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A plane passes in front of a full moon July 13, in Milwaukee. The moon's orbit brought it closer to Earth than usual. This cosmic combo is called a supermoon. A supermoon will occur again on Thursday night.

Summer’s last supermoon and meteor shower take the celestial stage tonight

A plane passes in front of a full moon July 13, in Milwaukee. The moon’s orbit brought it closer to Earth than usual. This cosmic combo is called a supermoon. A supermoon will occur again on Thursday night. (Morry Gash, Associated Press) Estimated read time: 4-5 minutes ATLANTA — Tonight’s sturgeon supermoon could have you …

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T rex’s keyhole eye sockets helped its bite, research suggests

With a huge body, sharp claws, and dagger-like teeth, Tyrannosaurus rex would not have relied on looks to kill. But research suggests its eyes may have contributed to its bone-crushing bite. A study has proposed the keyhole-shaped eye sockets of T rex may have helped to disperse stress across the skull of the fearsome predator …

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Climate change’s impact intensifies as U.S. prepares to take action

Climate change’s impact intensifies as U.S. prepares to take action

Placeholder while article actions load For residents of the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, the United States’ recent success in clinching a major piece of climate change legislation may feel like too little, too late. Over the past 40 years, as the world’s largest historical emitter of greenhouses gases repeatedly failed to take significant action on …

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A story about a weird "magic switch" at MIT | Boing Boing

A story about a weird “magic switch” at MIT | Boing Boing

The Jargon File is “a comprehensive compendium of hacker slang illuminating many aspects of hackish tradition, folklore, and humor.” The first version was compiled in 1975 by a computer scientist at Stanford named Raphael Finke. It’s been maintained by various people and hosted on various computers over the years but in recent decades the canonical …

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A story about a weird "magic switch" at MIT | Boing Boing

A story about a weird “magic switch” at MIT | Boing Boing

The Jargon File is “a comprehensive compendium of hacker slang illuminating many aspects of hackish tradition, folklore, and humor.” The first version was compiled in 1975 by a computer scientist at Stanford named Raphael Finke. It’s been maintained by various people and hosted on various computers over the years but in recent decades the canonical …

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The Arctic is heating up nearly four times faster than the whole planet, study finds

The Arctic is heating up nearly four times faster than the whole planet, study finds

Temperatures in Longyearbyen, Norway above the Arctic Circle hit a new record above 70 degrees Fahrenheit in July 2020. The Arctic has warmed nearly four times faster than the planet as a whole since 1979, a new study finds. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Sean Gallup/Getty Images Temperatures in Longyearbyen, Norway above the …

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Summer's last supermoon and meteor shower take the celestial stage tonight

Summer’s last supermoon and meteor shower take the celestial stage tonight

Named by the Native American Algonquin tribe after sturgeon fish that were more easily caught in the Great Lakes and other bodies of water during this time of year, the sturgeon moon ends 2022’s series of four supermoons, which began in May, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac. After sunset, look toward the southeast to …

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Hubble Sees Red Supergiant Star Betelgeuse Slowly Recovering After Blowing Its Top

Hubble Sees Red Supergiant Star Betelgeuse Slowly Recovering After Blowing Its Top

Research Box Title Analyzing data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and several other observatories, astronomers have concluded that the bright red supergiant star Betelgeuse quite literally blew its top in 2019, losing a substantial part of its visible surface and producing a gigantic Surface Mass Ejection (SME). This is something never before seen in a …

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