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The Associated Press: Quake hits central Chile; no reports of deaths

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck central Chile Sunday night, the strongest and longest that many people said they had felt since a huge quake devastated the area two years ago. Some people were injured by falling ceiling material, but there were no reports of major damage or deaths due to quake-related accidents.
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It's a twice in a lifetime moment: the transit of Venus across the Sun | Science | The Observer

It's a twice in a lifetime moment: the transit of Venus across the Sun

On 6 June (06 / 06 / 12 = HM 6 / HM 6 / HM 3 = HM 6 ) , an event that takes place only four times every two centuries will enthral the world's astronomers, as it has ever since the 1600s – but now it can provide priceless data in the hunt for habitable planets in deep space


Evidence is piling up for water flowing on the surface Mars

Evidence is piling up for water flowing on the surface Mars

Last August, NASA's HiRISE orbiter spotted strange streaks on the Martian surface that most likely were the result of flowing water on the planet's surface. Now, eight months later, scientists still haven't come up with any better explanations.

That's important because of the old scientific maxim that "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." The existence of water flowing on Mars is just about as extraordinary a claim as one could make about the Red Planet - only proof of life on Mars would be a significantly bigger deal. And while we probably can't consider this 100% confirmed until we get a lander down on the planet to check out just what's causing the streaks in these craters, we can still examine all other competing explanations to see if any of those work better.

So far, salty brines and liquid water really do seem like the best way to account for what the researchers have dubbed recurring slope lineae, or RSL. As Scientific American reports, they have discovered these RSL now on about two dozen different slopes, and so far nobody has been able to come up with a plausible explanation for all these slopes that doesn't somehow involve the presence of liquid water. As University of Arizona researcher Alfred McEwen puts it, "No one has come up with alternative models that they believe. Nor have we."

As Previously discussed Fractal and Water come Hand in Hand


New research provokes more questions about the origin of the moon

( -- It’s beguiled watchers since before records were kept, and today still, it fills poets with pensive musings, and scientists with enchanting questions. Where did the moon come from, and how did it get there? The prevailing view is that a planet named Theia entered out solar system and banged into our planet with sufficient force to push some of the molten material from our planet into orbit. Over time, that material coalesced to form the moon. Now, new research from geophysical scientist Junjun Zhang and colleagues, suggests that such thinking might be wrong. In their paper published in Nature Geoscience, they find that in comparing titanium isotopes from both the moon and the Earth, that the match is too close to support the theory that the moon could have been made partly of material from another planet.
“Signs and symbols rule the world, not words nor laws.” -Confucius.

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