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Catch a lunar eclipse during the full beaver moon

Catch a lunar eclipse during the full beaver moon

Take a break from online holiday shopping to enjoy the full moon and a penumbral lunar eclipse. Both events will be visible early Monday morning. Lunar eclipses can only occur during a full moon, but a penumbral lunar eclipse is different from a total lunar eclipse. A penumbral eclipse occurs when the moon moves into…

This archbishop has become the first African American cardinal in Catholic history

This archbishop has become the first African American cardinal in Catholic history

For the past week, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Washington, DC, was holed up in a Vatican guesthouse, receiving meals at his door. On Saturday, Gregory stepped out of his quarters and into history, becoming the Catholic Church’s first African American cardinal during an installation ceremony in Rome. Gregory was one of 13 men — and…

Neanderthals may have used their hands differently from humans

Neanderthals may have used their hands differently from humans

If you were to greet a Neanderthal with a handshake, it might feel a little awkward. The digits of the Stone Age people, who went extinct about 40,000 years ago, were much chunkier than ours. What’s more, a Neanderthal’s thumb would have stuck out from his hand at a much wider angle. “If you were…

Covid pandemic disproportionately hurting women, UN warns

Covid pandemic disproportionately hurting women, UN warns

The Covid-19 pandemic has set gender equality back years, with women around the world taking on the “lion’s share” of extra domestic chores, the United Nations reported on Thursday. It comes one day after the international body warned that the pandemic is driving further violence against refugee, displaced and stateless women and girls. Thursday’s “Whose…

This is how astronauts celebrate Thanksgiving and other holidays in space

This is how astronauts celebrate Thanksgiving and other holidays in space

The holidays may look a little different this year due to the pandemic, but they will still happen — even in space. The International Space Station will host seven crew members throughout the holiday season, the most ever for the orbiting laboratory in its 20 years of having humans living aboard. The international crew includes…

David Attenborough has left Instagram, just weeks after joining

David Attenborough has left Instagram, just weeks after joining

David Attenborough has signed off from Instagram, after gaining 6.2 million followers during a short stint on the platform. The 94-year-old naturalist and TV host joined Instagram on September 24 and made his last post on October 31. His bio now reads: “Account no longer active.” Attenborough’s last post on the platform said he was…

What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, November 25

What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, November 25

Thanksgiving is “potentially the mother of all super spreader events.” That’s the verdict from CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner, as millions of Americans travel to be with loved ones this week, risking an explosion of Covid-19 infections in the coming days. The US has been here before. Reiner pointed to the fallout from the…

T. rex had a teenage growth spurt — but not all dinos did

T. rex had a teenage growth spurt — but not all dinos did

Researchers have long known that the meat-eating Tyrannosaurus rex had a teenage growth spurt, gaining around 35 to 45 pounds per week, to reach its colossal size. But up until now, it hasn’t been clear whether all dinosaurs shared this growth pattern. Was a T. rex-style period of extreme growth the only way dinos became…

Heat-trapping gas levels reach a new record high, despite the coronavirus lockdown

Heat-trapping gas levels reach a new record high, despite the coronavirus lockdown

No, the coronavirus lockdown did not solve climate change. Not even a little bit. In fact, the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere surged to a new record high this year, even as the pandemic brought the world to a standstill, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said Monday. While carbon emissions fell during the…

Ethiopian PM issues 72-hour deadline for Tigrayan forces to surrender

Ethiopian PM issues 72-hour deadline for Tigrayan forces to surrender

After weeks of deadly conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has given Tigrayan forces a 72-hour deadline to surrender. In a statement posted on Twitter Sunday, Abiy said that government forces were now “in the third and final phase” of their military operation in the area. “We urge you to…

NASA launch Saturday: This satellite will track Earth’s sea level rise

NASA launch Saturday: This satellite will track Earth’s sea level rise

More than 830 miles above Earth’s surface, a next-generation satellite will keep an eye on global sea levels. The Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich satellite launched Saturday. The joint venture between NASA and the European Space Agency launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on November 21 at 12:17 p.m. ET. A livestream of the launch…