Mar 312014


Find out why there was red dust on your car this morning
This satellite image shows dust from the Sahara Desert being dragged up to northern Europe (Picture:

Drivers across Britain were left slightly confused after finding a thin coating of red dust on their cars.

Thanks to an uncommon weather pattern, small specks of sand have been picked up from the Sahara desert and made their way north through Europe.

So while there are certainly no camels or palm trees in Reigate, the market town in the foothills of the North Downs did receive a small taste of North Africa:

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Mar 262014

A surprise monster may be lurking in our solar system. A newly discovered dwarf planet has grabbed the crown as the most distant known object in our solar system – and its orbit hints at a giant, unseen rocky world, 10 times the mass of Earth and orbiting far beyond Pluto.

The dwarf planet, for now dubbed 2012 VP113 because it was spotted in images taken in November 2012 – is an interesting discovery in itself. Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington DC and his colleagues found that it is a lump of rock and ice 450 kilometres wide and lies at 80 astronomical units from the sun at its closest approach (1 AU is Earth’s distance from the sun).

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Mar 172014

Eritrea: Hail storm dumps metre of ice on capital

Aftermath of the hail storm in Eritrea's capital Asmara

A freak rain storm has dumped as much as 1m (3ft) of hail on Asmara, capital of Eritrea, in what appears to b

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