ready to begin searching the skies for phenomena, including signs of extraterrestrial life.FAST has a collecting area of 196,000 square metres, dwarfing the next largest single dish radio telescope, the Aricebo Observatory in Puerto Rico, which at 305 metres across and has a 73,000 square metre collecting area. The telescope consists of 4,450 panels and has been constructed in a natural karst depression in Pingtang County. The nearest towns are kilometres away, providing both shielding and isolation from electromagnetic disturbances.

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Light beams off World Trade Center

An unusual beam of light reflecting off One World Trade days before the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

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$100 million pearl

The lucky angler, who has not been identified, discovered the 75-pound pearl — believed to be the biggest ever — in the sea off Palawan Island, the Mirror of the U.K. reported. Unaware of the giant pearl’s value, he kept it as a good-luck piece under his bed until a fire in his home forced him to move. The superstitious fishermen then decided to hand it over to the tourism office in remote Puerto Princesa, city officials said. A stunned tourism officer determined that the pearl, measuring a foot wide and 2.2 feet long, dwarfs the official current record holder — the $35 million, 14-pound Pearl of Allah, which in 1934 was also found off Palawan. “The fisherman threw the anchor down and it got stuck on a rock during a storm,” tourism officer Aileen Cynthia Amurao explained. “He noticed that it was lodged on a shell and swam down to pull up the anchor, and also brought the shell with him. “He didn’t know how much it was worth and kept it tucked away at home as a simple good-luck charm,” she added. Amurao told local media she has called on experts to authenticate the fortunate find. “We were amazed when he brought it to us,” she said. “We now need help from gemologists to fully certify it. But we believe Puerto Princesa is likely to earn another prestigious title and a record breaker for having the world’s biggest natural giant pearl from a giant clam.” An expert at Appraisers WorldWide said pearls typically aren’t cut down into smaller pieces because they’ll lose their luster. “I don’t know what kind of jewelry can be made out of [this pearl],” he mused. “This is probably a museum item.” The Pearl of Allah, also known as the Pearl of Lao Tzu, has been exhibited at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Times Square. Officials plan to keep the fisherman’s pearl in the Philippines in a bid to increase tourism to the area. Giant clams, which rarely produce pearls, can grow as large as four feet in length and weigh 500 pounds. They’re typically found in the South Pacific or Indian Ocean.

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Jurassic coast meteor shower

The beautiful night sky at Jurassic Coast. As if this beach were not stunning enough, meteors brightening the sky against the backdrop of the Milky Way took it to a whole new level of beauty.

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Morse code on Mars?

Strange photos showing a series of patterns that look like Morse Code etched onto the surface of Mars have spent conspiracy theorists into overdrive.A photo of the Hagal Dune field, below of Mars' north polar cap, appears to show a series of dots and dashes.But despite widespread hopes that the message might indicate an incoming close encounter, NASA dispelled it as a very familiar phenomenon. A NASA spokesperson said: "A circular depression (probably an old and infilled impact crater) has limited the amount of sand available for dune formation and influenced local winds. As a result, the dunes here form distinct dots and dashes."The 'dashes' are linear dunes formed by bi-directional winds, which are not traveling parallel to the dune. Instead, the combined effect of winds from two directions at right angles to the dunes, funnels material into a linear shape."The smaller 'dots' (called barchanoid dunes) occur where there is some interruption to the process forming those linear dunes."

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Skyslide

Opening on June 25, 2016, OUE Skyspace LA will be California’s tallest open-air observation deck and the premiere destination for 360-degree views of Los Angeles. In addition to the Skyslide, the OUE Skyspace LA experience will include a variety of interactive visitor touch points on floors 2, 54, 69 and 70 of the US Bank Tower. Made entirely of clear glass, 1 ¼ inches thick, the Skyslide attraction is a first-of-its-kind outdoor glass slide affixed to the exterior of the US Bank Tower, extending 45 feet long, from floor 70 to floor 69.

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Floating Pier

A yellow fabric walkway floating on Lake Iseo in northern Italy has attracted twice as many visitors as expected and has been forced to close at night for essential repairs and cleaning. Last Saturday, Bulgarian-born artist Christo opened “The Floating Piers,” a 3-kilometer (2-mile) walkway from Sulzano, on the mainland, to the Monte Isola and San Paolo islands, usually accessible only by boat.

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'The Greatest'

Muhammad Ali, the eloquent, colorful, controversial and brilliant three-time heavyweight boxing champion who was known as much for his social conscience and staunch opposition to the Vietnam War as for his dazzling boxing skills, has died. He was 74. Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on Jan. 17, 1942, in Louisville, Ky., Ali learned to box after his bicycle was stolen when he was 12 years old. When young Clay vowed to "whoop the behind" of the thief, a local police officer encouraged him to learn to box to channel his energy.

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The Lost Studio Backlot

"40 Acres" is the misnomer that was given to what was actually about 29 acres of land in Culver City, California, first used as a movie studio backlot in 1926 by Cecil DeMille, after he leased the property from Italian immigrate Achille Casserini (on March 22, 1926). DeMille's production company utilized the backlot for numerous silent films, including The King of Kings (1927), for which a large Jerusalem temple and town were constructed, The Fighting Eagle (1927), The Forbidden Woman (1927) and The Godless Girl (1929), DeMille's last silent, and for which a large reform school set was built on the lot. In 1928, DeMille's Culver City studio and backlot were acquired by RKO Pictures, whose films which employed the backlot included Bird of Paradise (1932) and the 1933 classic, King Kong. In 1937, David Selznick acquired the property in a long-term lease, and used the backlot to re-create a Civil War-era Atlanta for his 1939 epic Gone With The Wind (after filming the burning of numerous leftover sets on the lot, including the "King Kong" gate, to depict the burning of Atlanta in the film). Under a variety of owners over the next two decades, the backlot appeared in dozens of films, and by the early 1950's, the lot began to appear in television productions, including The Adventures of Superman. Pictured right in an aerial view from 1958, the backlot had just changed ownership to Desilu Studios. For the next ten years, the backlot would provide outdoor locales for Desilu's own television productions, as well as for series produced by others, the most notable of all being The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968), for which the streets of Atlanta constructed for Gone With The Wind served as the town of "Mayberry." Paramount Pictures eventually bought out Desilu, and in 1968, sold off the Culver City studio facilities. As the studio continued to change hands, the "40 Acres" backlot fell out of use and into disrepair in the early 1970's, and in 1976 it was bulldozed and the land was sold to industry.

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World's largest sponge

Researchers in Hawaii have been absorbed by a sea creature they discovered last summer, and their findings are pretty big. The team of scientists on a deep-sea expedition in the waters off Hawaii discovered what they say is the world's largest known sponge. The creature, roughly the size of a minivan, was discovered about 7,000 feet down in a marine conservation area off the shores of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The rare sponge, with a bluish-white color and brain-like appearance, stunned scientists when it appeared in the remote cameras attached to their underwater rover.

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Atoms of space theory

String theory, loop quantum gravity, causal-set theory: these are just a few of the approaches that theorists have taken. Naturally, proponents of each are convinced the others are misguided or even downright unscientific. But when you take a step back from the dispute, you notice all agree on one essential lesson: the space-time that we inhabit is a construction. It is not fundamental to nature, but emerges from a deeper level of reality. In some way or other, it consists of primitive building blocks — “atoms” of space — and takes on its familiar properties from how those building blocks are assembled. These “atoms” are clearly nothing like ordinary atoms such as hydrogen or oxygen. For one thing, they are not tiny, because the word “tiny” is a spatial description and these atoms are supposed to create space, not presuppose it. Yet many of the same principles apply. Water, for example, consists of H2O molecules. It can undergo a change of state — freezing or boiling — as those molecules rearrange themselves into new structures. The same might be true of space. If those atoms can assemble themselves into space, presumably they could also reassemble into other structures. And that might explain many of the mysteries of modern physics. Consider black holes. If,you fell into one, Einstein’s theory predicts your timeline would end. You would die, but that’d be the least of it. The atoms in your body would simply cease to be. Instead of ashes to ashes, you’d have ashes to ... nothingness. The new emergent space-time theories suggest a different picture in which space undergoes a change of state in a black hole. The black hole does not have an interior volume; its perimeter marks where space melts. The result is a new state that is no longer spatial and is scarcely even imaginable in human terms. If you fell in, you would probably still die, but the atoms in your body would still carry on in some new form. Consider, also, the big bang. Like black holes, it has always posed something of a paradox. The ordinary laws of physics, operating within time, are inherently unable to explain the beginning of time. According to those laws, something must precede the big bang to set it into motion. Yet nothing is supposed to precede it. A way out of the paradox is to think of the big bang not as the beginning but as a transition, when space crystallized from a primeval state of spacelessness.

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Overpass Collapse

An overpass under construction in the bustling Indian city of Kolkata collapsed on Thursday on to vehicles and street vendors below, killing at least 14 people with more than 100 people feared trapped. Residents used their bare hands to try to rescue people pinned under a 100-meter (110-yard) length of metal and cement that snapped off at one end and came crashing down in a teeming commercial district near Girish Park.

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Volcano Eruption with Lightning

Volcanic lightning is a weather phenomenon that is related to the production of lightning in a volcanic plume.Electrical charges are generated when rock fragments, ash, and ice particles in a volcanic plume collide and produce static charges, just as ice particles collide in regular thunderstorms.

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Pink Elephant

A rare baby albino elephant was spotted at the Kruger National Park Park in South Africa following his herd.

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The Golden Akhal Teke

This horse is beautiful enough to be a bronzed statue! With an unbelievably shiny coat that appears to be metallic in the sun, the Akhal Teke is the national emblem of the country of Turkmenistan. Not surprisingly, it’s known as the golden horse!

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Strong Man

Eddie Hall—appropriately named "The Beast"—set a Deadlift world record at the 2016 Arnold Strongman Classic. Famous for his Deadlifting ability, Hall already held the world record with a 1,021-pound lift from the standard height using straps and strongman technique—hitching is allowed on the way up. This year's Arnold Strongman Classic featured a Deadlift from the standard bar height, and, for the first time, the use of the Rogue Elephant Bar—a custom-designed long bar specifically made to handle the ridiculous weight loads in this event. The competition was in a ladder format. The strongmen had three opportunities to lift, but they had to choose their weights wisely, because once weight went onto the bar, it didn't come off. According to Strongman legend Bill Kazmaier, this year's field is one of the strongest in history, including 2015 winner Brian Shaw, seven-time winner Žydrūnas Savickas and "The Mountain" Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson. Hall performed his first attempt with over 1,000 pounds, well after the majority of the competitors had already maxed out. And the weight went up with ease. Hall's second attempt was at 1,014 pounds, which was bested by Brian Shaw who equaled Hall's former record of 1,021 pounds.

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Titanic Piano

The exact location of Titanic sinking given through coordinates are stern at 49o 56′ 54″ W, 41o 43′ 35″ N, 600 feet away from the bow which is at at 49o 56′ 49″ W, 41o 43′ 57″ N. A huge amount of debris and pieces of wreck at at 49o 56′ 49″ W, 41o 43′ 32″ N. The Titanic is now located 14 miles off the coast of Newfounland. It is located 13.5 miles away from its last distress call.

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Ghostly Octopus

Researchers aren't used to seeing ghosts on the seafloor. But on the latest cruise of a submarine controlled on NOAA's Okeanos Explorer they found an adorable octopod all ready for Halloween on the seafloor near Hawaii's Necker Island. The team working on the remote-controlled submersible has captured other amazing sea life before but none so spooky as this. The octopod is believed to belong to a completely unknown species, and may even be part of an unknown genus.

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Lightning Strikes World’s Tallest Building

It is certainly a striking image. This is the stunning moment a lightning bolt struck the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. The dramatic picture was a photographer’s reward for all his efforts to get the perfect shot after he climbed out onto a skyscraper roof in the middle of a storm for two hours to put himself in prime position to capture the phenomenon. Mohammad Azmi, 29, climbed out onto the rooftop of a 56-storey building in Dubai’s business area, opposite the Burj Khalifa, during a thunderstorm last week. Despite fearing that he could be struck by lightning at any second, he braved the weather for long enough to get this image. Mohammed said: ‘I was very nervous and scared as there was a high chance getting struck by lightning as I was exposed on the rooftop. 'But I was determined to take a lightning shot as I have been trying to take it for the last two years. 'It was raining and hailing it was very hard to shoot properly - I was worried about my photography gear as well as my own life. 'I took almost 400 images to capture the lightning but I only got one perfect shot of lightning. 'The weather channels have warned us that it was going to be really bad weather from afternoon with some hail and lightning. It’s only happened twice in the last two years, so I had all my gear ready to go - I had planned this for a long time. 'I would not recommend people trying going to a rooftop when there is a thunderstorm to capture it. 'There were a few instances where I actually felt the electric sensation when the lightning passed by near to the tower. If want to shoot the phenomena just make sure you are at a safe location.’

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Deadly I-78 pileup

At least three people were killed and scores were injured when dozens of vehicles slammed into each other on a stretch of Pennsylvania interstate in Lebanon County.

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Giant iceberg kills 150,000 Adélie penguins in Antarctica

An entire colony of Adélie penguins is heading for extinction after an iceberg larger than the country of Luxembourg grounded at Commonwealth Bay, blocking access to the sea and forcing the penguins to travel considerably longer distances to feed. The iceberg trapped the Adélie penguins. The colony once thrived with easy access at Cape Denison in Commonwealth Bay where strong winds blowing off the ice kept a large area of water open near shore. But once the iceberg grounded, the distance to the feeding grounds became a 75-mile round trip. In contrast, another population of Adélie penguins on the eastern fringe of Commonwealth Bay just five miles from the edge of the fast ice (sea ice fastened to the coastline) is thriving. This led researchers to believe the iceberg and fast ice expansion was responsible for the population decline.

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Romantic Restaurant

The Grotta Palazzese in Puglia, Italy, is sweeping with romance: Tucked inside a limestone cavern, this seasonal spot overlooks the Adriatic Sea, and has hosted elegant dinners since the 18th century, when Italian nobility held banquets in the space. By day, sun glints off the water and naturally lights the cave, and by night, lantern lamps loom low over the tables and cast shimmering reflections onto the sea below. There are white tablecloths, flickering candles, and crashing waves.

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Mars Rocket

The rocket is built to a scale never before seen in NASA. Though it is slightly smaller than the Cold War-era Saturn 5, it still comes in at 323 feet — taller than the Statue of Liberty. The SLS is also expected to produce 13% more thrust at the time of launch than previous rockets and more essentially will be able to carry 70 tons of cargo, compared to only 22 tons for NASA's traditional space shuttle.

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Polar bear cub ambassador for climate change

An adorable polar bear cub is drawing attention to a serious problem by warming hearts on the Internet. On Friday, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio, shared video highlights of her first 83 days of her life at the zoo – eating, sleeping, playing and cuddling with her own stuffed teddy bear. Staff also revealed her name: Nora. “Everyone here is very excited not only about the birth of Nora but now that she has a name. All of the names that were up for a vote were chosen by zoo staff, and then we left it to the rest of the world to help us name her,” Carrie Pratt, curator of the zoo’s North America and Polar Frontier regions, said in an interview with Yahoo News. Nora is a blend of her parents’ names: Nanuq and Aurora. The other options were Kaya, Sakari and Desna.

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East Coast Floods

Coastal flooding from a winter snowstorm inundates houses along W. 7th Avenue, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, in North Wildwood, N.J.

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Rare Pink Hippo

The unusual rose-colored hippo was photographed by a French couple in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. And though the bathing beauty stands out from the crowd, that’s not necessarily a good thing for hippos. Their usual gray color allows them to blend in with the scenery and hide from predators; it also prevents sunburn. This hippo’s pink hue, with speckled gray spots, is the result of a condition called leucism, meaning a partial loss of pigmentation. This is different from being albino, in which an absence of melatonin prevents any color from being displayed throughout the body (including in the eyes). Leucism affects only the skin, scales, or feathers. That’s why this hippo’s eyes look as dark as the rest of the herd.

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World's Largest Cave

The cave systems of Phong Nha are immense, and the national park contains the current title holder for the largest cave ever discovered, Hang Son Doong. Interpreted as “Mountain River Cave,” the largest chamber measures 5km long, and peaks out at 200m high and 150m wide. According to the Limberts, the cave is five times larger than nearby caves like Phong Nha Cave and Hang En, the third largest cave in the world previously considered the biggest cave in Vietnam. The biggest chamber of Sơn Đoòng is more than 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) long, 200 metres (660 ft) high and 150 metres (490 ft) wide. With these dimensions, Sơn Đoòng overtook Deer Cave in Malaysia in 2009 to take the title of the world's largest cave. The cave runs for approximately 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) and is punctuated by 2 large dolines, which are areas where the ceiling of the cave has collapsed. The dolines allow sunlight to enter sections of the cave and has resulted in the growth of trees as well as other vegetation. The cave contains some of the tallest known stalagmites in the world, which are up to 70 m tall. Behind the Great Wall of Vietnam were found cave pearls the size of baseballs, an abnormally large size.

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Death-defying waves in historic Pe’ahi Challenge

History was made today at the World Surf League (WSL) Pe’ahi Challenge on Maui, after the first-ever big-wave competition was held at the famous surf break Pe’ahi, better known as Jaws. Wave faces reached upward of 55 feet and surfers hit speeds of 50 mph heading down them. Surfers were required to paddle into the waves, instead of getting towed in by a Jet Ski. Multiple surfboards were broken during the contest, and a Jet Ski operator was knocked over in the huge surf.

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89th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Pilgrims wave on the Tom Turkey float in the 89th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.

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Fire in the Hancock Center

Chicago firefighters have put out a large fire that broke out on the 50th floor of the John Hancock Center. They called in extra personnel to do a top to bottom search of the building. As a result, they’re asking residents who live in the building to stay in their units while firefighters go door to door. Any residents having issues with smoke in their units are being asked to call 911. One person was taken to Northwestern hospital. It’s unclear how severe their injuries are. It’s not yet clear what started the fire.

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UFO clouds

Residents of Cape Town, South Africa saw brilliant and beautiful cloud formations in the daytime sky on Sunday. They are in fact lenticular clouds.They form when conditions are just right. Air flows along the surface of the earth and reaches some sort of obstruction like a mountain or valley.

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World’s largest fusion reactor

In Germany, a team of researchers are preparing to switch on the largest nuclear fusion plant in the world. Hosted at the Max Planck Institute, the stellarator, also known as Wendelstein 7-X (W7-X), is awaiting regulatory approval for a launch later this month.Unlike conventional nuclear reactors that rely on the breakdown of molecules and produce a hazardous waste, nuclear fusion generates energy by fusing molecules together. The nuclear fusion reactor uses high temperatures of more than 180 million degrees Fahrenheit to heat plasma to the point that the electrons are extracted from the atoms. Powerful magnetic fields, up to 50 six-ton magnetic coils in the case of the W7-X, then contain and control the plasma. Under these extreme conditions within the reactor, the normal repulsive forces between the electrons are overcome and the ions fuse together to produce energy. This fusion is the same process that fuels our sun.

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Boo! Halloween Asteroid Looks Just Like a Creepy Skull

NASA has called it a "Great Pumpkin." Others have called it "spooky." But this image of a huge asteroid making a Halloween flyby of Earth today looks so much like a skull, it's scary. The radar image of the stadium-sized asteroid 2015 TB145 was captured on Friday, Halloween eve (Oct. 30), by scientists using the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. It shows a haunting view of an asteroid with an uneven surface, with depressions in regions that give it the appearance of a human skull staring out from the void.

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Massive crack in earth mysteriously opens up

Hunters on a private ranch in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming stumbled upon an incredible and mysterious scene: a massive crack in the earth that in some places resembles a mini Grand Canyon. With no earthquakes reported in the area, locals were stunned and at a loss to explain the shift of soil and rocks that left the gaping crack estimated to be 750 yards long by 50 yards wide. The opening is said to be located 10 miles south of Tensleep, Wyoming, in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains.

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'Happy Hour' Comet

If there's a party going on in outer space, you may want to have it on comet Lovejoy, which has earned the nickname of the "happy hour" comet because it's leaving behind a trail of alcohol and sugar in its journey through the solar system, according to scientists. Formally known as C/2014 Q2, Lovejoy released 20 tons of water per second when it passed close to the sun on Jan. 30, according to a study published by a team including scientists from NASA and several European agencies. In January, the team observed the comet's atmosphere and the glow coming from it to determine what elements were present in the water. Ethyl alcohol, the same found in alcoholic beverages, and glycoaldehyde, a simple sugar, were found, according to the study, making this the first time that these complex organic compounds were observed in a comet. Only when comets are close to the sun, do they evaporate and release materials, making them visible.

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Patricia Strongest Hurricane Ever

Mexico's Pacific coast is in the crosshairs of Hurricane Patricia, which became the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured in the Western Hemisphere on Friday morning as its maximum sustained winds reached an unprecedented 200 mph (320 kph). The hurricane is forecast to make landfall in the Mexican state of Jalisco Friday evening as a catastrophic Category 5 hurricane capable of causing widespread destruction. Residents and authorities in Mexico are rushing to prepare for what will likely be the strongest hurricane to ever make landfall on that country's Pacific coastline. Tropical cyclone strength comparisons are typically based on minimum central pressure. At 892 millibars, Patricia shattered the Eastern Pacific basin's previous record of 902 millibars set by Hurricane Linda in 1997.

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Mirage of a floating city in the sky

Thousands of people in China this week reported seeing a large “floating city” in the sky that actually turned out to be a Fata Morgana, which is a rare type of mirage. It happens when rays of light are bent after passing through air layers of varying temperatures in a thermal inversion, i.e. a patch of air in which warmer air resides above cooler air.

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Kyle Schwarber’s home run ball

It's official. The Chicago Cubs have confirmed that rookie Kyle Schwarber's home run ball from Tuesday night's series-clinching game did indeed land on top of the right field scoreboard.The Cubs will leave the ball there. It is now a piece of the team's history.

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What is Selenium?

Selenium automates browsers. That's it! What you do with that power is entirely up to you. Primarily, it is for automating web applications for testing purposes, but is certainly not limited to just that. Boring web-based administration tasks can (and should!) also be automated as well. Selenium has the support of some of the largest browser vendors who have taken (or are taking) steps to make Selenium a native part of their browser. It is also the core technology in countless other browser automation tools, APIs and frameworks.

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World's Worst Traffic Jam

The G4 Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway Several hundred million people in China are believed to have taken to the roads during “Golden Week,” a week-long holiday that has millions traveling back home or to domestic vacation destinations.

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Cougar atop power pole

Cougar stands atop a 35 foot wooden power pole near the yellow “High Voltage” signs.

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What is it?

A giant termite mound in Kakadu National Park, Australia

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‘Glowing’ sea turtle

Marine biologists made a shocking discovery while filming biofluorescence in small sharks and coral reefs around the Solomon Islands recently. Out of nowhere, a “glowing” sea turtle came swimming by. The critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle, glowing in neon green and red, is the first reptile scientists have seen exhibiting biofluorescence. Biofluorescence is different from bioluminescence, in which animals either produce their own light through a series of chemical reactions, or host bacteria that give off light. Corals fluoresce, and recent research has found the ability in a number of fish, sharks, rays, tiny crustaceans called copepods, and mantis shrimp. But researchers never expected to find it in a marine reptile… The marine biologist captured the turtle sighting on a video camera system, whose only artificial illumination was a blue light that matched the blue light of the surrounding ocean. A yellow filter on the camera allowed the scientists to pick up fluorescing organisms.

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Hindu festival

Indian devotees prepare to immerse idols of elephant-headed Hindu god Ganesha in the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. The immersion of idols marks the end of ten-days long Ganesha Chaturthi festival that celebrates the birth of the Hindu god.

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Rare and mysterious snubfin dolphin

The snubfin dolphin resides off Australia’s north coast, but the mysterious mammal that always looks as though it’s smiling is rarely seen or photographed. But this past week, Emma Schmidt, a ranger with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, encountered one the smiling snubfins off Hinchinbrook Island, and said it was “pure luck” to have captured an image before the shy critter vanished. Snubfin dolphins are highly social and usually travel in groups of 50 to 100, but they’re a vulnerable, near-threatened species, thanks largely to degradation of habitat caused by coastal construction projects. The cetaceans are unique in appearance, with their melon-shaped heads and short, stout bodies, but also in the manner by which they hunt.

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Mysterious Iridescent 'End of Times' Cloud

An iridescent, multi-hued cloud phenomenon was recently spotted in Costa Rica skies, and residents were left awestruck and mystified. The colorful luminescence is caused by the sun's light being refracted by water droplets and ice crystals in the cloud.

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1000-year-old skeleton found in fallen tree roots

The skeleton is 1,000 years old and that of a young man between the ages of 17 and 20. He "suffered a violent death," and several injuries were seen on his ribs and hand. The man was given a Christian burial, but no other skeletons were found in the excavation. "As excavations go, this was certainly an unusual situation," Dr. Marion Dowd told the Irish Times. "This burial gives us an insight into the life and tragic death of a young man in medieval Sligo." The remains are now being analyzed. It's not known whether there are other bodies nearby. The upper portion of the skeleton under excavation, trapped in the root matrix of the collapsed beech tree.The lower leg bones of the skeleton remain in the grave, undisturbed. The upper leg bones were broken when the tree toppled over.

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Weird Microscopic Animal Inspires New Kind of Glass

A really weird, really tiny animal — the microscopic tardigrade — is the inspiration behind a new material that could improve the efficiency of things like LED lights and solar cells. The tardigrade's ability to produce glasslike molecules under a wide range of temperatures — they can survive temperatures as high as 304 degrees Fahrenheit (151 degrees Celsius) and as low as minus 328 degrees F (minus 200 degrees C) — led the researchers to experiment with the creation of new glass materials under extreme conditions. And this, in turn, led to the development of a glass material that is almost as strange as the creature that inspired its discovery.

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Earth has 3 trillion trees but they're falling at alarming rate

Earth is home to just over 3 trillion trees - the redwoods of California, the olive trees of Tunisia, the cherry trees of Japan, the eucalyptus of Australia and so many more - but they are being lost at an alarming rate because of human activities. Those are the findings of researchers who on Wednesday unveiled the most comprehensive assessment of global tree populations ever conducted, using data including satellite imagery and ground-based tree density estimates from more than 400,000 locations worldwide. The estimate of 3.04 trillion trees - an estimated 422 for every person - is about eight times higher than a previous estimate of 400 billion trees that was based on satellite imagery but less data from the ground. The new findings leave abundant reason for concern - with people at the root of the problem. The number of trees has fallen by about 46 percent since the start of human civilization and each year there is a gross loss of 15 billion trees and a net loss of 10 billion, said Yale University ecologist Thomas Crowther, who led the study published in the journal Nature.

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'Sky Pool'

The world's first "sky pool" will bridge two high-rises in London 10 stories up. It will be completely see-through and utterly stomach-churning.Our main question is: Who will have the nerve to swim in it?At Embassy Gardens, a 2,000-unit luxury complex next to the new U.S. Embassy in London's Nine Elms district, residents will be able to swim from one building to another in a clear swimming pool bridging the main entrance, 10 stories in the air. The water will be about 4 feet deep; the pool itself will be 90 feet long by 19 feet wide by almost 10 feet deep, built of 8-inch-thick sheets of glass.

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China blast zone blocked over contamination fear; 112 dead

Smoke billows out from the site of an explosion that reduced a parking lot filled with new cars to charred remains at a warehouse in northeastern China's Tianjin municipality, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. Huge explosions in the warehouse district sent up massive fireballs that turned the night sky into day in the Chinese port city of Tianjin.

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Serengeti lions napping in a tree

Australian Bobby-Jo Clow was leading a photographic safari in the Moru Kopjes area of Central Serengeti, Tanzania, when the tour came upon a very unusual sight: a tree full of lions taking naps. The group had been photographing thousands of wildebeests and zebras that were part of the Great Migration when the lions were spotted in a sausage tree about one meter away. There were about 25 lions in the pride. The tourists managed to get close enough to obtain amazing photos, and even hear some of the lions snoring. Clow said it was comical to watch the lions reposition themselves “as they are very clumsy and lack the leopards’ climbing skills.” So why were the lions in the tree? Like humans, they don’t like insects. “Our amazing guide Firoz informed us that due to the recent rains the grass was quite long in the Serengeti and that lions climb the trees to escape the insects that thrive in the long grass,” Clow explained.

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Wildfire races across California freeway

A fast-moving wildfire swept across a Southern California freeway in a mountain pass, destroying 20 vehicles and sending motorists running to safety before burning at least four structures. Two people suffered minor injuries, authorities said Friday. The fire started in the Cajon Pass along Interstate 15 — the main highway between Southern California and Las Vegas — and quickly chewed through bone-dry brush. As flames closed in, drivers and passengers ran from their vehicles.

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Blue Angels’ low pass sends beachgoers chasing after chairs, um

There’s nothing quite like the thrill of F/A-18 Hornets roaring overhead during an air-show performance. But for beachgoers in the flight zone of the Blue Angels during Saturday’s show in Pensacola, Florida, the deafening roar was followed by a scramble for flying chairs, tents and umbrellas, thanks to turbulence generated by the low-flying jets. The beachgoers weren’t part of the paying crowd at Naval Air Station Pensacola, but they appear to have received the biggest thrill, if this can be described as such, as the jets passed overhead at about 700 mph. We have a feeling that because so much publicity has been generated by the YouTube footage, this will be a very crowded beach during next year’s show. Perhaps some of the people will consider bringing sand anchors for their furniture.

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Liberia's 'Planet of the Apes' chimps facing starvation

Monkey Island (Liberia) - A speedboat laden with fruit approaches and four chimpanzees come bounding over from the dense forest, screeching excitedly as volunteers throw them pineapple and mango chunks. The apes are part of a colony of former research lab captives enjoying retirement uncaged on an atoll deep in the jungle of southern Liberia, known as Monkey Island. The island has no fresh water or food. The only significant inhabitants of the six islets, the chimps have been living an idyllic existence, fed by human volunteers on their very own 'Planet of the Apes' -- a nickname given to the archipelago by local media. But the colony of 66 chimps has been at the centre of an international storm since the New York-based blood bank funding it announced in March it was stopping the cash.

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New Powerball rules make it harder to win big

You may want to think twice before plunking down even a paltry $2 to play Powerball this coming October, the 36-state lottery. LoHud.com reports that the odds of winning the top prize – historically anywhere from $2 million to $600 million -- will jump from 1 in 175,223,510 to 1 in 292,201,338. Hope springs eternal for your chance to double your investment to $4 though, as the odds for that win just improved from 1 in 111 to 1 in 92. In fact, the likelihood of any players winning some kind of reward will get a boost to 1 in 25, up from 1 in 32.

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Two large crashes mar Tour de France

Spanish veteran Joaquim Rodriguez won the crash-marred third stage of the Tour de France on Monday, with British rider Chris Froome finishing second to take the race leader's yellow jersey. Just as cyclists were beginning to make their move to the front of the pack on Stage 3, a rub of tires creates a chain reaction on two parts of the road resulting in massive crashes. The crash happened with a little under 60 kilometers (37 miles) remaining, forcing the stage to be neutralized and then stopped altogether shortly after - for nearly 20 minutes - while organizers allowed those who fell to catch up.

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Mummy found in northwest Indiana could be 2,000 years old

Crews working on the site of a proposed quarry in northwest Indiana uncovered a mummified body. The mummy could be up to 2,000 years old. The body’s head and torso is distinguished. It was found in Eagle Creek Township, southeast of Lowell. Archeologists are now checking out the mummy and it’s possible the site could be an old Native American burial ground. Work on the proposed quarry has been stopped so that crews can continue to look for more remains and artifacts.

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Yosemite’s Half Dome on fire?

At first glance, flames appear to be rising out of the iconic Half Dome in Yosemite National Park with smoke surrounding the majestic peak. At least it looks like Half Dome is on fire in the photo. Or perhaps the fire is behind Half Dome. Turns out, it’s neither. It’s a photo that only looks like a fire, taken at the right place at the right time by Austin Jenanyan, a 20-year-old photographer currently working the summer at Glacier National Park in Montana. Jenanyan called the amazing image “Fire and ice collide at sunrise in Yosemite,” and explained in an email to GrindTV how he got the shot: “I was photographing reflections of an icy Half Dome along the Merced River before the sun came up when I noticed a lone cloud starting to form around Half Dome. I switched lenses and zoomed in to get a close-up. “After several shots, the cloud started to change shape and eventually morphed into the exact shape of a flame. It was incredible to witness as it looked like Half Dome was on fire! It lasted only a few short moments before dissipating. All in all a very surreal and magical experience.”

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American Pharoah wins Triple Crown

Victor Espinoza, celebrates atop American Pharoah #5, after winning the 147th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6, 2015 in Elmont, New York. With the wins American Pharoah becomes the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years.

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NASA 'flying saucer' launch

Bad weather led the US space agency to postpone until Friday the first test of the largest parachute ever deployed, with the view of one day using it to land on Mars. If conditions improve, the test flight of the flying saucer, known as the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator, will be broadcast live on NASA's website beginning at 1:30 pm (1730 GMT) on Friday. The test will involve sending the flying saucer, an inner-tube shaped decelerator and parachute to an altitude of 120,000 feet (37 kilometers) over the Pacific Ocean with the help of a giant balloon. The balloon will release the spacecraft and rockets will lift the vehicle even higher, to 180,000 feet (55 kilometers), reaching supersonic speeds. "Traveling at three times the speed of sound, the saucer's decelerator will inflate, slowing the vehicle, and then a parachute will deploy at 2.35 times the speed of sound to carry it to the ocean's surface," NASA said. The US space agency has set a goal of sending humans to Mars by the 2030s.

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Pipeline in Arkansas River ruptures, releases natural gas

A 2-mile section of the Arkansas River near Little Rock remained closed Wednesday following the rupture of a pipeline that released enough natural gas to fuel about 65 homes for a year. No reports of injuries since the leak was reported, and that the closure hasn't affected boat traffic because the river was already mostly closed due to flooding.

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California's largest lake shrinks

Once-bustling marinas on shallow water in California's largest lake a few years ago are bone-dry. Carcasses of oxygen-starved tilapia lie on desolate shores. Flocks of eared grebes and shoreline birds bob up and down to feast on marine life. An air of decline and strange beauty permeates the Salton Sea: The lake is shrinking — and on the verge of getting much smaller as more water goes to coastal cities. San Diego and other Southern California water agencies will stop replenishing the lake after 2017, raising concerns that dust from exposed lakebed will exacerbate asthma and other respiratory illness in a region whose air quality already fails federal standards. A smaller lake also threatens fish and habitat for more than 400 bird species on the Pacific flyway.

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Lake Mead water level drops 150 feet in 14 years

A sign warning boaters of low water levels is posted near the Echo Bay boat launch on May 12, 2015 in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada.

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Magnitude-7.9 quake hits Nepal

A strong magnitude-7.9 earthquake shook Nepal's capital and the densely populated Kathmandu Valley before noon Saturday, causing extensive damage with toppled walls and collapsed buildings.Dozens of people with injuries were being brought to the main hospital in central Kathmandu. There was no immediate estimate on fatalities. Several buildings collapsed in the center of the capital, Old Kathmandu, including centuries-old temples.

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Fossilized Dinosaur Eggs Discovered

Construction workers in southern China discovered 43 fossilized dinosaur eggs while working on a road upgrade project.The fossils were discovered in early April in China's Guangdong province. Of the eggs, 19 were still intact. These eggs are large in size, and one even has a diameter of 13 centimeters [more than five inches.It was unknown what type of dinosaur the eggs may belong to, however, they have been sent to the museum for further research. Known as the "Home of Dinosaurs," the city of Heyuan in Guangdong province holds the record for the largest collection of dinosaur egg fossils in the world, with 10,008.

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Marine helicopter is forced to land on California beach

A huge Marine Corps helicopter made an emergency landing on a Southern California beach , bringing no damages or injuries but leaving an unforgettable spectacle for surrounding swimmers and sunbathers.

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180,000-Karat Emerald

One of the largest and rarest gems in the world is at the center of a court battle in Los Angeles. Several people are staking a claim to the 840-pound emerald, but they're taking on an entire country. Kit Morrison said the Bahia belongs to him and two of his associates. We've beaten six people, Morrison said. We've either settled with them or beaten them in court to show that we are the bonafide purchaser of this emerald. We are the last man standing, if you will. The emerald was first discovered in Brazil's Bahia mines in 2001. It was reportedly shipped from São Paulo to northern California, then bought, sold and allegedly stolen several times in several locations. Then in 2008, a man named Larry Biegler reported it stolen from his California warehouse. Police found the emerald in Las Vegas in the possession of Morrison, who said he bought it from Biegler. Morrison said he paid seven figures for the emerald and has proof. We have a purchase and sale agreement we have a lot of documentation, he said. But the stone's story isn't that crystal clear. It belongs to Brazil and we are going to fight for it, Brazilian government representative Marconi Melo said. The government claims in court documents that the emerald was illegally mined, illegally transported, illegally exported to the United States. When asked if they would even care if the emerald weren't worth so much money, Melo said, We care that no gem or stone or mineral of Brazil could be taken out of the country without the correct authorization. He sees it as an exploitation of Brazil's resources. In court Monday morning, Brazil will ask a judge to dismiss Morrison's claim to the gem. Attorney John Nadolenco is representing Brazil and said the case against Morrison is clear. The emerald was never theirs to buy, trade, sell, or invest in, Nadolenco said. The second it came out of the ground, it belonged to Brazil and it still does. If it succeeds, the Brazilian government says the Bahia Emerald's new home would be in a museum.

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Volcanic eruptions in Costa Rica

A series of spectacular eruptions on Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano prompted the temporarily closure of the Central American nation’s main airport Friday, as clouds of ash filled the sky and reached the capital city of San Jose. The 10,919-foot Turrialba, located in the southeast about 40 miles from San Jose, is one of several active volcanoes in Costa Rica.

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Frozen waves

The unusually cold winter of Massachusetts produced an incredible phenomenon 100 miles southeast of Boston on the island of Nantucket recently: frozen waves.

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Smiley face in space

Taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope appears to capture a random smiley face in the middle of the universe. The adorable image appears to include a head, two bright orange eyes, a button nose and a smile. NASA says the image actually shows a phenomenon called ‘strong gravitational lensing’ that pulls different materials into the shape.

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Storm bike is fully electric

Stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic again? Tired of being crammed like cattle into a subway car? An Indiegogo campaign launching Monday may help change that. The Storm eBike is a basic two-wheeler with a battery-powered motor that could make your daily commute a breeze. “It’s the Tesla of bicycles,” says company co-founder Storm Sonders (yes, that’s his real name). But the Storm eBike doesn’t come with a Tesla-like price. At an introductory price of $499, it lives at the low end of the range for electric bikes, which can cost $3,000 or more. (That introductory offer will expire in a few days; the expected retail price is closer to $1300.) I got to take one for a short spin outside Yahoo’s San Francisco offices. Unlike traditional electric-assist bikes, which require you to pedal first before the motor kicks in, the Storm is fully electric. A gentle tap of my thumb on the accelerator, and I was hitting the max speed of 20 mph in less than 50 yards. Hydraulic disc brakes brought it to a swift stop.

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132-year-old Winchester rifle found propped against a tree

Archaeologists conducting surveys in Nevada’s Great Basin National Park came upon a gun frozen in time: a .44-40 Winchester rifle manufactured in 1882. It was propped up against a juniper tree. It’s remarkable that anyone was able to spot the gun back in November, as it had blended in so well with its surroundings. The unloaded gun appears to have been left undisturbed for more than 100 years; its wooden base had turned gray and was partially buried, and the barrel had rusted.The rifle’s story remains a mystery

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"When it rains, it pours"

Salt pours out as wall collapses at Morton factory in Chicago

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Fog gathers in Grand Canyon

Hikers at the Grand Canyon found themselves above a sea of fog Thursday. Thick, low-lying clouds developed inside the iconic canyon just before sunrise as part of a rare weather phenomenon known as a total cloud inversion.

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Nature photo ‘Phantom’ sells for $6.5 million

A black-and-white nature photograph titled “Phantom,” which depicts a ghost-like figure inside of a subterranean cavern in Arizona, has sold for $6.5 million. Peter Lik Fine Art Photography on Tuesday announced the sale to a private collector, describing the image as “the most expensive photograph ever—setting a world record.” The private collector, who was not named, also purchased two other Peter Lik photographs, “Illusion and “Eternal Moods,” for $2.4 million and $1.1 million, respectively.

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Largest stone ever carved by human hands

The stone is more than 2,000 years old, dating to at least 27 B.C.E., archaeologists estimate. It is 64 feet long and 19.6 feet wide, with a height of at least 18 feet. It clocks in at an astounding 1,650 tons. The archaeologists found the stone in a quarry in Baalbek in Lebanon. During Roman rule, Baalbek was a Roman colony known as Heliopolis, "the city of the sun." Alexander the Great founded Heliopolis in 334 B.C.E.

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Cape Verde volcano threatens to destroy villages

Lava and clouds of smoke and gases are emitted from a volcano on the island of Fogo, near Cha das Caldeiras, Cape Verde, 28 November 2014. The seven sources of lava of the volcanic eruption at Fogo Island that started to flow 23 November 2014 united on 28 November 2014 into one lava flow a kilometer wide.

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Cosmic first: spacecraft lands on comet

DARMSTADT, Germany — Landing with a bounce after traveling 4 billion miles, a European spacecraft made history Wednesday by successfully reaching the icy, dusty surface of a speeding comet — a cosmic first designed to answer big questions about the universe. The landing by the washing machine-sized craft after a decade-long journey required immense precision, as even the slightest error could have resulted in stellar calamity.

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Massive, multicolored lobster fetches $95,000

A Chinese fisherman must have thought it was his lucky day recently when he hauled from the depths a gigantic tropical rock lobster. But Zheng Lee Pan he could not have imagined how lucky the catch would turn out to be. Weighing an astonishing 56 pounds, which is more than three times the species’ average weight, the multicolored lobster triggered an intense bidding war and ultimately fetched $95,000.

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Starlings

A murmuration of starlings put on a display near the town of Gretna, Scotland, Thursday Nov. 6, 2014. The starlings visit the area twice a year in the months of February and November.

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Hawaiian lava flow

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday declared a slow-moving lava flow from the Pu'u O'o vent of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii to be a major disaster, the White House said. The declaration frees up federal money to help protect local communities from the lava flow, which began moving toward homes on the big island of Hawaii on June 27 and is threatening Pahoa village.

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Tightrope Walk

Daredevil acrobat Nik Wallenda gingerly crossed two wires, at one point blindfolded and without a safety harness or a net, strung between two Chicago skyscrapers on a Sunday evening in a derring-do high-wire act above the Windy City. Holding a pole, Wallenda cautiously moved across a wire that was 3/4-inch thick. It was the latest feat for Wallenda, who became the first person to walk across the Grand Canyon on a wire in June 2013. Wallenda took on a 15-degree incline for the first part of the Chicago walk and then wore a blindfold during the second part of it.

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Forgotten Corvette collection emerges from the dust after 25 year

Peter Max was not a car guy. So when he purchased a collection of 36 Chevrolet Corvettes, one from every year of manufacture up until 1989, he had a very specific plan: He would use this slice of American history as a tool to self-promote his work as an artist, painting the machines in lurid colors while staging them in various oddball scenarios only the most expressive of minds could envision. Only that never happened. Instead, Max left his collection in a New York City storage lot, which is where they've lived for a quarter of a century, sat gathering inches of dust, moved only when switching from one storage location to another. However, that is all about to change, as the cars are now under new ownership – one that will lovingly restore the 'Vettes and get them back on the road.

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Supply rocket explodes after liftoff

A commercial supply ship bound for the International Space Station has exploded moments after liftoff. Orbital Sciences Corp.'s unmanned rocket blew up over the launch complex at Wallops Island, Virginia, just six seconds after liftoff. The company says no one was believed to be hurt and the damage appeared to be limited to the facilities. Flames could be seen shooting into the sky as the sun set.

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Gold Nugget Sold

One of the biggest gold nuggets found in modern times in Northern California's historic Gold Country is going up for sale. Weighing in at more than 6 pounds, the Butte Nugget is expected to carry a price tag of $350,000. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, that the nugget's owner asked dealer Don Kagin to keep his name and the location of the discovery secret.

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Another Grand Canyon

It's in Yellowstone National Park, and it's actually named The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. At roughly 20 miles long, it features no less than three waterfalls for a sight that's truly spectacular. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone that you see today is somewhere between 10,000 and 14,000 years old, which the National Park Service describes as "a very recent geologic feature." It was cut by the Yellowstone River, the longest undammed river in the continental U.S. The canyon varies from 800 to 1,200 feet deep -- not as deep as the actual Grand Canyon, but we'll take it.

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Plumpest pumpkin: 2,058-pound gourd sets record

John Hawkley poses on stage with his pumpkin at the 41st Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, Calif., Monday, Oct. 13, 2014. Hawkley won with a 2,058 lb. pumpkin and set a new North American record.

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Supertyphoon on course to hit Japan

A supertyphoon on course to hit Japan over the weekend is as powerful as the deadly storm that ripped through the Philippines in 2013 killing thousands of people, meteorologists said Wednesday The monstrous storm, named Vongfong, was picking up speed as it churned through the far west of the Pacific Ocean. "Its strength is very much similar to Haiyan," which ravaged the Philippines in November, said a meteorologist at the Japan Meteorological Agency.

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Japanese Volcano Erupts

Firefighters and members of Japan's Self-Defense Forces conduct a rescue operation at a cabin near the peak of Mount Ontake as plumes of smoke billow in central Japan, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. Mount Ontake erupted shortly before noon Saturday, spewing large white plumes of gas and ash high into the sky and blanketing the surrounding area in ash. Rescue workers on Sunday found more than 30 people unconscious and believed to be dead near the peak of an erupting volcano.

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60,000 Syrian Kurds flee to Turkey from Islamic State advance

SURUC Turkey - About 60,000 Syrian Kurds fled into Turkey in the space of 24 hours, a deputy prime minister said on Saturday, as Islamic State militants seized dozens of villages close to the border. Turkey opened a stretch of the frontier on Friday after Kurdish civilians fled their homes, fearing an imminent attack on the border town of Ayn al-Arab, also known as Kobani. A Kurdish commander on the ground said Islamic State had advanced to within 15 km (9 miles) of the town. Local Kurds said they feared a massacre in Kobani, whose strategic location has been blocking the radical Sunni Muslim militants from consolidating their gains across northern Syria. The United States has said it is prepared to carry out airstrikes in Syria to stop the advances of Islamic State, which has also seized tracts of territory in neighbouring Iraq and has proclaimed a caliphate in the heart of the Middle East.

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Mysterious Fake Cellphone Towers

Seventeen fake cellphone towers were discovered across the U.S. last week, according to a report in Popular Science. Rather than offering you cellphone service, the towers appear to be connecting to nearby phones, bypassing their encryption, and either tapping calls or reading texts. Les Goldsmith, the CEO of ESD America, used ESD's CryptoPhone 500 to detect 17 bogus cellphone towers. ESD is a leading American defense and law enforcement technology provider based in Las Vegas. With most phones, these fake communication towers are undetectable. But not for the CryptoPhone 500, a customized Android device that is disguised as a Samsung Galaxy S III but has highly advanced encryption. Goldsmith told Popular Science: " Interceptor use in the U.S. is much higher than people had anticipated. One of our customers took a road trip from Florida to North Carolina and he found eight different interceptors on that trip. We even found one at South Point Casino in Las Vegas.” The towers were found in July, but the report implied that there may have been more out there. Although it is unclear who owns the towers, ESD found that several of them were located near U.S. military bases.

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Two ancient Mayan cities found in Mexican jungle

MEXICO CITY - Archaeologists have found two ancient Mayan cities hidden in the jungle of southeastern Mexico, and the lead researcher says he believes there are "dozens" more to be found in the region. Ivan Sprajc, associate professor at the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, said his team found the ancient cities of Lagunita and Tamchen on the Yucatan peninsula in April by examining aerial photographs of the region. Sprajc said the two cities reached their heyday in the Late and Terminal Classic periods (600-1000 AD). At each site, researchers found palace-like buildings, pyramids and plazas. One of the pyramids is almost 20 meters (65 feet) high. They also found a facade featuring a monster-mouth doorway, which probably marked one of the main entrances to the center of the city. Photographs from the sites showed stone pyramids jutting out from beneath dense foliage.

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'Drinkable': 200-Year-Old Booze Found in Shipwreck

A 200-year-old stoneware seltzer bottle that was recently recovered from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea contains alcohol, according to the results of a preliminary analysis.Researchers discovered the well-preserved and sealed bottle in June, while exploring the so-called F53.31 shipwreck in Gda?sk Bay, close to the Polish coast. Preliminary laboratory tests have now shown the bottle contains a 14-percent alcohol distillate, which may be vodka or a type of gin called jenever, most likely diluted with water.The bottle, which has a capacity of about 1 liter (34 ounces), was manufactured in Ranschbach, Germany, a town located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) away from the springs of Selters water.

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'God' and Angel Clouds

Definitely, this is an awesome picture but is it really a message from heaven? Is this striking image of majestic man wearing robes God? You be the judge. The cloud above was spotted in Cape Coral, Florida by my boss on his way home from work. And what was immediately obvious was the fact that this cloud was shaped in the image of the Lord. Also look to the far right and you'll see another cloud that looks like an angel with a trumpet in hand. Maybe it's the angel Gabriel blowing a trumpet blast to indicate the Lord's return to Earth, or maybe not... I realize that some may see this as a sign, an act of God if you will. There will be others, those who will doubt. And that's okay. But one thing's for sure, and that's how remarkably clear this image in the sky really is. Believe it or not, God is said to work in mysterious ways.

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Fighter Jet Captures Towering 'Fire Clouds' Over California

Giant, towering "fire clouds" billowing up from the wildfires currently ravaging California have been captured in stunning images snapped from fighter jets. Almost 80 percent of California is deep in drought. Last year was the driest year in 119 years of record, and 2014 has brought little relief to the parched state. The dried-out vegetation covering California acted like kindling when lightning strikes earlier this month sparked more wildfires that have scorched more than 100,000 acres (400 square kilometers) across the state. Wildfires fanned by high winds can create fire tornadoes, but wildfires can also create huge, towering plumes called pyrocumulus clouds (sometimes called "fire clouds").

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'Face' on Comet 67P Spotted

If you're a fan of the "Face on Mars," then you might just have a new best friend. A new photo from Europe's Rosetta spacecraft has captured what appears to be a face on a comet in deep space, even if it's only a fun optical illusion. Rosetta captured the photo of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on Sunday (Aug. 3) while en route to its historic arrival at the comet earlier today (Aug. 6). The image shows the 2.5-mile-wide (4 kilometers) comet in its entirety, with the face illusion visible on the right side of the comet.

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Water ban

TOLEDO, Ohio — New tests Sunday showed some toxins still contaminating Lake Erie, leaving regional water supplies off limits and some 400,000 residents in parts of Ohio and Michigan headed into a third day of scrambling to stock up on drinking, cooking and bathing water.

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Two New Mysterious Holes Discovered In Siberia

The mystery deepens. Just days after a passing helicopter spotted a giant hole in northern Siberia, two more mysterious holes have been discovered in the region. Scientists have yet to explain the first curious crater, and now they have more work on their hands. One of the newly discovered holes was spotted by reindeer herders on the Yamal Peninsula, where the first hole was spotted, The Moscow Times reported. It resembles the first hole and has a diameter of nearly 50 feet. Herders also spotted the second newfound hole. It's hundreds of miles northeast in the Krasnoyarsk region and measures about 13 feet across, according to The Siberian Times. Researchers who examined the first hole will now be dispatched to the other two formations to collect more data. Scientists with the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of the Earth Cryosphere, which is leading the investigation, suspect that the first hole formed when melting permafrost triggered an explosion of methane gas. That theory was bolstered when an icy lake was found at the bottom of the 230-foot-deep hole.

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UN Security Council calls for Gaza cease-fire

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Security Council has called for "an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire" in the Gaza war between Israel and Hamas. The council adopted the presidential statement at an emergency meeting just after midnight on Monday as Muslims started celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. The call for a cease-fire follows new attacks launched by Israel and Hamas despite going back and forth over proposals for another temporary halt to nearly three weeks of fighting.

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Man dies after lightning strikes 14 in California

LOS ANGELES — A 20-year-old man died Sunday after lightning struck 13 people at a popular Los Angeles beach and a golfer on Catalina Island during rare summer thunderstorms that swept through Southern California, authorities said. The man was taken from Venice Beach and pronounced dead at a hospital Sunday afternoon, Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz said. His identity was not immediately released.

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Blue-colored red king crab caught off Nome

For at least the second time this year, a Bering Sea fisherman has caught an extremely rare blue-colored red king crab. The latest specimen, which could also be described as lavender-colored, was discovered in a pot on July 4 by Nome fisherman Frank MacFarland. Scott Kent, a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, saw MacFarland unloading his odd catch, snapped a picture, and sent the image to the Nome Nugget. It became front-page news, and the buzz about town, because even the many crabbers who live in Nome had never seen a red king crab crab that was any other color but red. Locals have flocked to Norton Sound Seafood Products, where the live crab is being stored, to have photos taken with the peculiar crustacean.

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Oceanic Methane

Ah, the oxygen-rich surface of the ocean, where the air and water meet, and life flourishes. But you might not know that these waters are also supersaturated with methane relative to the atmosphere, a phenomenon termed the "marine methane paradox." The question being: Where does this methane come from? The answer matters because this methane eventually makes its way into the atmosphere, where it readily traps heat, giving it a 20-fold greater impact on climate change than carbon dioxide, pound for pound. It was previously thought that methane could only be produced by bacteria in anaerobic, or oxygen-devoid environments. So what's going on here? It turns out the culprit may have been hiding in plain sight all along, so to speak. New research suggest much of the methane is produced by the most abundant organism in the ocean, a group of very simple and tiny bacteria called SAR11. Usually these bacteria don't produce methane, but the study, published in Nature Communications, shows that they can produce the gas as a byproduct of their natural metabolism when they are starved for phosphorus. The microbes make the methane from a substance called methylphosphonic acid, which is in turn excreted by another type of Archaebacteria. This acid contains phosphorus, and when the element becomes scarce (as it does in various parts of the ocean, often on a seasonal basis, for a variety of reasons) the SAR11 microbes digest the acid, releasing methane. The exact amount of methane produced this way is unknown. In terms of remediation, for now it makes more sense to address human-associated sources of methane, like mining, fracking, and cattle.

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Motorist captures parting of storm

As stormy skies cleared over Florida earlier this week, Joe Zuniga experienced an extraordinary moment he described as spiritual, and unforgettable. The parting of the storm. As Zuniga drove along Interstate 75, the clouds suddenly shifted in a peculiar way, creating an large square-shaped sunny patch through which motorists passed. It was as if rain clouds had parted over the motorists for a reason.

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