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Neil deGrasse Tyson warns asteroid could hit Earth day before election – New York Post

That’s one way to rock the vote. An asteroid with a diameter the size of a refrigerator could strike the Earth the day before the November election, according t…

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That’s one way to rock the vote.
An asteroid with a diameter the size of a refrigerator could strike the Earth the day before the November election, according to celebrity scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson — but it’s not large enough to do any serious damage.
The famed astrophysicist said the space rock, known as 2018VP1, is hurtling towards Earth at a speed of 25,000 miles per hour and may clip the planet on Nov. 2.
“It may buzz-cut Earth on Nov. 2, the day before the Presidential Election,” he …

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Geologists Have Found the Earth’s Missing Tectonic Plate – Universe Today

A pair of geologists have developed a technique for finding subducted tectonic plates. They’ve found one that nobody was sure existed.

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Northern Canada has been keeping a secret from the rest of the world. It’s home to “Resurrection,” a tectonic plate that has been much theorized but never found until now. A team of researchers used what amounts to a CAT scan of northern Canada and the mantle underneath it to find the missing plate.
Finding it could lead to better hazard prediction and also to finding mineral and hydrocarbon deposits. But better than that, it’s helping scientists piece together Earth’s history.
A missing tectonic…

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Footprints Mark a Toddler’s Perilous Prehistoric Journey – The New York Times

Mammoths and giant ground sloths roamed the same terrain that a young adult swiftly moved through while toting a young child.

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There was another reason, however, for making haste over the landscape the presence of large and potentially dangerous animals. Both a giant sloth and a mammoth ambled across the humans path, the trackway reveals. Their prints appear on top of the northbound footsteps but below the southbound ones, meaning that the animals walked by sometime in between the humans passage.
The mammoth most likely a bull, based on the size of its tracks was apparently uninterested in the humans who had walked by just…

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Super cool white paint basically creates ‘free air conditioning’ – CNET

The radiative cooling paint could help chill out houses, cars and even the planet.

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Purdue researchers Xiulin Ruan (left) and Joseph Peoples point an infrared camera at white paint samples on a rooftop.
Purdue University photo/Jared Pike
Ultra-black coatings and paints like Vantablack have gotten a lot of attention in recent years. What the world needs now is to cool off  (we’ve hit an unprecedented point in global warming), and a new white paint developed by engineers at Purdue University could help.
The paint reflects 95.5% of sunlight and “can keep surfaces up to 18 degrees…

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