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Earth Day View Of The Americas
2014-04-22 09:34:20

NASA Today, April 22, 2014 is Earth Day, and what better way to celebrate than taking a look at our home planet from space. NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this stunning view of the Americas on Earth Day, April 22, 2014 at 11:45 UTC/7:45 a.m. EDT. The data from GOES-East was made into an image by the NASA/NOAA GOES Project at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. In North America, clouds associated with a cold front stretch from Montreal, Canada, south through the...

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2009-07-01 13:45:00

The rain band near the equator that determines the supply of freshwater to nearly a billion people throughout the tropics and subtropics has been creeping north for more than 300 years, probably because of a warmer world, according to research published in the July issue of Nature Geoscience.If the band continues to migrate at just less than a mile (1.4 kilometers) a year, which is the average for all the years it has been moving north, then some Pacific islands near the equator "“ even...

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2009-06-03 13:51:29

Experts say a nearly continuous band of colliding weather systems near the equator has been the birthplace of some of the world's strongest storms. Scientists call the region the Intertropical Convergence Zone, where winds from the northern and southern hemispheres clash. This mixture spawns violent thunderstorms that can tower up to 60,000 feet. Such storms are far higher than any commercial airliner could fly over and officials suspect the Air France jet carrying 228 people that crashed...


Word of the Day
attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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