The northern lights danced over Fairbanks, Alaska

The northern lights, or aurora borealis, are a frequent visitor at high latitudes during the long nights of winter. In central and northern Alaska, they can usually be seen on more than half of clear nights when skies are dark enough. (During the summertime, “polar day” means the sun never sets, making it impossible to see the spectacle.)

Trying your luck in the dead of winter is ordinarily the best bet, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Fairbanks hasn’t recorded a temperature above zero in a week.

Despite the frigid air, clear skies and calm winds have allowed

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Face masks can be recycled into roads to rid pandemic waste


A sample of a recycled road-making material, which blends shredded single-use face masks with processed building rubble, made by engineers at RMIT University in Australia.

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Tangling animals’ legs together, floating across city streets and swimming in oceans after journeying through sewers, face masks have found themselves in just about every nook and cranny of the environment since the pandemic began.

The litter visible today is just a glimpse of what a post-pandemic world could look like, but one team of engineers from Australia propose a solution to the growing waste problem: recycle masks into roads.

Not only would

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What is a holepunch cloud? Texans takes in this unusual phenomenon

An interesting sight was spotted by individuals in Midland, Texas of a cloud known as “Hole Punch” cloud or “Fallstreaks” Tuesday afternoon.

The cloud received its name due to the resemblance of a circular gap in the middle of a cloudy sky and giving the appearance of cloud streaks falling from the center. This is a rare phenomenon that can be explained with science.

The event takes place in mid-level clouds that are made up of what are called supercooled water droplets, water below the freezing state of 32 degrees, but not entirely frozen as it remains suspended in air

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‘Smallest reptile on earth’ discovered

a close up of a frog: The Brookesia has a body just 13.5mm long

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The Brookesia has a body just 13.5mm long

Scientists believe they may have discovered the smallest reptile on earth – a chameleon subspecies that is the size of a seed.

Two of the tiny lizards were discovered by a German-Madagascan expedition team in Madagascar.

The male Brookesia nana, or nano-chameleon, has a body of just 13.5 mm.

This makes it the smallest of around 11,500 known species of reptiles, according to the Bavarian State collection of Zoology in Munich.

Its length from top to tail is 22mm.

The female is far bigger at around 29mm, the institute said,

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Herzing University Online Programs Earn More National Recognition

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MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., Feb. 3, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — For the ninth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Herzing University’s online learning programs among the best in the nation.

Herzing’s online bachelor’s degree programs were included in the publication’s 2021 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings. Herzing’s online MBA and online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs were also recognized as leading online graduate programs.

The publication also included Herzing’s online bachelor’s programs in a list of the

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Big office, retail center may revamp downtown Burlingame

BURLINGAME — A big office and retail complex is slated to sprout next to a shuttered post office in downtown Burlingame, a project that could refresh the Peninsula city’s central business district.

The project would total 185,000 square feet and be built next to the former U.S. Postal Service office at 220 Park Road in downtown Burlingame.

A joint venture of Sares Regis Group of Northern California and Dostart Development Company intends to begin construction on the project during the third quarter of this year.

The developers expect to complete the project, which has been approved by the Burlingame City

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