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It’s time for you to look up at the sky more often. If you did, you might catch a volutus, or roll cloud, which looks like a tube that appears to be spinning along its horizontal axis. Or perhaps you’ll get really lucky, and see a dramatic-looking asperitas cloud, from the Latin word for roughness. […]

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President Donald Trump is bringing back the National Space Council.  On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence announced Trump’s plan to re-establish a National Space Council — a Bush-era advisory board established to serve as a go-between for the White House and NASA.  SEE ALSO: It’s about damn time for NASA astronauts to get health care […]

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The Thai sea turtle that lived in a wishing pond and ate nearly 1,000 coins over the years has died. The 25-year-old turtle, named Omsin (Thai for “bank”) was found with an engorged stomach full of coins back in February. She had a reportedly successful seven-hour surgery, but went into a coma later due to […]

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Residents of this apartment block in China have lived with an actual train going through the building for 11 years now. Amazingly, they haven’t complained about the noise (if you take state-run media’s word for it.) All the same, the building’s design seems to work remarkably well in mountainous and dense Chongqing, where builders say […]

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Australia’s government will push for changes to its race hate laws, and the internet is far from pleased about it. Conservative politicians and pundits have long pushed for alterations to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, which protects people from acts intended to “offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate” on the basis of race.  SEE […]

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If you’ve ever had a kea nibble your car tyre or seen the mountain parrot move a traffic cone for no earthly reason, you’d know — these cheeky birds do things just because they want to. Living in New Zealand’s southern alps, keas have been seen rumbling around like kittens, looping in the sky, and […]

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The United States could soon walk away from a trillion-dollar opportunity if some influential players in the Trump administration have their way. The Paris Climate Agreement may global boost the economy by $19 trillion over the next three decades as countries invest in renewable energy, energy efficiency and zero-emissions transportation, according to a report by […]

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Special shout-out to my octogenarian cousins still living it up in the Italian hillside. The Mediterranean nation was ranked the world’s healthiest country in the Bloomberg Global Health Index.  The index, released on Monday, graded 163 countries based on variables such as life expectancy, causes of death and health risks such as high blood pressure, […]

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A petting zoo in Russia claims to be suing an advertising agency that used their raccoon Thomas to film an “erotic” television advert. SEE ALSO: Chill raccoon hitches a ride on a garbage truck, steals some hearts, remains unfazed Last August, the Teatr Zoo in Moscow, Russia, rented Thomas out to the advertising company Art-Msk.  […]

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A new app is making fitness more accessible and inclusive — and it’s all for a worthy cause. The video-based app, called CPF Challenge, allows people with a diverse range of motor abilities to participate in specialized workouts. The app is part of a dedicated fundraiser challenge created by the Cerebral Palsy Foundation, a nonprofit […]

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At the moment, NASA and other space agencies are operating satellites in orbit around Mars. The spacecraft are continuing to beam amazing images of the red planet’s surface back to Earth, and some of the probes have even solved Martian mysteries in the process.  But what would it look like if you were up in […]

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It’s been six devastating years since the start of the Syrian war in March 2011. Coincidentally, it’s been six years since the first season of Homeland, where Mandy Patinkin plays the role of CIA chief Saul Berenson.  SEE ALSO: A war-torn family builds a new home together, online As the show progressed into its fifth […]

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Vertical greenery is a thing now. After China last month, India’s Silicon Valley, Bangalore, now has a vertical garden.  Local NGO SayTrees has set up the city’s first organic garden on one of the pillars of a popular flyover.  SEE ALSO: China’s big, beautiful, green ‘vertical forests’ will suck up toxic smog Over 3,500 saplings […]

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