Italy’s Mount Etna volcano has had its second eruption this year, with bright lava pouring down the side of the crater, contrasting with the snow-capped peaks of the Sicilian island. Etna is the highest active volcano in mainland Europe, with an approximate height of 3,330 meters (10,926 feet), and despite being known to awaken several times a year, it hasn’t had a major eruption since 1992.
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Scientists at the Queen Mary University of London have managed to prove through various tests that bees are a lot more intelligent than previously thought, with the insects displaying flexible decision making and adaptation to external factors to which they had never previously been exposed to. Up until now, it was known that bees were able to communicate to each other using “waggle dances” that indicated to their counterparts the direction of food, and were able to pull string to access said food. However, the latest discovery by biologist Olli J. Loukola and his team shows that bees are capable of much more.
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Another day, another NASA discovery, with the agency announcing that their Spitzer Space Telescope has found seven Earth-sized planets orbiting around a single star, with several fixed firmly within the habitable zone. Their solar system, named TRAPPIST-1 is quite similar to ours, although the star and planets are all smaller compared to our own. This latest find represents one of NASA’s biggest space discoveries in recent history, up until now, not that many habitable-zone planets had been found to be orbiting a single star.
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Cupertino is now home to a 175 acre rolling parkland, and what just happens to be the most energy-efficient building in the world: Apple Park. Apple announced today that this large campus will be ready for Apple employees come April.
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When NASA isn’t launching satellites into space or helping others service the International Space Station, they are making discoveries closer to home. A group of scientists from the famed space organization have uncovered a unique group of microorganisms dwelling inside the giant crystals of the Naica mine in the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
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