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New satellite will examine global warming’s effects on rain and snowfall

How is global warming affecting precipitation? New satellite to help explain. (via The Christian Science Monitor) The United States and Japan are getting set to launch a 4.3-ton satellite designed to monitor rain and snowfall in unprecedented detail. The agencies announced on Thursday that they have scheduled the launch for…

Israeli PM Netanyahu knocked for skipping Nelson Mandela memorial

Netanyahu skips Mandela memorial. Israelis say ‘are you kidding?’ (via The Christian Science Monitor) Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem Nov. 17. Fresh off a series of scandals over his high-flying lifestyle and expensive habits, the prime minister said Monday he would skip Nelson…

How U.S. conservatives viewed Nelson Mandela then and now

Nelson Mandela: How US conservatives viewed him then – and now (via The Christian Science Monitor) Mourners celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela in the street outside his old house in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa. Flags were lowered to half-staff and people in black townships, in upscale mostly white suburbs…

Astronomers find ‘Super Jupiter’ in record-setting orbit

What’s that Jupiter-like thing doing so far afield from nearest star? (via The Christian Science Monitor) This is an artist’s conception of a young planet in a distant orbit around its host star. The star still harbors a debris disk, remnant material from star and planet formation, interior to the…

Did you hear the one about the orchestra that walked into a bar?

A chamber orchestra in … a bar? (via The Christian Science Monitor) The chamber orchestra, A Far Cry, is pictured. (Yoon S. Byun/A Far Cry) Imagine you’re walking past a bar one evening as a young couple opens the door to head in. You catch the sound of the act…

How the hummingbird ended up in the Andes

How the hummingbird ended up in the Andes (via The Christian Science Monitor) A new paper reports that different species of high-altitude South American hummingbirds have alighted on the same genetic mutations to solve their high-altitude problems(Kenneth Wong/The Bakersfield Californian/AP) Hummingbirds, fast and busy birds,…   [Image via Wikipedia Commons]…

Astronomy community rallies behind ‘Zombie comet’ ISON

Zombie comet: Is Comet ISON really dead? Maybe not. (+video) (via The Christian Science Monitor) Comet ISON (l.) approaches the sun on Nov. 25. The comet appeard to break up when it rounded the sun on Thanksgiving Day, but scientists are grateful that new data are suggesting it survived.(NASA/AP) As…

Is hydrogen the secret to water on Mars?

Is hydrogen the secret to water on Mars? (via The Christian Science Monitor) This section of Valles Marineris is over a hundred miles wide, and its floor is heaped with rocks, sediments, and landslide debris. This perspective shot comes from ‘Flight Through Mariner Valley,’ a video produced for NASA by…

Holiday job market off to strongest start in 14 years

Holiday hiring picks up, could lead to full-time jobs (via The Christian Science Monitor) Shopper Roxanna Garcia, center, waits in line to pay for her over a $1,000.00 gifts at the Target store in Burbank, Calif. Holiday hiring is expected to be at its highest in 14 years this season.…

Massive gamma-ray burst has scientists’ theories ‘going down the drain’

Scientists witness massive gamma-ray burst, don’t understand it (via The Christian Science Monitor) This image shows an artist’s rendering on how a gamma-ray burst occurs with a massive star collapsing and creating a black hole, beaming out focused light and radiation bursts. Astronomers in April 2013 saw the biggest and…

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