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You've probably heard by now to watch out for a total solar eclipse in the United States on Aug. 21. What is a total solar eclipse? To truly understand a total solar eclipse, you must be familiar with the different types of eclipses.
A strange ‘Frankenstein’ dinosaur may be the ‘missing link’ between plant-eating dinosaurs and theropods – a group which includes carnivores such as T-Rex. Chilesaurus lived 150 million years ago, and looked like a raptor – but was in fact a vegetarian. Researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Natural History Museum analysed 450 anatomical characteristics of early dinosaurs to place ‘Chilesaurus’ in the dinosaur family tree.
Sierra Leone began a week of mourning Wednesday as it emerged that 105 children were among more than 300 people who perished in mudslides and torrential flooding, in one of the country's worst natural disasters. With 600 people still missing in Freetown, President Ernest Bai Koroma described the humanitarian challenge ahead as "overwhelming". Officials at Freetown's central morgue said Wednesday that 105 of the more than 300 officially dead were children.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A high number of accidental deaths this year among the endangered North Atlantic right whale threaten the survival of the species, according to conservation groups and marine scientists.
This year, of course, they’ll be joining millions of people in the United States to see the total solar eclipse on August 21. “There are insufficient superlatives in the English language, or any language for that matter, to adequately describe the experience of a total solar eclipse,” one told us. How many total solar eclipses have you seen?
Archeologists in Egypt have uncovered ancient rock tombs, carved almost two-and-half millennia ago during the time of the pharaohs, as they excavated chambers, two of which were hidden down burial shafts. The tombs from the 27th dynasty and the Greco-Roman era contain a number of sarcophagi, a type of ancient Egyptian coffin typically adorned with a sculpture or inscription, of different shapes and sizes, as well as a collection of clay fragments, the Egyptian Ministry said in a statement. The location of the dig, in the El-Kamil El-Sahrawi archaeological site, in central Egypt near the banks of the Nile, previously unearthed 20 tombs in a series of ancient catacombs in 2015.
Portugal's police said Wednesday they had arrested 61 suspected arsonists so far this year, with fires on the rise and figures showing the largest number of people killed in forest blazes since 2003. This year's fires, as well as killing more than 60 people and injuring hundreds more, have destroyed 141,000 hectares, civil protection officials said, citing provisional figures. The exceptional heat and dry conditions, coupled with strong winds, helped explain the scale of the destruction this year, said Rui Esteves, commander of the ANPC, Portugal's civil protection agency.
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