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Geminid meteor shower: How and when to watch

Geminid meteor shower: How and when to watch

The Geminid meteor shower peaks this week, so hope for clear skies that will let you see a beautiful show of green fireballs on Thursday and Friday. This will be the last — and strongest — meteor shower of the year, according to NASA. This phenomenon was first recorded in 1862 and causes a show…

Pope removes 3 cardinals from his inner circle

Pope removes 3 cardinals from his inner circle

Pope Francis has removed three cardinals from his small council of advisers for reasons of advanced age, the Vatican said Wednesday, though two also have been the subject of allegations relating to sexual abuse or covering it up. Cardinal George Pell, 77, of Australia; Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz, 85, of Chile; and Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo…

Unparalleled warmth is changing the Arctic and affecting weather in US, Europe

Unparalleled warmth is changing the Arctic and affecting weather in US, Europe

The Arctic is experiencing a multi-year stretch of unparalleled warmth “that is unlike any period on record,” according to the 2018 Arctic Report Card, a peer-reviewed report released Tuesday morning from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency within the United States Department of Commerce. The report states that human-caused climate change is transforming…

US undermining ‘last chance’ climate talks, experts charge

US undermining ‘last chance’ climate talks, experts charge

The American delegation came to promote coal. And the kids laughed in their faces. That was the bizarre and symbolic scene that unfolded Monday at the UN COP24 climate talks at a spaceship-shaped conference center in Polish coal country. The nations of the world are meeting here to hash out a “rulebook” to help ensure…

In 200 years, humans reversed a climate trend lasting 50 million years, study says

In 200 years, humans reversed a climate trend lasting 50 million years, study says

What do scientists see when comparing our future climate with the past? In less than 200 years, humans have reversed a multimillion-year cooling trend, new research suggests. If global warming continues unchecked, Earth in 2030 could resemble its former self from 3 million years ago, according to a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings…

Jailing journalists has become a ‘new normal,’ says advocacy group

Jailing journalists has become a ‘new normal,’ says advocacy group

In China, award-winning photojournalist Lu Guang was reportedly taken away by authorities in a region where an estimated 1 million Muslim Uyghurs are being held in state-controlled “re-education camps.” In Turkey, Austrian journalist Max Zirngast was arrested, joining dozens of reporters currently imprisoned in the country. In Myanmar, two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw…

Aid for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen

Aid for the humanitarian crisis in Yemen

The civil war in Yemen has brought untold misery and desperation to civilians trapped by the fighting. You can help the charities and non-profits providing humanitarian aid through the Public Good campaign at https://bit.ly/2AYbjBm . The United Nations describes the situation in Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and reports more than 22 million…

Melting of Greenland’s ice is ‘off the charts,’ study shows

Melting of Greenland’s ice is ‘off the charts,’ study shows

Greenland’s massive ice sheets contain enough water to raise global sea levels by 23 feet, and a new study shows that they are melting at a rate “unprecedented” over centuries — and likely thousands of years. The study, published Thursday in the scientific journal Nature, found that Greenland’s ice loss accelerated rapidly in the past…

This exoplanet is inflated like a balloon

This exoplanet is inflated like a balloon

A newly discovered exoplanet 124 light-years away is just full of hot air, according to a new study. HAT-P-11b, about the size of Neptune and four times larger than Earth, was found in the Cygnus constellation. The planet is considered a “warm Neptune,” with an average temperature of 1,022 degrees Fahrenheit. For reference, Neptune is…

LEGO and ‘Sesame Street’ team up on a $100 million program to teach refugee kids

LEGO and ‘Sesame Street’ team up on a $100 million program to teach refugee kids

It’s no secret that creativity plays an essential role in a child’s education. And what better way to teach Rohingya and Syrian refugee children than to bring them Muppets? The LEGO Foundation announced Wednesday it is awarding a $100 million grant to Sesame Workshop for a mass-media program to help educate millions of refugee children.…

Microplastics found in gut of every sea turtle in new study

Microplastics found in gut of every sea turtle in new study

Plastic was found in the gut of every single sea turtle examined in a new study, casting fresh light on the scale of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. The research, published in the journal Global Change Biology, examined more than 100 sea turtles of all seven species, across the Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean. Researchers…

The top space stories of 2018: Mars, new moons and a mystery asteroid

The top space stories of 2018: Mars, new moons and a mystery asteroid

This year was full of discovery throughout the cosmos. We were dazzled by beautiful images from space telescopes; marveled at the discovery of planets, stars and objects; were intrigued by a lunar mystery solved by missing Apollo mission data; and saw the first confirmed image of the birth of a planet. Things were just waiting…

Five young people creating a better world

Five young people creating a better world

It’s easy to ignore the homeless encampment near your neighborhood, the pollution clogging the local beach or the faraway children who don’t have resources to play a sport they love. Solving those problems might seem insurmountable, but not to one group of teens and tweens who saw an issue and tackled it with passion and…

Ancient tools found in North Africa could ‘rewrite human origin story’

Ancient tools found in North Africa could ‘rewrite human origin story’

The story of humankind may need some editing. A collection of 2.4-million-year-old stone tools has been found in Algeria, throwing into question the long-held theory that humanity emerged in East Africa. The discovery of the 250 tools, found alongside 296 animal bones, suggests early humans were butchering meat in North Africa about 600,000 years before…