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Surprise discovery of rare plant at Norfolk ‘ghost pond’

Surprise discovery of rare plant at Norfolk ‘ghost pond’

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Thailand: Rare whale skeleton discovered

Thailand: Rare whale skeleton discovered

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Hubble Telescope used to study rare metal asteroid

Hubble Telescope used to study rare metal asteroid

Technology
An asteroid made of iron and nickel first discovered in 1852 could have been a protoplanet, according to scientists.The Hubble Space Telescope was used to study the asteroid, named 16 Psyche, during two points in its rotation. Dr Tracy Becker, a scientist from the Southwest Research Institute, said: "We've seen meteorites that are mostly metal, but Psyche could be unique in that it might be an asteroid that is totally made of iron and nickel." Image: NASA plan to study the asteroid in a 2026 mission. Pic: Maxar/ASU/P. Rubin/NASA/JPL-Caltech She added: "Earth has a metal core, a mantle and crust. It's possible that as a Psyche protoplanet was forming, it was struck by another object in our solar system and lost its mantle and crust."Fi...
Northern California wildfire spawns rare firenado

Northern California wildfire spawns rare firenado

Science
Northern California was alerted to a rare tornado warning unlike any other by the National Weather Service -- a fire tornado. Sure enough, a fiery tornado was spotted shortly after the warning on Saturday near the Nevada border, where a large wildfire, winds and extreme temperatures combined to create a dangerous storm. Advertisement The Reno office of the National Weather Service knew the mixture of 60 mph winds with pyrocumulonimbus clouds from the Loyalton Wildfire could produce a fire-induced tornado. The forecasters warned the conditions posed "an extremely dangerous situation for firefighters." "The Loyalton Fire to the east of the Sierra Valley exploded most impressively this afternoon, with a very large pyrocumulus and reports of fire tornadoes," the NWS warning said. "Due to the...
Assam flooding: Several rare rhinos die in India’s Kaziranga park

Assam flooding: Several rare rhinos die in India’s Kaziranga park

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More than 100 wild animals, including at least eight rare rhinos, have died in recent flooding at a national park in north-eastern India, officials say.The Kaziranga park in Assam state is home to the world's largest population of one-horned rhinos, which faced extinction at the turn of the century.But this year's monsoon rains have almost 85% of the park under water.The floods have killed more than 200 people and displaced millions in Assam, Nepal and Bangladesh.Kaziranga park, which is a Unesco World Heritage site, is home to at least 2,400 one-horned rhinos.Park officials told the Hindustan Times eight one-horned rhinos had drowned in the recent rains, while another died of natural causes last month.The park that shoots people...