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Heads Up! Thirteen Years Of Asteroid Impacts On Earth

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Since the Chelyabinsk event in early 2013, when a brilliant meteor fireball streaked across Russian skies and exploded with the energy of thirty Hiroshima bombs, humans have paid slightly more attention to the potential danger of asteroids than before. A combination of media attention and the viral spread of eyewitness videos and photos perhaps did [...]

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Crowd Watching: Video Analytics Could Flag Crimes Before They Happen

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Soon after the investigation into Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings began, law enforcement urged the public to e-mail any video, images or other information that might lead them to the guilty party. “No piece of information or detail is too small,” states the F.B.I.’s Web site. Picking through all of this footage in search of clues [...]

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Observations

Slow-Motion Mayhem Video Sets Flour Aflame [video]

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First, please enjoy this video of “Stupidity Captured at 2500 Frames per Second,” preferably in full-screen view at high resolution. Take special note of the “Flour + Candle” segment that starts around the 2:50 mark: If, like me, you were left wondering how and why ordinary cooking flour would ignite in a giant fireball, allow [...]

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Oil spill worsens, offshore drilling plans in dire straits?

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The Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill keeps getting worse—now gushing more than 200,000 gallons per day, according to NOAA estimates—five times more than original estimates and more than BP’s absolute worst case scenario in disaster plans filed with the government. That may not change any time soon. The last big blowout, at Ixtoc off [...]

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Largest Assemblage of Cambrian Fossils Since 1909 Discovered in British Columbia

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Much of what we know about the diversification of body plans that happened starting 540-million years ago (commonly known as the Cambrian Explosion) comes from the famous Burgess Shale formation. The original site, located in Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rockies, was discovered by paleontologist Charles Walcott in 1909. The site has produced an [...]

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