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The Tonga volcano on December 24 2021 as seen from a satellite. The eruption turned explosive, in what nuclear monitors say was the biggest bang they've ever recorded. Maxar hide caption

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The island of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai as imaged by the satellite company Maxar on Jan. 6 (left) and Jan. 18 (right). It was obliterated in a volcanic eruption that scientists estimate was 10 megatons in size. Satellite image ©2022 Maxar Technologies hide caption

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NASA scientists estimate Tonga blast at 10 megatons

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Licensed practical nurse Yokasta Castro, of Warwick, R.I., draws a Moderna COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe. The vaccines have now been linked to minor changes in menstruation, but are still considered safe. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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COVID vaccines may briefly change your menstrual cycle, but you should still get one

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'Vacuuming animal DNA out of air' may be a way to track wild endangered species

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Disinformation fueled 2021, and 2022 will likely see the same

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Biologist E.O. Wilson, who influenced how people see evolution and nature, dies at 92

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In October, Eric Trump, son of the former president, spoke to a conference filled with anti-vaccine activists. Screenshot by NPR/Bitchute hide caption

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Inside the growing alliance between anti-vaccine activists and pro-Trump Republicans

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Pro-Trump counties now have far higher COVID death rates. Misinformation is to blame

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What a telescope in Australia detected that began a search for alien life

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Debris from Russia's antisatellite weapons test is a hazard for ISS astronauts

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Dr. Lee Merritt is a orthopedic and spinal surgeon who spreads misinformation about COVID-19. She is affiliated with a prominent right-wing group known as America's Frontline Doctors. R. Kellman/Screenshot from Rumble hide caption

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A doctor spread COVID misinformation and renewed her license with a mouse click

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China's DF-17 missile is a medium-range hypersonic weapon capable of traveling over five times the speed of sound. Mark Schiefelbein/AP hide caption

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Behind murky claim of a new hypersonic missile test, there lies a very real arms race

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Researchers who helped shape our understanding of climate change win Nobel Prize

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