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A rare blue moon will light up the sky on Halloween – NewsChannel 3-12 – KEYT

Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on Linkedin Spooky season is almost upon us — and this year it will be a little bit spookier. The night sky on Halloween …

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Spooky season is almost upon us — and this year it will be a little bit spookier.
The night sky on Halloween will be illuminated by a blue moon, the second full moon in a month. The relatively rare occurrence happens once every two and a half years on average, according to NASA’s National Space Science Data Center.
Every month has a full moon, but because the lunar cycle and the calendar year aren’t perfectly synched, about every three years we wind up with two in the same calendar month.
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Physicists awarded top Aussie science gong – Riverine Herald

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When a young David Blair arrived in the United States in the 1970s to help build a gravitational wave detector, he figured it would be a short-term project.”I thought I’d go there, spend a year or two, detect these waves then go on and do something else,” the University of Western Australia physicist says wryly.
“Never did I guess that I’d be hooked into this for the next four decades and we’d go struggling and struggling and struggling until finally we managed to detect these waves.”
That breakthrough…

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Antarctic fossil could have been the biggest flying bird ever, study finds – CNN

In the 1980s, paleontologists at the University of California Riverside visited Seymour Island, part of an island chain in the Antarctic Peninsula. They brought…

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(CNN)In the 1980s, paleontologists at the University of California Riverside visited Seymour Island, part of an island chain in the Antarctic Peninsula. They brought home a number of fossils — including the foot bone and partial jaw bone of two prehistoric birds.
For decades, the fossils sat in a museum at the University of California Berkeley — until a graduate student named Peter Kloess started poking around in 2015.
In a study published Monday in the journal “Scientific Reports,” Kloess identified…

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Scientists discover 500 metre-tall skyscraper reef at Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – The Guardian

The detached reef, taller than the Empire State Building, was discovered at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef off Cape York

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Australian scientists have discovered a detached reef more than 500 metres high taller than the Empire State Building at the northern end of the Great Barrier Reef.
The blade-like vertical reef about 130km off Cape York, Australias north-eastern tip, was found during a 3D seabed mapping exercise conducted from a ship owned by the Californian non-profit Schmidt Ocean Institute.
Tom Bridge, from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University and the expeditions principal…

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