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Newborn star puts on a stunning light show

Newborn star puts on a stunning light show

The glowing region in this new image from the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope is a reflection nebula known as IC 2631. These objects are clouds of cosmic dust that reflect light from a nearby star into space, creating a stunning light show like the one captured here. IC 2631 is the brightest nebula in the Chamaeleon Complex, a large region of gas and dust clouds that harbours numerous newborn and still-forming stars. The complex lies about 500 light-years away in the southern constellation of Chamaeleon.

IC 2631 is illuminated by the star HD 97300, one of the youngest — as well as most massive and brightest — stars in its neighbourhood. This region is full of star-making material, which is made evident by the presence of dark nebulae noticeable above and below IC 2631 in this picture. Dark nebulae are so dense with gas and dust that they prevent the passage of background starlight.
Source: Newborn star puts on a stunning light show
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Earthquake 'swarm' rattles village in New Brunswick, Canada

Earthquake 'swarm' rattles village in New Brunswick, Canada

McAdam again hit by dozens of small quakes as seismologists search for answers

A swarm of small earthquakes is again rattling residents in the southwestern New Brunswick village of McAdam.

Officially, nine earthquakes hit the area on Monday night alone, coming on the heels of more than 23 temblors recorded since Feb. 1.

Mayor Frank Carroll estimates there were 20 to 30 small quakes on Monday night, with many of them not picked up by monitoring equipment located about 95 kilometres away in St. George. One of them registered 3.3 in magnitude.

No injuries have been reported and damage has been minor.

"Some people kind of describe it as a bomb going off," said Carroll.

"The community was really on edge on Monday," he said. "It was a horrific day in the world of earthquakes for us."

The village is giving all residents an "earthquake safety action plan," advising them on what to do if the quakes worsen.

Lindsey Wilson says a quake rattled her windows hard enough to break one of them.

"We've had some damage to our house. We've actually had a window get cracked on Sunday night," Wilson said.

A seismologist with Natural Resources Canada says it isn't known whether the small quakes are a precursor to a larger one.

"Magnitude 3.3 was quite a bit bigger than they had before," said John Adams. "But the pattern of activity is unpredictable."
Source: Earthquake 'swarm' rattles village in New Brunswick, Canada
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Department of Justice Sues Ferguson, Which Reversed Course on Agreement - New York Times

Department of Justice Sues Ferguson, Which Reversed Course on Agreement - New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice filed a civil rights lawsuit against Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday, less than a day after the city rejected an agreement to overhaul its beleaguered criminal justice system and address allegations of widespread ...
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Source: Department of Justice Sues Ferguson, Which Reversed Course on Agreement - New York Times
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Chris Christie suspends his presidential campaign - Washington Post

Chris Christie suspends his presidential campaign - Washington Post

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Source: Chris Christie suspends his presidential campaign - Washington Post
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Mysterious Michigan fissure is a strange geological phenomenon

Mysterious Michigan fissure is a strange geological phenomenon

The enigmatic Menominee crack is indeed a strange geological phenomenon. It stands even today as a mystery of history.

Seismology experts have been closely observing a crack that appeared in Menominee, Michigan about half a dozen years ago. They may be close to discovering the real reason behind this crevice.

The study was published this week in the journal Seismological Research Letters. Existing in the rustic locale of the Michigan woods, this mysterious fissure has puzzled geologists since its first appearance in 2010. A group of scientists have conjectured that it is a pop-up feature. It is at a spot that lies along a ridge.

The phenomenon known as a pop-up is basically when rocks buried near the earth wedge outwards after being pressurized by ice or stones. They are often termed A-tents due to their peculiar shape.

Usually after a glacier has receded, the earth crops up in the form of a widow's peak. Or the rocks are displaced and the particular formation gets exposed in the shape of a quarry.
Source: Mysterious Michigan fissure is a strange geological phenomenon
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How the Chinese handle corruption: Jiantao culture and the Flint water crisis

How the Chinese handle corruption: Jiantao culture and the Flint water crisis

Jiantao is a public punishment primarily inflicted on high-ranking Chinese government officials. Corrupt politicians who have taken bribes, engaged in graft, or otherwise put their self-interest above the Chinese people, get on national Chinese television and apologize for their misdeeds in exchange for a lighter prison sentence or fine.

According to the Wall Street Journal's Andrew Browne, individuals convicted of serious crimes in China are currently giving televised confessions in exchange for leniency. Browne's column describes how individuals like British corporate investigator Peter Humphrey and the owners of fast-food meat supplier OSI have been subjected to harsh, humiliating treatment by the Chinese government. Browne's February 2 column decries this revival of Chinese communist "Jiantao Culture" by President Xi Jinping as totalitarian, and traces its origins to the practices of Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong.

Browne's column contains some obvious hypocrisy. While Browne sees televised confessions as extremely cruel, US society is filled with vengeful correctional procedures that are much worse by any objective measure. The United States has the world's highest prison population by numbers and percentage. Human Rights Watch has released a recent report documenting routine human rights violations across the country.

When one compares the human rights violations of the United States with the "Jiantao Culture" Browne describes in China, an obvious difference is very apparent.
Source: How the Chinese handle corruption: Jiantao culture and the Flint water crisis
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Flint Michigan issues boil water advisory over bacteria fears

Flint Michigan issues boil water advisory over bacteria fears

The city of Flint, Michigan advised many residents to boil their water, after a water main break stoked fears of bacterial contamination. The city is struggling with a long-running crisis of lead pollution in the municipal water supply.

After a drop in the city's water supply, Flint authorities released an advisory Tuesday, warning residents that "bacterial contamination may have occurred." Corrective measures are currently underway, the city of Flint said in a statement.

While bacteria are common in water supplies and are generally not harmful, city officials are warning residents with water filters to boil tap water for one minute and then let it cool before use. Residents not using filters are asked to flush the water for seven minutes before collecting any to boil, to make sure there is no loose sediment trapped in the water.
Source: Flint Michigan issues boil water advisory over bacteria fears
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Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie end presidential bids - Los Angeles Times

Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie end presidential bids - Los Angeles Times

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Source: Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie end presidential bids - Los Angeles Times
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Frequent ash emissions in progress at Karymsky volcano, Russia

Frequent ash emissions in progress at Karymsky volcano, Russia

The moderate eruptive activity of Karymsky volcano, Kamchatka continues, KVERT reported. Ash plume was observed rising about 1 km (3 280 feet) above the sea level and drifting 111 km (69 miles) NE from the volcano on February 6, 2016. Tokyo's Volcanic Ash...... Read more »
Source: Frequent ash emissions in progress at Karymsky volcano, Russia
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Indian Point tritium leak 80% worse than originally reported

Indian Point tritium leak 80% worse than originally reported

New measurements at the Indian Point nuclear power plant in upstate New York show levels of radioactive tritium 80 percent higher than reported last week. Plant operator insists the spill is not dangerous, as state officials call for a safety probe.

Entergy, which operates the facility 25 miles (40 km) north of New York City, says the increased levels of tritium represent "fluctuations that can be expected as the material migrates."
Source: Indian Point tritium leak 80% worse than originally reported
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You kidding me? Israeli paliament panel summons foreign media over 'biased' coverage

You kidding me? Israeli paliament panel summons foreign media over 'biased' coverage

Angry journalists, who initially boycotted the session, describe subcommittee's claims to be part of a 'witch hunt,' and slam Israel's 'authoritarian' efforts to clamp down on the media.

A subcommittee of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee called in members of the Foreign Press Association on Tuesday to discuss their reporting of terrorism and the occupation in Israel. Along with the invitation to the session, FPA members received a questionnaire relating to the "biased coverage" of some of the media outlets.

Angered by the request to discuss the content of their reports, the organization initially decided to boycott the meeting. However, FPA head Luke Baker eventually relented after a conversation with MK Tzipi Livni (Zionist Camp), the head of the Subcommittee for Foreign Policy, Public Relations, and the Political Struggle.

In a conversation with Haaretz in advance of the session, Baker, Reuters' bureau chief, said: "We agreed to come and hear what they had to say, although on the face of it, this looks like an attempt at a witch hunt."
Source: You kidding me? Israeli paliament panel summons foreign media over 'biased' coverage
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