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A WWI letter was found in a box of old papers after almost 102 years

A WWI letter was found in a box of old papers after almost 102 years

A Canadian antique dealer stumbled on an unlikely treasure in a bunch of old papers she bought for a dollar — a letter written by a World War I soldier almost 102 years ago. Amanda Kehler, the co-owner of Prairie Pickers Cafe and antique shop in Steinbach, Manitoba, bought the papers while looking for new…

El Niño is weak, but it’s here now — and can still cause problems, forecasters say

El Niño is weak, but it’s here now — and can still cause problems, forecasters say

El Niño can have major implications for weather patterns across the globe. On Thursday morning, NOAA announced that El Niño is here and issued an El Niño Advisory. “El Niño conditions across the equatorial Pacific have come together, and we can now announce its arrival,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, and…

Giant dinosaur footprints found and saved from floods in Queensland

Giant dinosaur footprints found and saved from floods in Queensland

A trail of dinosaur footprints has been discovered in Queensland, just in time for them to be relocated and saved from the floods that have been tearing through the Australian state. The well-preserved tracks date back around 95 million years and were made by three different types of dinosaur, according to the team of paleontologists…

NASA’s newest mission will study the origins of the universe

NASA’s newest mission will study the origins of the universe

NASA has announced a two-year space mission to study the beginnings and evolution of the universe and determine how common the ingredients for life are within the planetary systems in our galaxy, the Milky Way. The Spectro-Photometer for the History of the Universe, Epoch of Reionization and Ices Explorer, nicknamed SPHEREx, is expected to launch…

Is the mission over for the Mars Opportunity rover?

Is the mission over for the Mars Opportunity rover?

It may be time to finally say goodbye to the Opportunity rover. NASA will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. ET today to discuss the results of recovery efforts since a dust storm encircled Mars last year. Opportunity hasn’t communicated with engineers since June 10. Dust has blocked out the sunlight, and even the…

China and India are making the planet greener, NASA says

China and India are making the planet greener, NASA says

The Earth is facing a climate crisis, but it’s also getting greener and leafier. According to new research, the rise is largely courtesy of China and India. A study by NASA, based on extensive satellite imagery and published in the journal Nature Sustainability, has revealed that the two countries with the world’s biggest populations are…

Newly discovered titanosaur fossil had a heart-shaped tail

Newly discovered titanosaur fossil had a heart-shaped tail

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, researchers have announced the discovery of a recently unknown dinosaur fossil hiding a heart-shaped surprise in its tail. The study detailing the fossil was published in the journal PLOS ONE on Wednesday. The new species has been named Mnyamawamtuka moyowamkia. In Swahili, this means “animal of the Mtuka with…

Ancient mucus trail led to oldest evidence of mobility on Earth

Ancient mucus trail led to oldest evidence of mobility on Earth

A fossilized mucus trail led to the discovery of the oldest evidence for mobility on Earth, dating to 2.1 billion years ago, according to a study published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Previously, the oldest known traces of movement were dated to 570 million years ago, so this discovery…

Migrant rescue ship renamed in honor of Syrian boy Alan Kurdi

Migrant rescue ship renamed in honor of Syrian boy Alan Kurdi

It’s been more than three years since the body of 3-year-old Syrian boy Alan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish shore, his lifeless body face down in the sand. The disturbing image of his death showed to the world the dangers that Syrian refugees faced as they fled their country amid a devastating civil war.…

‘X-ray gun’ used to study 800-year-old shipwreck and its treasures

‘X-ray gun’ used to study 800-year-old shipwreck and its treasures

Researchers have been investigating the incredible cargo from an 800-year-old shipwreck for years, trying to uncover its secrets. Now, with the help of what researchers called an X-ray gun, they know more about where the beautiful ceramics found on board were made and about the ship’s route. Fishermen found the wreck in the 1980s in…

‘Rare species’ of asteroid spotted in our solar system

‘Rare species’ of asteroid spotted in our solar system

An odd kind of asteroid has been hiding out in our solar system, close to Venus, and it took a new state-of-the-art surveying camera to detect it. The Zwicky Transient Facility, known as ZTF, was installed on the Samuel Oschin Telescope at the California Institute of Technology’s Palomar Observatory in March. Since then, it has…

MarCO satellites go dark after helping with Mars landing

MarCO satellites go dark after helping with Mars landing

When NASA’s InSight lander was on its seven-month trip to Mars, it wasn’t alone. Two suitcase-size spacecraft, called MarCO, followed InSight on its journey. They were the first cube satellites to fly into deep space. And now, they’ve fallen silent. During InSight’s entry, descent and landing on November 26, the MarCO satellites received and transmitted…

Amid uproar, Vatican clarifies Pope’s comments on ‘sexual slavery’ of nuns

Amid uproar, Vatican clarifies Pope’s comments on ‘sexual slavery’ of nuns

A day after Pope Francis created an international uproar by saying Catholics nuns had been subjected to “sexual slavery” by the founder of a French order, the Vatican sought to clarify his remarks. “When the Holy Father, referring to the dissolution of a Congregation, spoke of ‘sexual slavery,’ he meant ‘manipulation,’ a form of abuse…

Solving the ‘climate mystery’ of the Vikings

Solving the ‘climate mystery’ of the Vikings

Evidence of Viking settlements in Greenland conjures images of the intrepid Norse that settled there amid freezing temperatures centuries ago, between 985 and 1450. But as evidence grows to the contrary, it seems like Vikings may have been a little more comfortable, temperature-wise, than we thought. Today, Vikings are depicted in shows and movies wrapped…

Earth just experienced one of the warmest years on record

Earth just experienced one of the warmest years on record

Last year was the fourth-hottest year ever recorded, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and NASA, which means that the past five years have been the five warmest years in the modern record. NOAA and NASA discussed 2018’s global temperature and climate in a joint news conference Wednesday; both agencies maintain independent data…

The Pope, for the first time, calls the sexual abuse of nuns ‘a problem’

The Pope, for the first time, calls the sexual abuse of nuns ‘a problem’

For the first time, Pope Francis has acknowledged the sexual abuse of nuns by priests and bishops as a “problem” in the Catholic Church, saying that “we’ve been working on this for some time.” The Pope’s comments, which came during a press conference aboard the papal plane on a return flight to Rome from the…

The Milky Way is being warped and twisted, study says

The Milky Way is being warped and twisted, study says

Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, makes for a pretty space picture, and it looks normal at a distance. But a new 3D map reveals a surprise: The Milky Way is being warped and twisted by its stars. The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy, in which stars and gas clouds exist mainly in its…