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Sanctuary on side of Mexican volcano could be universe model

Mexican archaeologists say they have excavated a stone sanctuary in a pond on the side of a volcano east of Mexico City that may have been built as a miniature model of the universe. The National Institute of Anthropology and History says the remnants of the stone “tetzacualco” were in the center of a natural pond below the Iztaccihuatl volcano at an elevation of nearly 13,000 feet. In addition to the sanctuary, decorative pieces associated with the rain god Tlaloc were found nearby. Archaeologist Iris del Rocio Hernandez Bautista says some Mesoamerican creation myths hold that the earth monster Cipactli floated on primeval waters and then split itself, thus creating the heavens and earth. She says the site at Nahualac could emulate that...

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Operation Ice: Melting the Heart of Man

Greenland’s Inuit people have been living on the ice for thousands of years, but in the winter of 1963, they noticed glaciers melting in the winter for the first time. Decades later, a team of NASA scientists would be the first to prove that Greenland’s ice sheet was, in fact, melting. Now, during a time of unprecedented change in the Earth’s climate, NASA’s Operation IceBridge scientists are gathering data in Greenland to help the world understand how ice melt impacts people around the globe—most dramatically—by extreme weather events like the hurricanes of...

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More than half of Norway's new cars electrified: data

Getting to use the bus lane is just one of the perks of owning an electric car in Norway (AFP Photo/Pierre-Henry DESHAYES) More Oslo (AFP) – Electric or hybrid vehicles accounted for more than half of all new cars sold in Norway last year, official data showed on Wednesday, confirming the country’s pioneering role in carbon-free transport. Zero-emission, mainly all-electric as well as a few hydrogen-powered cars, accounted for 20.9 percent of total sales in 2017, while hybrid vehicles accounted for 31.3 percent, including 18.4 percent for plug-in hybrids, the Norwegian Road Federation (OFV) calculated. This represents an increase...

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The Two Koreas Have Reopened a Key Communications Channel

(SEOUL) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reopened a key cross-border communication channel with South Korea for the first time in nearly two years Wednesday as the rivals explored the possibility of sitting down and talking after months of acrimony and fears of war. Even among the sudden signs of easing animosity, however, President Donald Trump threatened Kim with nuclear war. In his New Year’s address Monday, Kim said he was willing to send a delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea. But he also said he has a “nuclear button” on his desk and that all U.S. territory is within striking distance of his nuclear weapons, comments Trump latched onto Tuesday when he boasted of a bigger and more...

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A Businessman Arrested for Making a Bomb Threat Says He Was Just Trying to Check His Flight Status

Vinod Moorjani says he was simply checking the status of his “Bom-Del” flight between Mumbai (formerly Bombay) and New Delhi More An Indian man charged with making a bomb threat on New Year’s Eve says he was only trying to determine the status of his flight between Mumbai and Delhi. Vinod Moorjani, the CEO of a U.S.-based IT firm, was arrested at Mumbai International Airport on Dec. 31 after he was misheard by an airport helpline operator while requesting an update on his flight, the Guardian reports. Authorities allege that Moorjani, who was traveling with his family to Virginia,...

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