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Why people eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday

Why people eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday

Today is Shrove Tuesday. Also known as Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras (in French) and by many other nicknames. It’s the big hurrah before Christians start Lent, a season of prayer, penance and fasting in preparation for the Easter season. But even on a day with king cake, beads, parades and giant floats, there’s still a…MORE

Why solar storms from space may blind and strand whales

Why solar storms from space may blind and strand whales

Space weather has more implications than causing glitches in Earth’s satellite-based communications — it can also strand gray whales, according to a new study. Typically, space weather is created when solar storms occur on the sun and stream out toward Earth. The high-energy particles can disrupt our communications and Earth’s magnetic field. But they may…MORE

A heat wave in Antarctica melted 20% of an island’s snow in 9 days

A heat wave in Antarctica melted 20% of an island’s snow in 9 days

A nine-day heat wave scorched Antarctica’s northern tip earlier this month. New NASA images reveal that nearly a quarter of an Antarctic island’s snow cover melted in that time — an increasingly common symptom of the climate crisis. The images show Eagle Island on the northeastern peninsula of the icy continent at the start and…MORE

Grace Millane and the rise of the ’50 Shades’ defense in murder trials

Grace Millane and the rise of the ’50 Shades’ defense in murder trials

British backpacker Grace Millane was strangled to death, crammed into a suitcase and buried in a New Zealand woodland after a Tinder date in December 2018. On Thursday her killer, a 28-year-old man, was sentenced to life imprisonment with minimum 17 year non-parole period. The Courts of New Zealand said in a statement: “Overall, the…MORE