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Mercury a black speck as it makes rare transit of sun Monday

Daily Mail - ‎3 hours ago‎
Astronomers both amateur and professional alike are in for a treat on Monday as Mercury makes a rare transit of the sun. The solar system's smallest, innermost planet will resemble a black dot as it passes in front of our big, bright star on 9 May.
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Costs to remove toxic paint from Great Barrier Reef 'triples' to $141 million

Brisbane Times - ‎1 hour ago‎
The cost of cleaning toxic paint from coral on the Great Barrier Reef left when an off-course Chinese oil tanker gouged a three-kilometre scar in 2010 has almost tripled from $50 million to $141 million in 12 months.
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Is there a right way to talk about climate change?

Christian Science Monitor - ‎20 hours ago‎
In three different tests, the authors of a study found that 'emphasizing collective responsibility for the causes of climate change' - rather than focusing on personal guilt - increased monetary donations to environmental causes.
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Swift parrot: Tasmania's logging agenda under pressure as bird ruled 'critically endangered'

ABC Online - ‎7 hours ago‎
Pressure is mounting on the Tasmanian Government to stop logging native forests inhabited by swift parrots after the Federal Government reclassified the species as "critically endangered".
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Scientists uncover fossils that show why humans did not evolve in Asia 34 million years ago

ABC Online - ‎11 hours ago‎
A treasure trove of fossils of six furry critters that inhabited the trees of southern China 34 million years ago is providing a deeper understanding of a pivotal moment in the evolution of primates.
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Inkjet-Printed Lasing Capsule Produces Disposable Organic Lasers - ‎9 hours ago‎
From cellphone cameras to space telescopes, driverless cars to the laser interferometer at LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory), optics are transforming our lives.
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ALMA Measures Mass Of Black Hole With Unprecedented Precision

Tech Times - ‎42 minutes ago‎
A. Barth (UC Irvine)/ALMA (NRAO/ESO/NAOJ)/NASA/ESA Hubble/Carnegie-Irvine Galaxy Survey. A massive black hole has been "weighed" with the greatest degree of precision ever.
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Where Is the Most Lightning-Prone Place in the World?

Live Science - ‎1 hour ago‎
Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela has a new claim to fame: This large bay has been revealed as the lightning capital of the world, with storms lighting up the skies almost 300 nights each year, according to a NASA study.
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Mars and Earth are getting closer (for now) - ‎15 minutes ago‎
The red planet will soon be closer to Earth that it has been in 11 years: On May 30, Mars will be about 46.8 million miles (75.3 million kilometers) from Earth.
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We're running out of Universe to measure, physicists caution

ScienceAlert - ‎7 hours ago‎
Physicists are used to quantum mechanics limiting how much we can know about the fundamental constituents of matter. But now, a couple of physicists have suggested that there are walls in the other direction too - someday, we'll have measured the ...
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Robot Cockroaches Cooperate to Complete Tasks

Newsweek - ‎1 hour ago‎
In certain parts of central Africa, army ants team up to create inch-high tunnels that protect worker ants as they gather food for the colony.
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Wow! Indian Government to Spend 6 Billion Dollars on Planting Trees

One Green Planet - ‎3 hours ago‎
Without forests, we as a species could not survive. Trees are the lungs of our planet, soaking up the (ever-increasing) carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, and in return giving us the sweet gift of oxygen.
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Scientists unveil the strange and wonderful creatures living in the Mariana Trench - ‎55 minutes ago‎
Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are providing people with a unique insight into life at the deepest part of the Earth's oceans.
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Island canoes in Newcastle climate protest

Illawarra Mercury - ‎5 hours ago‎
RISING TIDE: Zane Sikulu will be among a contingent of Pacific islanders joining an anti-coal protest on Newcastle harbour on Sunday, in response to climate change's impact on his home country of Tonga.
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Eta Aquarids 2016: Meteor Shower Spawned From Halley's Comet To Peak For Next Two Days

The Inquisitr - ‎17 hours ago‎
Eta Aquarids meteor shower hits its peak on May 6, but according to the website Earthsky, viewers can expect to see 20-30 meteors per hour just before dawn “the day before and after the predicted peak.
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Flat volcanoes hint at an icy ancient Mars

Gizmag - ‎17 hours ago‎
Two potential subglacial volcanoes are highlighted in red, while the relief displays the disposition of sulphates and iron oxide (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/JHUAPL/ASU).

'That would be tragic': Worries new land-clearing laws will 'gut' biodiversity

Sydney Morning Herald - ‎9 hours ago‎
Troy Grant, NSW Nationals leader and Deputy Premier, was more than a tad optimistic when he called for "natural opponents" of the government's new biodiversity conservation bills to use the two-month consultation period to improve them.
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IBM brings quantum computing to the masses

Gizmag - ‎9 hours ago‎
A fundamental initiative within the newly formed IBM Research Frontiers Institute, the new 5 qubit processor can be accessed by anyone via the IBM Cloud (Credit: Jon Simon/Feature Photo Service for IBM).
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NASA's Valkyrie Humanoid Robot Readied For Ride To Mars

Tech Times - ‎6 hours ago‎
The Valkyrie robot designed by NASA is taking shape, and that form is surprisingly human. This robot, built in the image of humans, could help lead the way to Mars.