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Cycads, or leafhoppers, are the most ancient gymnosperm plant, common on the earth before the emergence of flowering plants. The pollinating relationship between bees and butterflies with flowers is well-documented. Beetles commonly pollinate cycads in South Africa and Australia - supporting an ancient origin of the relationship, say the researchers. This discovery suggests an ancient origin for beetle pollination of cycads long before the rise of flowering plants.
  • Best meteor shower of 2018 takes place over Ireland tonight

    Best meteor shower of 2018 takes place over Ireland tonight

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    Greater numbers of meteors are visible when the radiant is high. Reaching its peak visibility this weekend, a number of eager stargazers were dazzled by last night's (11 August) astronomical show, where a number of handsome shooting stars and green lights lit up the sky.
  • Man finds 25-million-year-old shark teeth

    Man finds 25-million-year-old shark teeth

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    Fossil enthusiast Philip Mullaly holds a giant shark tooth-evidence that a shark almost twice the size of a great white once stalked Australia's ancient oceans-at the Melbourne Museum on August 9, 2018. "By donating his discovery to Museums Victoria, Phil has ensured that these unique fossils are available for scientific research and education both now and for generations to come".
  • NASA blasts off historic probe to 'touch Sun'

    NASA blasts off historic probe to 'touch Sun'

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    Trailing a plume of fiery exhaust visible for scores of miles around, the huge 1.6-million-pound rocket majestically climbed away from launch complex 37B at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, arcing away on an easterly trajectory over the Atlantic Ocean.
  • NASA postpones launch of probe to study sun at close range

    NASA postpones launch of probe to study sun at close range

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    The engineers are taking utmost caution with the $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe, which Thomas Zurbuchen, head of Nasa's science mission directorate, described as one of the agency's most "strategically important missions". If the teams investigate the issues that delayed Saturday's launch and it can't be resolved in time for a 24-hour turnaround, the next attempt won't happen until Monday.
  • Perseids likely to be the best meteor shower of the year

    Perseids likely to be the best meteor shower of the year

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    According to Cook, the moon will be near a new moon, and will be crescent, setting before the Perseid show, underway after midnight. Infinite amount of shooting stars and wishes! In some countries, Mars and Saturn will also be visible during this time.
  • Hurricane Hector is coming to Hawaii

    Hurricane Hector is coming to Hawaii

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    Hurricane force winds can extent up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical storm-force winds up to 105 miles (165 km). The tropical storm warning for the Big Island has been canceled, as Hurricane Hector passes south of the island as a strong Category 3 hurricane.
  • This weekend, watch for the Perseid Meteor Shower

    This weekend, watch for the Perseid Meteor Shower

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    This weekend we'll have a new moon , and moonless nights are great for viewing another nighttime phenomenon - the Perseid Meteor Shower . This year it will be at its peak on the evenings of August 11 and 12. The key to seeing a meteor is to take in as much sky as possible. You'll need to let your eyes adjust to the darkness. Get out of the city, away from street lights.
  • Where to see the last partial solar eclipse of 2018

    Where to see the last partial solar eclipse of 2018

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    On the other hand, during a partial solar eclipse , the Sun, Moon and Earth are not completely lined and the Moon only covers the portion of the Sun and when viewed by from Earth, Sun appears as a disk. "It can cause eye damage". People are also advised not to eat during solar eclipse. As mentioned previously, an eclipse is a phenomenon in which the Earth, Sun and Moon are aligned in a manner, which results in one body being blocked from getting sunlight.
  • NASA's mission to 'touch the sun' starts tomorrow

    NASA's mission to 'touch the sun' starts tomorrow

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    NASA will send a spacecraft on a mission to get a closer look at the sun. The probe is expected to take flight atop a Delta IV Heavy rocket at 3:33 a.m. Scientists also hope the probe can help them to answer why the corona, the outermost layer of the sun's atmosphere, is 300 times hotter than its surface.
  • The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend!

    The Perseid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend!

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    However, this year with a dark clear sky, it's possible to see an incredible light show. If you'd rather watch the Perseid meteor shower from the comfort of your own home, the Virtual Telescope Project is live broadcasting the shower from scenic Castel Santa Maria, Italy, beginning at 4:30 p.m.
  • Look to the Skies This Weekend for a Colorado Meteor Shower

    Look to the Skies This Weekend for a Colorado Meteor Shower

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    But more importantly, unlike the last few years, this year's Perseids happen during a new moon. The Comet Swift-Tuttle is the largest solar system object to pass close to the Earth repeatedly, according to NASA . Find a spot where you can lay back and comfortably observe as much of the sky as possible. Where Does The Perseid Meteor Shower Come From? It's just to the left of the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters constellation.
  • Endangered orca that sparked international rescue plan gets first treatment

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    The experimental, emergency plan to save J50 requires scientists to nail down her ailments through breath and fecal samples, then administer long-lasting antibiotics by either pole-mounted syringe or dart. "It's not uncommon for [the whales] to split their time between the outer coast and inland waters", he said. "This is a novel undertaking", Hanson said.
  • NSW drought: Berejiklian open to asking army to help farmers

    NSW drought: Berejiklian open to asking army to help farmers

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    With no feed, farmers have been forced to ship in grain or hay from other parts of the country to keep sheep and cattle alive, spending thousands of extra dollars a week just to stay afloat. "This is probably the worst possible outcome for the kangaroo, but we do understand the plight farmers are in", Mr Borda added. " Australia's rainfall varies greatly from one year to the next and from one decade to the next, and is strongly influenced by large scale phenomena such as El Niño and La ...
  • How to see the Perseid meteor shower peak this weekend

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    From Aug.11-13, the Perseid meteor shower will send between 60 and 70 meteors shooting across the sky every hour. This year's shower will be putting on its best display for those in Europe , but as it's peak last so long, from the 11th to 12th, it should also put on a spectacular display for the United States and elsewhere in the northern hemisphere.
  • Scientists Warn of 'Hothouse Earth,' 200-Foot Rise in Sea Levels

    Scientists Warn of 'Hothouse Earth,' 200-Foot Rise in Sea Levels

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    Professor Steffen said countries needed to work together to "greatly accelerate the transition towards an emission-free world economy". However, a Hothouse Earth could turn the world's natural carbon storage systems or "sinks" into powerful greenhouse gas emitters, significantly rising temperatures.
  • Emergency rescue efforts for endangered killer whale hit snag in Canada

    Emergency rescue efforts for endangered killer whale hit snag in Canada

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    Officials in the USA are hoping to give J-50 the treatment if she is spotted in the waters off Washington State by dart or by fish offered to her by a pole. Teri Rowles of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that if they find J50, they'll assess her health and determine if they will administer antibiotics by pole or by dart, and the whale may receive further treatment of salmon laced with medication.