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First half of September is the driest for 50 years

Forecasters would normally expect about half of the average monthly rainfall by this point in the month<p>The first half of September has been the UK's driest for more than 50 years, weather experts said on Wednesday.<p>Figures to September 15 show there has been 6.7mm of rain across the UK, which is …

Weather

Milky Way Mysteries Mapped

Changing Planet<p>The Hubble Space Telescope snapped this finely detailed image of the beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 6384, an island of stars thought to resemble our own Milky Way galaxy. Credit: ESA/NASA<p><b>Ever look up and wonder how many stars are out there in the night sky, and where did all these stars</b> …

Scientists Have Detected A New Stellar Explosion That Might Be A Supernova

And you can watch it live Thursday night, on a livestream from the Slooh Space Observatory website. They'll be broadcasting live from an observatory at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile starting at midnight Friday EDT (9pm Thursday PDT).<p>The stellar explosion was first spotted last week, …

Universe

Why one plane full of Pakistanis chased a famous politician off their flight

Picture the scene: Your flight is delayed on the tarmac by one hour — then two. The flight crew claims there are technical difficulties, but then up the jetway strolls the last missing passenger — a former government official. And suddenly the flight is ready to leave.<p>In Pakistan, that's a fairly …

Panama Is the Happiest Country in the World

According to the Gallup-Healthways Global Well-Being Index for 2013, Panama ranks as the happiest country in the world. The United States came in at 14, while conflict zones such as Syria and Afghanistan were the least happy out of the 135 countries polled.<p>The survey took into account five factors: …

Sub-Saharan Africa

War and peace – and war again? The battle for Tasmania’s ancient forests

For 30 years activists and loggers fought over the future of Tasmania’s old-growth forests. Finally, in 2012, came a historic peace deal. But on 2 September the state’s newly elected Liberal government tore it up. So what next for both sides?<p>Tasmania’s loggers and forest activists still talk …

Stonehenge: children revealed to be the metal workers of prehistoric Britain

Research suggests children wrecked their eyesight embellishing weapons and jewellery with minute scraps of gold<p>Scientists believe that some 4,000 years ago children as young as 10 wrecked their eyesight embellishing weapons and jewellery with minute scraps of gold, creating dazzling pieces so fine …

NASA finds tiniest galaxy has 'supermassive' black hole

The agency's Hubble Space Telescope spots one of the smallest galaxies ever discovered -- with a giant black hole at its core.<p>They say big things come in little packages. That may never be more true than with what astronomers have just discovered: A "monster" black hole hiding inside one of the …

Universe

Catlike Creature Caught on Wildlife Camera Hitching Rides on Rhinos and Buffalo

So you think the Lion is the king of the jungle, eh? Well, the large-spotted genet, a catlike creature found in the wilds of Africa, might have …

Photographer Recreates a 100-Year-Old Film Showing the Dutch City of Alkmaar

This video is a “then-and-now” comparison showing the Dutch city of Alkmaar in 1914 and in 2014. It was created by Dutch photographer Frits de Beer, …

Peak Design Strap Failures Causing Dropped Cameras for Some Photographers

<b>Update on 3/15/17</b>: Here’s a statement provided to PetaPixel by Peak Design regarding the issue reported in this article:<p>The product issue described …

Amazon Admits It Whiffed On Fire Phone Pricing

Amazon planned to cut the price of its much ballyhooed smartphone at some point, but the retail giant moved faster than anticipated, an Amazon executive admitted Wednesday.<p>The Fire Phone, released in late July, was initially priced at $199 with a two-year contract. When it was announced, critics …