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The turtle had its Frisbee-shape body, although its ribs didn't extend to develop a shell, familiar on turtles today. Discovered unique fossils of a turtle with no shell was in the rocks of Guizhou province, in southwest China . "This impressively large fossil is a very exciting discovery giving us another piece in the puzzle of turtle evolution", said co-author Nick Fraser, who works with National Museums Scotland.
  • A new type of aurora is not an aurora at all

    A new type of aurora is not an aurora at all

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    In 2016, odd ribbons of purple and white light were brought to the attention of scientists , who classed it as a new type of aurora. However, new research published yesterday in the Geophysical Research Letters suggests that STEVE is not an aurora at all, but rather something new and mysterious.
  • Meteorologists: All of Hawaii must keep close eye on approaching Hurricane Lane

    Meteorologists: All of Hawaii must keep close eye on approaching Hurricane Lane

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    Landfalling hurricanes are very rare in Hawaii, as the Central Pacific does not normally see as many storms as the Atlantic or Eastern Pacific, and the Hawaiian Islands present a very small target in the vast Pacific Ocean. Strong winds: Tropical storm conditions are expected on the Big Island beginning late Wednesday night into early Thursday, with hurricane conditions expected in the warning area Thursday.
  • Hawaii residents brace themselves as hurricane strengthens

    Hawaii residents brace themselves as hurricane strengthens

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    Damaging tropical storm force winds could begin as early as Wednesday night in Maui County, with unsafe hurricane force winds possible starting Thursday, the weather service said. More hurricane watches were expected to be issued for other Hawaiian islands , said the Honolulu-based hurricane center. Only two hurricanes have made landfall in Hawaii since modern record keeping began; Hurricane Dot in 1959, and 1992's Hurricane Iniki, a category four storm that made landfall west of Kauai.
  • Ex Trump campaign chief found guilty

    Ex Trump campaign chief found guilty

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    The trial of Manafort, a veteran Republican operative, is the first stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 USA election. Those accounts were used to make some remarkable purchases, prosecutors said. Prosecutors Mr. Manafort's income dried up in 2014, when the Ukrainian political party he worked for was removed from power.
  • Hurricane Lane: Holiday hotspot braced for LIFE THREATENING conditions

    Hurricane Lane: Holiday hotspot braced for LIFE THREATENING conditions

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    A watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated first occurrence of tropical-storm-force winds, conditions that make outside preparations hard or unsafe. Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by hurricanes. Tornadoes and large waterspouts will be possible due to Lane, mainly along and to the right of the track of the hurricane, the weather service said.
  • Trump seeks to roll back Obama-era coal emissions standards

    Trump seeks to roll back Obama-era coal emissions standards

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    California Sen. Dianne Feinstein bashed it as "the latest in a string of awful decisions that undermine our fight against global warming, lower our quality of life and endanger lives" in a statement . "The announcement of a replacement rule may largely represent a political milestone for a president who promised to end his predecessor's 'war on coal, ' but we also view it as a significant policy action that could to make it hard for a differently oriented successor to establish greenhouse ...
  • Australia's Turnbull survives leadership vote; Dutton leaves

    Australia's Turnbull survives leadership vote; Dutton leaves

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    By Tuesday evening, five ministers who voted for Dutton had submitted their resignations, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp. I believed I had the best prospects to leading Liberal Party to success at next election. Turnbull's biggest challenge will come from outside the Cabinet room, as backbenchers decide where to put their bets in the countdown to the poll, which some suggest could be called as early as March.
  • 99-million-year-old beetle discovered trapped in amber

    99-million-year-old beetle discovered trapped in amber

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    It would have been crawling over plants for nourishment when it was frozen in time during the Cretaceous period. When a beetle flies to the cones of a male plant, perhaps seeking pollen to eat or for a place to lay its eggs, it brushes against the pollen.
  • Tropical Storm Ernesto is coming, get ready for some really heavy rain

    Tropical Storm Ernesto is coming, get ready for some really heavy rain

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    Storm Ernesto hit Newfoundland, Canada late on Wednesday according to US National Hurricane Centre, and is now making its way across the Atlantic. The hot temperatures are here to stay, but forecasters have warned people to be prepared for heavy rain and thunder as Storm Ernesto hits this weekend.
  • Tropical Storm Lane strengthens overnight

    Tropical Storm Lane strengthens overnight

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    Bands of rain will sweep across the country as the remnants of ex-tropical storm Ernesto batter parts of Britain . It's also set to be breezy, with fresh and gusty south to southwest winds, which will be strong in some coastal areas. Bonnie Diamond, forecaster for the Met Office, said: "Towards next weekend it is likely to become generally drier, brighter and more settled, especially for southern parts of the United Kingdom where it could become warm or very warm again".
  • Subtropical storm Ernesto becomes better organized over the Atlantic

    Subtropical storm Ernesto becomes better organized over the Atlantic

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    Ernesto is the fifth named storm of the 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season . So why is it considered subtropical and why are these types of storms given names? However, some slightly drier air is also moving in and reducing the number of storms that will form, so the rain chance will be slightly below the average.
  • ‘Devastating’ dolphin loss in Florida red tide disaster

    ‘Devastating’ dolphin loss in Florida red tide disaster

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    The executive order issued by Scott will make additional biologists and scientists available to assist with clean-up and animal rescue efforts. Part of the reason why the red tide is so prominent this season is because there are some leftover blooms from a year ago, Bob Weisberg, a professor of physical oceanography at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science, told ABC News.
  • NASA Launches Probe to Go Deep into Sun's Scorching Atmosphere

    NASA Launches Probe to Go Deep into Sun's Scorching Atmosphere

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    Well not quite to it but near it - the probe will be venturing to within a mere 3.8 million miles from the surface of the sun. For the second straight day, thousands of spectators jammed the launch site in the middle of the night as well as surrounding towns, including Parker and his family.
  • Australians discover evidence of 25-million-year-old mega shark

    Australians discover evidence of 25-million-year-old mega shark

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    In 2015 Philip Mullaly was strolling along a beach in Victoria, Australia , when he spotted what looked like a shining serrated blade stuck in a boulder. He contacted the senior curator of vertebrae paleontology at Museums Victoria, Erich Fitzgerald, and offered to donate the teeth, the first of its kind to be discovered in Australia.
  • Launch of NASA's Parker Solar Probe a success — LIFT OFF

    Launch of NASA's Parker Solar Probe a success — LIFT OFF

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    These solar outbursts are poorly understood, but pack the potential to wipe out power to millions of people. Passing within 3.8 million miles of the sun's visible surface - well within the shimmering halo of the outer atmosphere, or corona - the spacecraft's heat shield will endure 2,500-degree heating while whipping past the star at a record 430,000 mph, fast enough to fly from NY to Tokyo in less than a minute.
  • Last-minute technical problem delays NASA's flight to sun

    Last-minute technical problem delays NASA's flight to sun

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    The agency is now targeting Sunday for the launch of the spacecraft which is created to go all the way to the Sun's atmosphere, or corona - closer to the Sun than any spacecraft in history. The tools on board will measure the expanding corona and continually flowing atmosphere known as the solar wind, which solar physicist Eugene Parker first described in 1958.
  • Veterinarians ready for efforts to save ailing orca whale

    Veterinarians ready for efforts to save ailing orca whale

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    Even with intervention, there is no guarantee that J50 will survive, but scientists still plan to try - if they can find her in time. If she takes the fish and keeps it down, biologists may also try to medicate fish before feeding her. Rowles said injections of antibiotics or sedatives have been given to other free-swimming whales or dolphins that were injured or entangled but it hasn't been done for free-swimming whales in this area.
  • Hurricane Hector threatens Hawaii, John targets Mexico

    Hurricane Hector threatens Hawaii, John targets Mexico

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    Off the coast of Mexico, meanwhile, Hurricane John lumbered toward the Baja California peninsula as a Category Two storm. Hector is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. "However, very rough surf is expected to impact mostly south- and east-facing coastal areas of the Big Island". "The strongest winds are expected downslope from mountains, across elevated terrain, over headlands and through gaps".
  • Last solar eclipse of 2018 to occur today

    Last solar eclipse of 2018 to occur today

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    This weekend's solar eclipse will be a partial eclipse of the sun, not the spectacular total solar eclipse that thrilled millions past year. The Surya Grahan will not be visible all over India as it is not big enough to cover all the places.
  • Perseid Meteor Shower: How to see it this weekend

    Perseid Meteor Shower: How to see it this weekend

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    It's an opportunity to see in excess of 60 meteors an hour! Speaking to Space.com, Bill Cooke, a meteor expert at NASA , said: "The moon is very favourable for the Perseids this year, and that'll make the Perseids probably the best shower of 2018 for people who want to go out and view it".
  • Watch NASA’s historic Sun probe mission launch: here’s how

    Watch NASA’s historic Sun probe mission launch: here’s how

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    Not only is the corona about 300 times hotter than the Sun's surface, it also hurls powerful plasma and energetic particles that can unleash geomagnetic space storms, wreaking havoc on Earth by disrupting the power grid. The probe, which was designed and built by the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University, is also carrying more than 1.1 million names to the Sun.
  • Perseids Meteor Shower Will Be One Of Year’s Best Sky Shows

    Perseids Meteor Shower Will Be One Of Year’s Best Sky Shows

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    Be sure to check your local weather forecast . The Perseids are known both for their epic "fireballs" - explosions of light and color that last longer than those from typical meteors - and for their long, streaking tails. While this weekend is the peak, Twarog predicts the showers will last through August 24. Why does a meteor shower occur? The shooting stars will appear to come from a single point, or "radiant", situated in the constellation Perseus, that climbs higher as the ...
  • Perseid meteor shower promises spectacular show

    Perseid meteor shower promises spectacular show

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    A New Moon occurs on August 11 which will make the night skies ideal for meteor shower watching before and after the peak night. The Perseid meteor shower is an August treat every year because the Earth passes through a trail left by the 16-miles-wide comet of dust, ice, rock and organic material called the Comet Swift-Tuttle, Space.Com explains .
  • Drought afflicts entire New South Wales in Australia

    Drought afflicts entire New South Wales in Australia

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    There have been reports of farmers shooting cattle and hand-feeding animals because the ground is too dry for grass to grow. According to Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair, the latest drought update confirms what many farmers across the state have seen, with only 0-10mm of rain recorded over the past month in the Western, North West and Central areas of NSW.
  • Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok, buildings collapse

    Another strong quake hits Indonesia's Lombok, buildings collapse

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    In December 2004, a magnitude-9.1 quake off Sumatra island triggered a tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries. On Tuesday, the government estimated up to 20,000 people were still in need of assistance in northern Lombok, with around 80% of buildings destroyed.
  • How to catch the Perseid meteor shower starting Wednesday night

    How to catch the Perseid meteor shower starting Wednesday night

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    While a falling meteorite can be seen any night of the year, it's this weekend when the sky puts on a show as the Earth passes through the stream of the comet. Bill Cooke - NASA meteor expertHow many meteors will we see? The best time to view is after midnight each night. The moon will be in its crescent, "new moon", shape, and will set before the shower stars.
  • Perseid meteor shower to take place this weekend

    Perseid meteor shower to take place this weekend

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    During peak, observers can expect to see 60-70 meteors per hour. Every year, as Earth passes through the Swift-Tuttle's tail of debris, the Perseid meteor shower occurs. "So, you're going to see a streak, and hopefully a colored streak but, they aren't always very colorful", says Vicki Funke, manager of Weiskopf Observatory.
  • Meteor shower of the year coming up

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    In addition, according to The Weather Network , the event is one of only three yearly meteor showers where up to 100 meteors per hour can be seen. But, keep your head up and eye to the sky, you might catch a glimpse of a few shooting stars in the days leading up to or days following the peak.
  • Tropical storm warning posted for Big Island

    Tropical storm warning posted for Big Island

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    The Category 4 storm is moving westward at 16 miles per hour. Meanwhile, the Pacific remains active with three-named storms. Hector's center will track about 150 miles south of the Big Island today, then continuing westward, remaining well south of the rest of the Hawaiian Islands through Thursday.
  • Hurricane Hector returns to Category 4 as it nears Hawaii

    Hurricane Hector returns to Category 4 as it nears Hawaii

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    Hawaii faces a new threat in the form of Hurricane Hector , a Category 3 storm that is churning its way towards the Big Island. With maximum wind reaching speeds of 125 mph, the hurricane is still a long way from the islands, approximately 1,360 miles out as of Sunday.
  • Scientists discover mysterious massive glowing planet

    Scientists discover mysterious massive glowing planet

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    A massive "rogue" planet with an unexplained "glow" has been seen drifting alone through space, scientists claim. A light year is equal to about 6 trillion miles. The rogue planet is also 12 times bigger than Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, with a magnetic field that is 200 times stronger. However, brown dwarfs are typically solitary and don't have a nearby star - therefore they don't have any solar wind to interact with.
  • NASA names astronauts for Boeing, SpaceX flights

    NASA names astronauts for Boeing, SpaceX flights

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    Since the retirement of the space shuttle in 2011, the US has been relying on Russian Soyuz rockets , launched from Kazakhstan, to get astronauts to the ISS. Boe was selected by NASA to be an astronaut in 2000. She has logged 322 days in space. NASA has unveiled the first astronaut crews to fly on private spaceships built by SpaceX and Boeing .
  • Manatee found paralyzed from red tide

    Manatee found paralyzed from red tide

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    Officials say almost 400 sea turtles have died because of the toxic bloom . Respiratory irritation and murky clumps of red drift algae have been reported from Collier to Sarasota counties on Florida's west coast, which is usually known for its stunning beaches.
  • National Park Rangers arrest man caught on camera harassing bison

    National Park Rangers arrest man caught on camera harassing bison

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    Reinke, who has been visiting several national parks, had already been arrested July 28 in Grand Teton National Park on suspicion of drunk and disorderly conduct , according to a news release from the Park Service. Once again, his own behavior provided the needed assistance, as shortly thereafter law enforcement officers were called to the dining room at Many Glacier Hotel , where two guests were involved in a loud argument and disturbance.
  • NASA announces astronauts for first Commercial Crew missions

    NASA announces astronauts for first Commercial Crew missions

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    Col. Nicole Mann of the Marine Corps. Assignments for the crew flight tests and the first post-certification missions will be revealed during an event that kicks off at 11 a.m. On the website you can also find photos taken by astronauts during the mission. "We're not going to let you down". "I'm sure there's at least one Russian-language instructor out there who thinks that having me fly in a USA vehicle is not a awful idea", quipped Cassada.
  • Hector hits Category 3

    Hector hits Category 3

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    Hurricane Hector strengthened to a Category 3 hurricane Friday with maximum sustained winds of 120 miles per hour. "Slow weakening is forecast during the next few days". Hurricane Hector updated satellite imagery as of 5 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018. The Category 3 hurricane was centered about 1,360 miles (2,190 kilometers) east of South Point, Hawaii, early Sunday and was moving west at 12 mph (19 kph).