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Sierra Leone mourns 100 children among dead in massive flooding

View photos The government of Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world, has promised relief to more than 3,000 people left homeless (AFP Photo/SAIDU BAH) More Freetown (AFP) – Sierra Leone began a week of mourning Wednesday as it emerged that 105 children were among more than 300 people who perished in mudslides and torrential flooding, in one of the country’s worst natural disasters. With 600 people still missing in Freetown, President Ernest Bai Koroma described the humanitarian challenge ahead as “overwhelming”. He said flags would fly at half-mast and called for urgent help after visiting...

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Total solar eclipse 2017: What is it and what will happen?

You’ve probably heard by now to watch out for a total solar eclipse in the United States on Aug. 21. But do you know exactly what it is and what will happen when it occurs? Here’s what you need to know: What is a total solar eclipse? To truly understand a total solar eclipse, you must be familiar with the different types of eclipses. An eclipse is when one astronomical body, such as a moon or planet, moves into the shadow of another astronomical body. There are two types of eclipses on Earth: a lunar eclipse and a solar eclipse. A lunar eclipse occurs when Earth moves between the sun and the moon, with its shadow blocking the sunlight that causes the moon...

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Google Lunar XPRIZE teams get more time and more cash incentives for moon shots

The Google Lunar XPRIZE finalists now have $4.75 million more to shoot for with the moon missions they’re planning, and more time to shoot for the moon as well. The competition was set up a decade ago to encourage commercial moon exploration, with Google donating the prize money and the nonprofit XPRIZE organization handling the logistics. A grand prize of $20 million was set aside to the first privately funded team to land a probe on the moon, get it to move at least 500 meters (yards) on the surface, and have it send back high-definition video and images. The… Read...

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