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Fireball drops from New Jersey sky, days after eclipse and earthquake
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Fireball drops from New Jersey sky, days after eclipse and earthquake

A bright fireball was seen dropping from the night sky over New Jersey early Wednesday, capping an eventful week of natural phenomena in the area following Monday’s solar eclipse and last week’s earthquake. The fireball, which many say was a meteor or a falling star, was captured on video lighting up the dark sky in several New Jersey towns. The American Meteor Society, which allows contributors to report "fireballs" reported dozens of sightings at around 3:45 a.m. with sightings being logged across the Garden State as well as in parts of some parts of Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania. A bright fireball was seen dropping from the night sky over New Jersey early Wednesday, capping an eventful week of natural phenomena in the area following Monday’s solar eclipse and last week’s e...
FL scientists save baby coral from predators using boba straws
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FL scientists save baby coral from predators using boba straws

South Florida researchers trying to prevent predatory fish from devouring laboratory-grown coral are grasping at biodegradable straws in an effort to restore what some call the rainforest of the sea.Scientists around the world have been working for years to address the decline of coral reef populations. Just last summer, reef rescue groups in South Florida and the Florida Keys were trying to save coral from rising ocean temperatures. Besides working to keep existing coral alive, researchers have also been growing new coral in labs and then placing them in the ocean.But protecting the underwater ecosystem that maintains upwards of 25% of all marine species is not easy. Even more challenging is making sure that coral grown in a laboratory and placed into the ocean doesn't become expensiv...
Asteroid samples, potential habitable planets and more space findings by NASA from the past year
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Asteroid samples, potential habitable planets and more space findings by NASA from the past year

NASA is regularly announcing new discoveries and findings. Its research is consistent, and is conducted in space aboard the International Space Station and right here on Earth.Some of NASA’s biggest achievements to date include the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope that has made more than a million observations; the Curiosity and Perseverance rovers on Mars; and the Apollo missions that sent the first astronauts to the moon.The findings of NASA are abundant. Here are just a few of NASA’s big discoveries from the past year. Some of NASA's 2023 findings include discoveries on Mars. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)2023 SPACE STORIES: A REVIEW OF THE GIANT LEAPS MANKIND MADE IN THE PAST YEARBennu asteroid sample touches down on EarthNASA’s Perseverance rover captures dust devilA potential habit...
Cicada invasion: An ‘amazing’ American phenomenon and bonanza for anglers
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Cicada invasion: An ‘amazing’ American phenomenon and bonanza for anglers

Billions of cicadas are expected to start swarming in more than a dozen states in the coming weeks, and while the strange occurrence may be a nuisance for many, scientists say the activities of the noisy flying insects are a natural marvel beholden to northern America — and anglers say the bugs create ideal fishing conditions to net some hefty catches.    After years of living underground as nymphs feeding off the sap of tree roots, the 1- to 2-inch-long bugs will soon emerge from the soil, grow wings and start a frantic mating frenzy lasting several weeks before they will all eventually die near trees. While cicadas are not harmful to humans, they can damage young trees and their dead bodies can pile up and smell.There are around 190 species of cicadas all over the world, but only in ...
Peter Higgs, physicist behind Higgs boson particle prediction, dead at 94
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Peter Higgs, physicist behind Higgs boson particle prediction, dead at 94

Nobel prize-winning physicist Peter Higgs, who proposed the existence of the Higgs boson particle, has died at age 94, the University of Edinburgh said Tuesday.The university, where Higgs was emeritus professor, said he died Monday "peacefully at home following a short illness."R&B ICON CLARENCE 'FROGMAN' HENRY DEAD AT 87Higgs predicted the existence of a new particle — the so-called Higgs boson — in 1964. But it would be almost 50 years before the particle’s existence could be confirmed at the Large Hadron Collider. LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Professor Peter Higgs stands in front of a photograph of the Large Hadron Collider at the Science Museum's 'Collider' exhibition on November 12, 2013 in London, England. At the exhibition, which opens to the public on November 13, 2013 v...
Total solar eclipse: Here is when the next one will cross the US
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Total solar eclipse: Here is when the next one will cross the US

Whether you saw the moon completely block the sun, were foiled by cloudy weather or weren't along the path of Monday's total solar eclipse, there are still more chances to catch a glimpse.Here's what to know about upcoming solar spectacles:When is the next total solar eclipse?Total solar eclipses happen about every year or two or three, due to a precise alignment of the sun, moon and Earth. They can occur anywhere across the globe, usually in remote areas like the South Pacific.SOLAR ECLIPSE 2024: PHOTOS OF GOOD BOYS AND GIRLS IN THEIR PROTECTIVE EYEWEARSave the date: The next full solar eclipse, in 2026, will pass over the northern fringes of Greenland, Iceland and Spain.When will the next totality be visible from the U.S.?The next U.S. taste of totality comes in 2033 when an eclipse ...
Solar eclipse 2024: Take this quiz and see how much you know about the event
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Solar eclipse 2024: Take this quiz and see how much you know about the event

Indonesian women use protective glasses to watch solar eclipse in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, April 20, 2023. The lucky few in the path of the hybrid solar eclipse would either get plunged into the darkness of a total eclipse or see a "ring of fire" as the sun peeks out from behind the moon.  ((AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)) On Monday, millions of people around the U.S. will be able to see the moment that the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth.This celestial phenomenon is referred to as a solar eclipse, and another one isn't expected for another 20 years.Because of this, Americans everywhere are gathering together to view the Moon's shadow being cast onto the Earth.Take this solar eclipse quiz and see how much you know about the upcoming event.A solar eclipse is when the moon does...
Tropical forest loss decreased in 2023 but global threats remain, data shows
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Tropical forest loss decreased in 2023 but global threats remain, data shows

Tropical forests have shown improvement in primary forest loss, with a 9 percent decline compared to 2023.Brazil and Colombia saw reductions in forest loss, attributed to conservation policies and environmental initiatives.Canada experienced an unprecedented increase in tree cover loss due to massive wildfires.Tropical forest loss declined last year, but other indicators show that the world's woodlands remain under tremendous pressure, according to an analysis released on Thursday by the Global Forest Watch monitoring project.Destruction of forests helps drive global climate change. Because trees absorb climate-warming carbon dioxide and store it as carbon in their wood, that greenhouse gas is released when the wood rots or burns.This destruction also imperils biodiversity because of h...
Florida man says space object crashed into his house. Why NASA is taking him seriously
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Florida man says space object crashed into his house. Why NASA is taking him seriously

NASA is investigating an object that a Florida resident says came from space and plummeted into his home last month.Alejandro Otero said a piece of equipment from the International Space Station hit his Naples home and posted photos on X in response to an astronomer who was tracking where and when the equipment entered Earth's atmosphere. Otero was on vacation but said the object caused significant damage and nearly stuck his son, local outlet WINK News first reported."My son was home when the piece tore through the roof with a loud crash that could be heard on our security cameras as well," Otero told Fox News. "We cut our trip short to make it back home as quickly as possible, because we really didn’t know what happened at the time and it was quite a shock!""It was quite traumatic an...
CO man’s 50-year snowfall tracking in Rockies garners praise from scientists
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CO man’s 50-year snowfall tracking in Rockies garners praise from scientists

2024 marks Colorado resident Billy Barr’s 50th year logging snowfall amounts in the Rocky Mountains.Barr's data has continually helped scientists who work with the nearby mountainside lab.He said he hopes advancements in water forecasting tools will provide solutions for managing resources as the climate shifts.Four miles from the nearest plowed road high in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, a 73-year-old man with a billowing gray beard and two replaced hips trudged through his front yard to measure fresh snow that fell during one mid-March day.Billy Barr first began recording snow and weather data more than 50 years ago as a freshly minted Rutgers University environmental science graduate in Gothic, Colorado, near part of the Colorado River’s headwaters.Bored and looking to keep busy, he ha...