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Largest known diamond in North America found in Canada

Largest known diamond in North America found in Canada

A 552-carat yellow diamond was recently unearthed in Canada — the largest ever found in North America. Mining company Dominion Diamond Mines said in a press release on Thursday the diamond was discovered in October at the Diavik Diamond Mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories. The “astonishing gemstone” measures 33.74 millimeters by 54.56 millimeters, the company…MORE

What Dictionary.com’s words of the year say about us

What Dictionary.com’s words of the year say about us

If you made a judgment about our planet based on the words that reflect where we are as a culture, you’d probably reach this conclusion: We’re not doing well. Dictionary.com’s word of the year for 2018 is misinformation. Its word last year was complicit. The year before that? Xenophobia. It’s a far cry from 2010,…MORE

The year’s brightest comet streaks by Earth this weekend

The year’s brightest comet streaks by Earth this weekend

The night sky will come alive this weekend when a green comet streaks by Earth on the heels of the Geminid meteor shower’s display of green fireballs. Comet 46P/Wirtanen began brightening in November, but it will make its closest approach to Earth on Sunday and be visible with the naked eye. The comet will come…MORE

Geminid meteor shower: How and when to watch

Geminid meteor shower: How and when to watch

The Geminid meteor shower peaks this week, so hope for clear skies that will let you see a beautiful show of green fireballs on Thursday and Friday. This will be the last — and strongest — meteor shower of the year, according to NASA. This phenomenon was first recorded in 1862 and causes a show…MORE

Pope removes 3 cardinals from his inner circle

Pope removes 3 cardinals from his inner circle

Pope Francis has removed three cardinals from his small council of advisers for reasons of advanced age, the Vatican said Wednesday, though two also have been the subject of allegations relating to sexual abuse or covering it up. Cardinal George Pell, 77, of Australia; Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz, 85, of Chile; and Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo…MORE

Unparalleled warmth is changing the Arctic and affecting weather in US, Europe

Unparalleled warmth is changing the Arctic and affecting weather in US, Europe

The Arctic is experiencing a multi-year stretch of unparalleled warmth “that is unlike any period on record,” according to the 2018 Arctic Report Card, a peer-reviewed report released Tuesday morning from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency within the United States Department of Commerce. The report states that human-caused climate change is transforming…MORE

US undermining ‘last chance’ climate talks, experts charge

US undermining ‘last chance’ climate talks, experts charge

The American delegation came to promote coal. And the kids laughed in their faces. That was the bizarre and symbolic scene that unfolded Monday at the UN COP24 climate talks at a spaceship-shaped conference center in Polish coal country. The nations of the world are meeting here to hash out a “rulebook” to help ensure…MORE

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