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Astronomer responsible for demoting Pluto narrows search for hypothetical ‘Planet Nine’

Astronomer responsible for demoting Pluto narrows search for hypothetical 'Planet Nine'

In the continued search for the hypothetical ninth planet in our Solar System, Michael Brown, the CalTech astronomer who led the demotion of Pluto to a dwarf planet in 2006, has co-written a new study that claims to have narrowed the region the potential new planet could be located.  The study, in conjunction with astrophysicist Konstantin Batygin, proposes “Planet Nine”…

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NASA astronaut takes stunning shot of Hurricane Larry from space station

NASA astronaut takes stunning shot of Hurricane Larry from space station

NASA astronaut Megan McArthur on Tuesday shared a stunning image of Hurricane Larry that was taken aboard the International Space Station. “Hurricane Larry update from this morning. From our viewpoint on @Space_Station, it looks much larger than Ida,” McArthur, the NASA SpaceX Crew-2 pilot, noted.  HURRICANE LARRY COULD IMPACT NEW JERSEY, EAST COAST SHORES The image shows the hurricane,…

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Satellite images show Ida’s devastation in New Jersey

Satellite images show Ida's devastation in New Jersey

Satellite imagery has captured the devastating impact of Post-Tropical Cyclone Ida on New Jersey last week.  The Maxar Technologies photos captured on Thursday show the murky reddish-brown floodwaters that overtook Manville, New Brunswick and Bridgewater Township.  NEW JERSEY EXPLOSIONS, FIRES ROCK COMMUNITIES ALREADY SHAKEN BY IDA FLOODING: REPORTS In one image, the stadium for the Somerset Patriots Double-A baseball…

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NASA’s Perseverance rover team drills first Martian rock sample

NASA's Perseverance rover team drills first Martian rock sample

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover team announced on Thursday that it has successfully cored its first Mars rock.  A September 1 image of the long, oddly-shaped and dusty Mars rock provided in a release from the agency showed the circular drill hole. NASA said that initial images downlinked after the events showed an intact sample present in the sample tube…

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South Carolina alligator attack on woman ends after neighbor whacks creature with shovel

South Carolina alligator attack on woman ends after neighbor whacks creature with shovel

A South Carolina woman was rescued by a neighbor Thursday morning during a violent alligator attack in the state, authorities said.  The woman was walking her dog around a Hilton Head Plantation lagoon after 8 a.m. when she was bit by an eight-foot-long alligator, according to a news release from the Town of Hilton Head Island Municipal Government. Fire…

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Caldor Fire, other California blazes shown in satellite imagery

Caldor Fire, other California blazes shown in satellite imagery

Imagery from NOAA Satellites shows the way smoke is spreading from California wildfires.  The agency shared the images, in GIF format, on Twitter Tuesday. CALIFORNIA FIREFIGHTERS USE SNOW MACHINES TO FIGHT CALDOR FIRE AT TAHOE RESORT The first post showed the now-204,390-acre Caldor Fire near Lake Tahoe on Monday.  “The raging #CaldorFire continues to threaten communities near #LakeTahoe, seen…

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NYC lightpole outside Fox News headquarters swarmed by bees

NYC lightpole outside Fox News headquarters swarmed by bees

Midtown Manhattan was buzzing Tuesday when a large colony of bees gathered around a light pole, prompting onlookers to stop in amazement, at a distance of course.  The bees were seen gathering around the pole on 46th Street and the Avenue of the Americas, also known as 6th Avenue.  Onlookers gather Tuesday to watch a large colony of bees…

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Northeast residents told to destroy invasive insect

Northeast residents told to destroy invasive insect

There’s a new bug invading the eastern U.S.  The spotted lanternfly has been seen in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Indiana.  Rhode Island discovered the state’s first specimen at the beginning of the month, state environmental officials said. INVISIBLE FLESH-EATING MITES TERRORIZE DC RESIDENTS The winged pest, also known as Lycorma delicatula, is native to China.  It was…

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Deadly ‘kissing bug’ that kills thousands needs to be taken seriously now

Deadly ‘kissing bug’ that kills thousands needs to be taken seriously now

It’s the kiss of death for Latin American communities in the U.S. While health experts often warn of mosquitoes and other disease-carrying bugs, the deadly kissing bug — a k a the triatomine bug, which kills 10,000 people per year globally — continues to be overlooked in the U.S., as it disproportionately affects poor Hispanic communities. That alarming disparity…

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