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Scientists Will Finally Drill Into the Dinosaur-Killing Impact Crater in Mexico

Sixty-six million years ago, planet Earth had a shit day when a six-mile-wide asteroid smashed into the Yucatán Peninsula, triggering a series of events that killed off the dinosaurs. Later this month, a scientific expedition will drill into the heart of Chicxulub crater for the very first time, seeking to learn more about the nature of that disaster.

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Maddie Stone

March 7th

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The LA Gas Leak Could Be Plugged as Soon as This Week

Under the most optimistic scenario, the catastrophic gas leak at Porter Ranch might be plugged by the end of this week, according to a recent announcement by a California state official. However, other state officials and the SoCalGas company warn it could take until the end of the month.

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Maddie Stone

February 8th

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Fukushima Reactor Debris Stands No Chance Against Toshiba’s Slicing, Dicing Robot

It’s already been almost five years since the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and the inspection and clean-up is going to last decades. Our best weapon? Amazing robots, like this one Toshiba announced on Monday.

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Bryan Lufkin

January 18th

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Shattering the World Record for Fracking Earthquakes is an Disconcerting Honor

Canada set a new world record for the largest earthquake ever triggered by fracking. Fantastic.

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Mika McKinnon

January 7th

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Shattering the World Record for Fracking Earthquakes is an Disconcerting Honor

Canada set a new world record for the largest earthquake ever triggered by fracking. Fantastic.

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Mika McKinnon

January 7th

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85 People Still Missing Following Another Industrial Disaster in China

Eighty-five people are still unaccounted for a day after a bizarre landslide struck the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. Experts say the landslide was not a natural disaster, but rather a human-made catastrophe triggered by the excessive piling of industrial waste.

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George Dvorsky

December 21st

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WWI and Climate Change Show How Bad We Are At Confronting Catastrophe

The onset of World War I and the current climate change crisis have a lot more in common than you might think. Here’s why the two historical events are eerily similar—and why it’s so damn hard for us to prevent a self-inflicted disaster that everyone knows is coming.

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George Dvorsky

December 2nd

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NASA Releases Harrowing New Photos of Last Year’s Antares Rocket Explosion

A little over a year ago, NASA’s Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with a Cygnus spacecraft onboard, suffered a “catastrophic anomaly” just moments after launch. NASA has now released a stunning new set of previously unseen photos chronicling the disaster.

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George Dvorsky

November 5th

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Disaster News Is Actually Making Us Less Scared To Live In Danger Zones

It’s a growing mystery: Why aren’t we more concerned about the increasing severity and frequency of natural disasters? A study published this week reveals all that disaster coverage is, paradoxically, increasing our “appetite for risk.” Uh oh.

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Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

October 9th

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Meet the Preppers Who Are Ready for the Next Massive Solar Storm

Hurricanes and blizzards are petty trifles compared with the weather phenomenon that troubles apocalypse preppers: They’re worried about a giant electromagnetic storm wiping out all technology .

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Maddie Stone

September 15th

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