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Elon Musk will need more than 10,000 missiles to nuke Mars — Roscosmos – TASS

Earlier, Musk proposed an ambitious idea to terraform Mars by bombarding the planet’s poles with a large number of nuclear weapons

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“Canary in the coal mine”: Greenland ice has shrunk beyond return, study finds – Sight Magazine

Greenland’s ice sheet may have shrunk past the point of return, with the ice likely to melt away no matter how quickly the world reduces climate-warming emissions, new research suggests.

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15 August 2020
CASSANDRA GARRISON
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Greenland’s ice sheet may have shrunk past the point of return, with the ice likely to melt away no matter how quickly the world reduces climate-warming emissions, new research suggests. 
Scientists studied data on 234 glaciers across the Arctic territory spanning 34 years through 2018 and found that annual snowfall was no longer enough to replenish glaciers of the snow and ice being lost to summertime melting.
A fishing vessel sails in the ice fjo…

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Humans off the hook? Climate change killed woolly rhinos, says study – The Jakarta Post – Jakarta Post

A woolly brown rhinoceros that weighed two tons once roamed northeastern Siberia before mysteriously disappearing around 14,000 years ago.

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A woolly brown rhinoceros that weighed two tons once roamed northeastern Siberia before mysteriously disappearing around 14,000 years ago.
Was its demise caused by humans, or the warming climate of the time?
A new study by a Swedish and Russian team of scientists who examined DNA fragments from the remains of 14 of these prehistoric mammals lets our species off the hook.
They say the population of the animal — also known by its scientific name Coelodonta antiquitatis — remained stable for m…

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NASA telescope uncovers the cause of Betelgeuse’s mysterious dimming – CNET

And new observations suggest the red supergiant star is dimming again.

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Betelgeuse will go supernova and explode… eventually.
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In the Before Times, when the coronavirus was only just beginning its grim march across the globe, our troubles were much farther away. About 640 light-years farther away, in fact. Astronomers observing Betelgeuse, a red supergiant star, had been puzzled by its mysterious dimming. Some believed the event, which lasted from November 2019 to February 2020, was a portent of doom signaling the star’s upcoming explosion. But then the dimmi…

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