Rain, caves, and miracles: New study connects weather to ancient tales

A new study provides a possible scientific explanation for the existence of stories about ancient saints performing miracles with water.

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  • Ancient climate patterns can be determined by examining the ratios of various isotopes.
  • Isotopic signatures found in Italian cave stalagmites suggest that the Sixth Century was wetter than usual.
  • The study provides a partial explanation for the origin of stories about saints performing water miracles.
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    How do you get usable phosphorus into a system? A new study suggests lightning can do the trick.

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    • A chance discovery in suburban Illinois may change how we understand the dawn of life.
    • Among other things, life needs water-soluble phosphorus, which was hard to come by 3.5 billion years back.
    • This finding may imply that life has more opportunities to begin on other worlds than previously supposed.
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    Invest in this full-body dryer just in time for summer

    At the press of a button, the Viatek Body Dryer blasts temperature-controlled air to dry off your body.

    • Summer is right around the corner, which means swimming season is coming.
    • Avoid drips and puddles in the house with the convenient and powerful Viatek Body Dryer.
    • Save a ton of time and money on laundry by limiting towel use and drying off yourself and your pets with this body dryer.
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    Butterfly population collapse linked to climate change

    If we lose our pollinators, we'll soon lose everything else.

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    • New research has found that warmer autumns are driving the extinction of monarch butterflies.
    • Globally, 40 percent of insect populations are in decline; one-third are in danger of extinction.
    • Insects pollinate three-fourths of the world's crop supply, resulting in 1.4 billion jobs.
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    Massive 'space hurricane' made of plasma rained electrons over North Pole

    This storm rained electrons, shifted energy from the sun's rays to the magnetosphere, and went unnoticed for a long time.

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    • An international team of scientists has confirmed the occurrence of a "space hurricane" seven years ago.
    • The storm formed in the magnetosphere above the North Magnetic Pole.
    • The storm posed no risk to life on Earth, though it might have interfered with some electronics.
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