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Rejoice! Summer Is About To Begin!

Rejoice! Summer Is About To Begin!

With the days getting progressively longer and warmer in the Northern Hemisphere, summer may appear to be well under way. However, though the meteorological season began on June 1, 2019, the astronomical season will not start until June 21, 2019. Also known as the June solstice, it is the day when the North Pole is most inclined toward the sun, which means that everyone living north of the equator will experience the year's longest day and shortest night. For Southern Hemisphere residents, the date heralds the official start of winter, resulting in the shortest day and longest night of the year.

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Gold-Encrusted Fungi Discovered In Australia

Gold-Encrusted Fungi Discovered In Australia

If you think humans are the only ones that like a little bling, you are in for a surprise. Australian scientists have discovered a new pink and fluffy fungus that adorns its long, thread-like tendrils with tiny flecks of gold collected from the soil. The experts hope the "gold-digger" will provide them with clues on the locations of gold deposits and make prospecting for the precious metal easier, and more environmentally friendly.

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The Rush To Summit Mount Everest Proves Fatal For Some Adventurers

The Rush To Summit Mount Everest Proves Fatal For Some Adventurers

Reaching the summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain, is every climber's dream. However, despite improvements in equipment and weather forecasting systems, the treacherous trek continues to claim a few lives annually. But with eleven deaths already reported this year, the 2019 season has been the deadliest since 2014, when fourteen Sherpas, who act as guides and help carry the climbers' gear, lost their lives after an icefall ledge collapsed.

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"Rain Cloud" On Weather Radar Turns Out To Be A Ladybug Swarm

"Rain Cloud" On Weather Radar Turns Out To Be A Ladybug Swarm

At about 9:00 p.m. on June 4th, 2019, Joe Dandrea, a meteorologist working the late shift at the National Weather Service (NWS) station just north of San Diego, CA, noticed what appeared to be a large rain cloud on the radar. However, upon peering closer, he realized the "cloud" comprised a huge mass of tiny, flying dots.

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The 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee Ends In A Historic Eight-Way Tie!

The 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee Ends In A Historic Eight-Way Tie!

Though the Scripps National Spelling Bee has crowned two co-champions on rare occasions — five times in the past 91 years, to be exact — the number of joint winners has never risen beyond that. However, history was made on May 31, 2019, when Rishik Gandhasri, Erin Howard, Saketh Sundar, Shruthika Padhy, Sohum Sukhatankar, Abhijay Kodali, Christopher Serrao, and Rojan Raja became the prestigious competition's first "octo-champions." In addition to the coveted title, the middle school students from five states — New Jersey, Texas, Alabama, Maryland and California — each took home an engraved trophy and a cash prize of $50,000.

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Understanding President Donald Trump's Trade War With China And Mexico

Understanding President Donald Trump's Trade War With China And Mexico

On Thursday, May 30, 2019, US President Donald Trump announced plans to impose a 5 percent tariff on all Mexican imports by June 10, 2019. He also warned of the possibility of increasing the tax to 25 percent if Mexico does not take immediate action "to dramatically reduce" the number of migrants that illegally cross the border into the United States daily.

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National Donut Day Is Just A Week Away!

National Donut Day Is Just A Week Away!

To say that Americans love donuts is an understatement. A 2017 survey conducted by Dawn Foods, a global manufacturer and ingredients supplier to bakeries worldwide, found that the average US resident eats 31 donuts a year — or about two or three a month. The consumption, of course, goes up exponentially on National Donut Day, which this year will be celebrated on June 7, 2019!

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