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11:36am

Thu March 8, 2012
The Two-Way

Solar Storm Goes Easy On Earth — But More Are Sure To Come, NASA Says

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 10:07 am

The sun-orbiting SOHO spacecraft captured this image of filaments erupting off the sun's surface and magnetic plasma blasting into space. The field of view of this image, seen in ultraviolet light, extends some 1.243 million miles from the solar surface.
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7:17am

Thu March 8, 2012

2:52pm

Wed March 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Sun Sends Solar Flares Speeding Toward Earth; Will Hit Thursday [VIDEO]

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 10:15 am

This image of a huge and powerful solar flare was captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory Tuesday.
NASA

The sun ejected two huge solar flares Tuesday, and NASA says that we here on Earth may notice the effects of magnetic fields and ionized gases that it estimates will arrive around 1:25 a.m. ET Thursday. So, if you detect some electronic interference — say, your GPS doesn't work right — blame it on the sun.

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1:31pm

Wed March 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Scientists Say They've 'Cornered' The Elusive 'God Particle'

Originally published on Wed March 7, 2012 3:37 pm

Fermilab and the Tevatron sit in the Illinois countryside near Chicago.
AP

Scientists from Fermilab say they've basically "cornered" the elusive Higgs boson — that's the particle that some have nicknamed the "God Particle," because it is thought to give atoms mass and is also a key component of the Standard Model.

This is complicated stuff, of course, but essentially the scientists at Fermilab say they found a bump in their data that suggests the existence of the particle. That bump corresponds to the evidence scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have found.

Here's a bit of explanation from the Fermilab press release:

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2:08pm

Sun March 4, 2012
Science

Meteorite Hunter Scours The Ground For Bits Of Sky

Originally published on Sun March 4, 2012 5:03 pm

One of Ruben Garcia's favorite spots to go meteorite hunting is an enormous dry lake bed in southern Arizona.
Courtesy Jana Becker

Every so often, pieces of heaven crash into Earth.

They can come from our own solar system, or millions of light years away. Few of us are lucky enough to get our hands on one of these space rocks. But for meteorite hunters and dealers such as Ruben Garcia, touching a piece of outer space is a daily routine.

The Best Hunting Grounds

One of Garcia's favorite spots to go meteorite hunting is an enormous dry lake bed in southern Arizona.

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