Manuel Belim

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Massive Volcanic Eruption Is Making Iceland Grow

The tiny, island nation of Iceland is in the middle of a growth spurt. For the past month, the country's Bardarbunga volcano has been churning out lava at a prodigious rate. And the eruption shows no signs of abating.<p>It all began with a swarm of earthquakes in late August, according to Rikke …

The science behind the extraordinary vision of owls

Another cool thing about owl eyes is the iris color. The iris color is somewhat related to the time of day or night in which an owl hunts. PawNation …

APOD: Shoreline of the Universe (2014 Sep 20) Image Credit & Copyright: Bill Dickinson http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap140920.html Explanation: Against dark rifts of interstellar dust, the ebb and flow of starlight along the Milky Way looks like waves breaking on a cosmic shore in this night skyscape. Taken with a digital camera from the dunes of Hatteras Island, North Carolina, planet Earth, the monochrome image is reminiscent of the time when sensitive black and white film was a popular choice for dimmly lit night- and astro-photography. Looking south, the bright stars of Sagittarius and Scorpius are near the center of the frame. Wandering Mars, Saturn, and Zubenelgenubi (Alpha Librae) form the compact triangle of bright celestial beacons farther right of the galaxy's central bulge. Of course, the evocative black and white beach scene could also be from that vintage 1950s scifi movie you never saw, "It Came From Beyond the Dunes." http://www.flickr.com/photos/skynoir/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=140920 #APOD

Paleontologist Finds Dinosaur Paradise, Including First Dino Known to Swim

Nizar Ibrahim scoured the deserts of northern Africa to paint the most complete picture of a mid-Cretaceous ecosystem ever described.<p><i>Editor's note: Nizar Ibrahim is one of National Geographic's 2014 Emerging Explorers, which honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a</i> …