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  • NPR: Nuclear-test monitor calls Tonga volcano blast "biggest thing that we've ever seen"

    The explosive volcanic eruption in Tonga on Saturday appears to dwarf the largest nuclear detonations ever conducted, according to a global group that monitors for atomic testing. The shockwave from the blast was so powerful that it was detected as far away as Antarctica, says Ronan Le Bras, a geophysicist with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization in Vienna, Austria, which oversees an international network of remote monitoring stations.

  • LFP: Why this London researcher wants to take the air out of balloon releases

    If a Western University doctoral student has his way, intentional balloon releases — a staple of birthday parties, weddings and other celebrations — would be a thing of the past. “Every balloon that is released into the environment ends up as litter,” said Brendon Samuels, a PhD candidate in biology.

  • Weather Network: Meteorite that nearly hit B.C. woman may be 470 million years old

    In early October 2021, Ruth Hamilton was sleeping soundly in her Golden, B.C., home when she was awakened by the noise of her dog's frantic barking. Moments later, a boom was heard as the ceiling of her bedroom was torn open and drywall strewn across her bed sheets. The result was a football-sized hole in her roof.

  • CBC: Western scientists study meteorite made famous after crashing into B.C. woman's bedroom

    A meteorite that ripped through a roof and landed inches from a B.C. woman's head is believed to be around 470 million years old, Western researchers say. Ruth Hamilton of Golden, B.C. was woken abruptly on the night of Oct. 3, when the small charcoal grey rock the size of a melon broke through her ceiling and landed between her floral pillowcases. "It was very exciting getting it because any time you see a new meteorite, it's kind of like Christmas Day," said adjunct professor Phil McCausland, who leads the investigation.