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Best images from this year's Perseid meteor shower

Best images from this year's Perseid meteor shower

Technology
The Perseid meteor shower dazzled spectators… again. The annual event takes place each year in early August. As the Earth passes through the debris left behind by the Swift-Tuttle comet's tail, an array of streaking lights is displayed across the night sky. Named for the constellation Perseus, because of where the meteors are viewed, the shower can be seen when looking toward the constellation in the northeastern portion of the sky between midnight and dawn. Let's block ads! (Why?) ABC News: Technology
1st images emerge of Thai boys in hospital after being rescued from flooded cave

1st images emerge of Thai boys in hospital after being rescued from flooded cave

World
The first video has emerged showing some of the 12 boys receiving treatment in a hospital after surviving more than two weeks inside a partly flooded cave in northern Thailand. The footage, released by Thai officials Wednesday, shows eight of the boys sitting up in their hospital beds, clad in hospital gowns and face masks. They wave to the camera, give the peace sign and press their hands together in prayer to show gratitude. All 12 boys were recently evacuated from Tham Luang Nang Non, Thailand’s longest cave, where they had been trapped inside with their soccer coach since June 23. The extensive search-and-rescue operation, which included more than 1,000 people from various nations, has now switched to a treatment process. The boys and their coach remain quarantined at Chiangr...
Facebook 'remembers' nude images to combat revenge porn

Facebook 'remembers' nude images to combat revenge porn

Technology
Facebook is testing a system that allows users to message themselves their nude photos in an effort to combat so-called revenge porn.It will store a "fingerprint" of images to prevent any copies of them being shared by disgruntled ex-lovers.The trial is in Australia, where studies suggest one in five women aged 18-45 may have had image-based abuse.But one expert says there will still be problems outside Facebook and related sites such as WhatsApp and Instagram.Facebook said it looked forward "to getting feedback and learning" from the trial.Revenge porn is a growing issue in Australia, according to e-safety commissioner Julie Inman Grant, who is working with Facebook on the trial."We see many scenarios where maybe photos or videos were taken consensually at one point, but there was not any...
Satellite images show wildfire smoke spreading across United States

Satellite images show wildfire smoke spreading across United States

Science
Sept. 5 (UPI) -- As showcased by new data and images collected by NASA satellites, wildfire smoke has spread out across much of the United States.More than 80 large wildfires are burning in nine Western states. As a result, many residents of the Western United States are dealing with poor air quality. Wildfire smoke can carry a number of harmful chemicals into the atmosphere, including methanol, benzene and ozone.According to AirNow, the Environmental Protection Agency's Air Quality Index website, large portions of California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho are blanketed by "hazardous" air.But not all of the smoke billowing into the atmosphere is staying put. West-to-east jet stream winds have carried large quantities of ash and soot across the heart of the country.Data collected by an ozone...