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The deserts are greening, and the permafrost is melting ... if we have enough sense, and enough fresh water, this warmer Earth might be a great place ... | World map using satellite data showing the per cent amount that foliage cover has changed around the world from 1982 to 2010.

from WIRED

Telstar 1: The Little Satellite That Created the Modern World 50 Years Ago

JULY The Telstar 1 satelite was launched into orbit. Telstar 1 transmitted tv signals and other communications across the ocean for the first time.. image: Telstar The Little Satellite That Created the Modern World 50 Years Ago | Wired Science |

Two teams of astronomers have discovered the largest and farthest reservoir of water ever detected in the universe. The water, equivalent to 140 trillion times all the water in the world's ocean, surrounds a huge, feeding black hole, called a quasar, more than 12 billion light-years away.

Located on the western edge of the Sahara desert at central Mauritania in northwest Africa, there is a giant circle called Richat Structure, whose diameter ranges as long as 38km. It is made of quartzite.

from the Guardian

Free access to British scientific research within two years

research papers that describe work paid for by the British taxpayer will be free online for universities, companies and individuals to use for any purpose, wherever they are in the world.

from news.yahoo.com

'Iceman' Mummy Holds World's Oldest Blood Cells

Individual images taken of Venus in one year to create a full curve. The summer solstice being at the top, winter solstice at the bottom, and equinox where they lines cross. - Imgur