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Record-breaking flare erupts from neighboring star

A giant flare that is 100 times more powerful than any flare our sun has ever released has erupted from a nearby star, a new study says. Proxima Centauri is our sun’s nearest stellar neighbor at 4 light-years, or 25 trillion miles, away. It’s a small, dim red dwarf star with just an eighth of…MORE

India’s health care system close to collapse

India’s health care system close to collapse

India’s health care system and other essential services are close to collapse as a second coronavirus wave that started in mid-March tears through the country with devastating speed. On Wednesday, the country saw its highest daily rise in infections and deaths since the start of the pandemic — 295,041 new Covid-19 cases and 2,023 fatalities…MORE

Lyrid meteor shower peaks predawn April 22. Here’s how to watch

Lyrid meteor shower peaks predawn April 22. Here’s how to watch

Every year from January to mid-April, we experience a “meteor drought,” without a single shower for months. That all ends April 22 this year with the first show of the season: the annual Lyrid meteor shower. “These dazzling meteors are fast and bright, with a striking golden trail of dust streaking behind them,” CNN meteorologist…MORE

Tyrannosaurus rex walked surprisingly slowly, new study finds

Tyrannosaurus rex was a fearsome predator, but it sure wasn’t a particularly fast mover. In fact, most humans could easily keep up with the dinosaur without breaking a sweat. T. rex would have covered just under 3 miles in an hour — a speed similar to that of humans and many other animals — at…MORE

This is what an asteroid looks like after playing tag with a spacecraft

This is what an asteroid looks like after playing tag with a spacecraft

When NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft swept in to collect a sample from the asteroid Bennu in October 2020, it left a noticeable mark. New images captured by the spacecraft after a close flyby of the asteroid April 7 show the aftermath following the brief touchdown of OSIRIS-REx, which had collected 2 ounces of rocky material. During…MORE

What the pandemic’s new normal looks like around the world, according to readers

What the pandemic’s new normal looks like around the world, according to readers

Across the globe, the coronavirus pandemic has brought isolation, shut down travel and shown there are few places to hide from a virus that preys on impatience. But this time of extremis has also yielded unexpected moments of humanity, personal connections and insight about the world, say “Meanwhile” readers. Marcia, who in October moved from…MORE

Faltering vaccine supplies in India is bad news for the world

Faltering vaccine supplies in India is bad news for the world

The world’s biggest vaccine producer is running out of Covid-19 shots as it struggles to keep pace with a huge surge in new infections. India typically produces more than 60% of all vaccines sold globally, and is home to the Serum Institute of India (SII), the globe’s largest vaccine maker. This vast manufacturing capability is why the country is a major…MORE

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