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Earth contains buried chunks of an alien world that are 'millions of times larger than Mount Everest,' research suggests

Earth contains buried chunks of an alien world that are 'millions of times larger than Mount Everest,' research suggests

The word "Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Get the new Insider app - now available with updated featuresTwo crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.If you were to peer deep under Earth's crust, you'd spot two giant blobs of rock cupping the planet's core like a pair of hands.The source of these mysterious continent-sized formations — one under the Pacific Ocean, the other under Africa —has baffled geologists for four decades. that the massive rocks...

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A telescope submerged nearly a mile underwater in the world's deepest lake is hunting for ghostly particles from space

A telescope submerged nearly a mile underwater in the world's deepest lake is hunting for ghostly particles from space

The word "Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Get the new Insider app - now available with updated featuresTwo crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.A new telescope below the surface of the world's deepest lake has commenced a hunt for the universe's most elusive particles. These tiny particles, neutrinos, have almost no mass and no electrical charge, which makes them challenging to observe. Most neutrinos that exist today formed during the Big Bang,...

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Breathtaking Pic From Hawaii Shows Not One, But Two Rare Sky Phenomena

Breathtaking Pic From Hawaii Shows Not One, But Two Rare Sky Phenomena

In a stormy Hawaiian sky in July 2017, streaks of red and blue seemed to meet above a bed of white light. Cameras on the Gemini North telescope at the Gemini Observatory in Mauna Kea snapped a stunning picture of the multi-colored light show. The National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NOIRLab) released the photo on Wednesday as its . The lightning in the image "appears so otherworldly that it looks like it must be a special effect," NOIRLab said. It also published . These colorful lightning phenomena are aptly known as  and . They're extremely tricky to capture on camera:...

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Damning analysis of Trump's pandemic response suggested 40% of US COVID-19 deaths could have been avoided

Damning analysis of Trump's pandemic response suggested 40% of US COVID-19 deaths could have been avoided

The word "Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Something is loading.Loading...We’ve simplified our name. Now we’re just “Insider.” Thank you for reading!Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.About 40% of US COVID-19 deaths "could have been averted," a of President Donald Trump's public-health policies found.The report, published by the Lancet Commission, excoriated Trump's handling of the pandemic and general approach to public health. "He...

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A nano-chameleon with exceptionally large genitals is the world's smallest known reptile

A nano-chameleon with exceptionally large genitals is the world's smallest known reptile

The word "Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Something is loading.Loading...We’ve simplified our name. Now we’re just “Insider.” Thank you for reading!Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.The world's tiniest reptile is a male chameleon less than an inch long from nose tip to tail. It fits comfortably on a finger tip. published in the journal Scientific Reports, researchers described finding a single male and female member of the new species,...

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Mysterious, 20-million-year-old tunnels in the ancient ocean floor came from 6-foot-long carnivorous worms, a study found

Mysterious, 20-million-year-old tunnels in the ancient ocean floor came from 6-foot-long carnivorous worms, a study found

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Something is loading.Loading...Scientists in Taiwan noticed odd, L-shaped burrows in a set of rocks eight years ago. Since the rocks once sat on the Pacific Ocean floor, they thought the tunnels had been made by shrimp, or perhaps octopuses. But the shape and structure of the burrows didn't match those made by such creatures, and the mystery lingered.Now, it's been solved: The architects behind the tunnels were 6-foot-long worms that lived about 20 million...

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We've now found microplastics on the very highest and lowest points on Earth. Mount Everest is littered with them.

We've now found microplastics on the very highest and lowest points on Earth. Mount Everest is littered with them.

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Humans have managed to pollute the highest point on the planet.Tiny pieces of plastic sit in the snow just below the summit of Mount Everest, at 27,690 feet (8,400 meters) above sea level. These microplastics — fragments smaller than a fingernail that never fully breakdown — have also been found in human poop, Arctic ice, and 36,000 feet deep in the Pacific Ocean.Imogen Napper, a marine scientist, researches microplastics at the University of Plymouth — work...

November 20, 2020
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Russia enacted a national mask mandate. Trump still won't do so, though it could save an estimated 63,000 lives.

Russia enacted a national mask mandate. Trump still won't do so, though it could save an estimated 63,000 lives.

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Global coronavirus cases have hit .In the last week, Russia reported , its highest seven-day average yet. Cases there topped 17,000 for the first time ever Friday. The US, meanwhile, tallied more than 83,000 new cases on Friday — the country's highest ever.Russia's rising cases prompted Rospotrebnadzor, the government's health and consumer rights agency, to issue a national mask mandate .The stipulate that citizens must wear masks on public transportation,...

October 27, 2020
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The White House-backed 'Great Barrington Declaration' calling for herd immunity wouldn't just fail — it could lead to 640,000 deaths

The White House-backed 'Great Barrington Declaration' calling for herd immunity wouldn't just fail — it could lead to 640,000 deaths

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.The White House is applauding a new document drawn up earlier this month at in small-town Massachusetts, which falls neatly in line with the Trump Administration's own coronavirus plan: reopen, reopen, reopen.The letter,  (named after the 7,000 person Massachusetts town where it was drafted) was written by three scientists from Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard Universities, who lament the effect of the pandemic — and strategies to mitigate it — on society.The...

October 15, 2020
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After measuring radiation on the moon for the first time, scientists say a lunar base should be built underground to protect astronauts

After measuring radiation on the moon for the first time, scientists say a lunar base should be built underground to protect astronauts

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.NASA wants to build a permanent base on the moon by the 2030s — a place astronauts could stay for extended visits at the lunar south pole.But a new study found that any astronauts who go there would face levels of radiation nearly three times as high as what the astronauts on the space station deal with. Long-term exposure to enough of this cosmic radiation poses significant health risks, including cataracts, cancer, and diseases of the central nervous...

September 29, 2020
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