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What if a nuclear missile really were headed our way?

For 38 panicked minutes on Jan. 13, Hawaiians prepared for the end. Alarming notifications arrived on cellphones: a ballistic missile was headed their way. On Jan. 16, the Japanese national broadcaster issued a similar warning, saying North Korea had launched a missile and residents of Japan should seek shelter. The …

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Melted nuclear fuel seen inside second Fukushima reactor

The operator of Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said Friday that a long telescopic probe successfully captured images of what is most likely melted fuel inside one of its three damaged reactors, providing limited but crucial information for its cleanup. Tokyo Electric Power Co. said the fishing rod-like device carrying …

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Why some fracking wells are prone to triggering earthquakes

Why does fracking cause earthquakes in some places and not others? Alberta scientists say they’ve figured out some factors that make certain wells prone to triggering earthquakes. That could help make it possible to forecast the risk of fracking-induced earthquakes in the future. Fracking or hydraulic fracturing is a way …

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World’s biggest underwater cave found in Mexico

A group of divers has found a connection between two underwater caverns in eastern Mexico to reveal what is believed to be the biggest flooded cave on the planet, a discovery that could help shed new light on the ancient Maya civilization. The Gran Acuifero Maya (GAM), a project dedicated …

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Fruit flies can taste calcium: Does that mean humans can?

Hello and happy Saturday! Here’s this week’s round-up of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Searching for the sixth sense of taste “Scientists identify a sixth taste sense.” It’s a claim that has made headlines several …

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