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  • Southern Lights (Aurora Australias): A rare video from above

    Southern Lights (Aurora Australias): A rare video from above

    Check out this video of the Southern Lights, a.k.a. Aurora Australias taken from aboard the International Space Station.

  • Fall books: 20 nonfiction titles you don't want to miss

    Fall books: 20 nonfiction titles you don't want to miss

    From the energy crisis to The Doors, from Hitler’s Germany to Rin Tin Tin, here are the nonfiction titles that have readers buzzing this fall.

  • Why Obama is pumping up his rhetoric

    The Vote Why Obama is pumping up his rhetoric

    President Obama is way down in the polls. The only politicians with lower approval ratings are those in Congress, which may explain why Obama is blaming them for "holding back this country."

  • Snow in New Zealand: Pleading for end to epic wintery blast

    Global News Blog Snow in New Zealand: Pleading for end to epic wintery blast

    A strong Antarctic front continued to dump record amounts of snow across New Zealand on Wednesday. But for many in New Zealand, the wintery blast is just too much to handle.

  • Huzzah, summer solstice? At South Pole, winter solstice is party time.

    Huzzah, summer solstice? At South Pole, winter solstice is party time.

    Tuesday is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. For research teams toiling at the South Pole, though, it's the winter solstice and, oh boy, are they happy about it!

  • Reader recommendation: The Worst Journey in the World

    Monitor readers share their favorite book picks.

  • The five coldest places on Earth

    The five coldest places on Earth

    Noticed a chill in the air? You're not alone. A blast of subzero temperatures has swept the Northeast, closing schools, stalling cars, and collectively freezing billions of nose hairs. The coldest temperature on Monday was recorded in New York's Adirondack Mountains, where Lake Saranac saw a low of –36°F. Boston woke up to temperatures of –2°F, actually colder than parts of the Arctic Circle. Many Americans outside the Northeast weren't much warmer. Even Tallahassee, Fla., saw temperatures drop to 25°F. Outside the US, South Koreans are seeing the lowest temperatures in almost a century, prompting the government to require public agencies to keep the thermostat set below 64°F to save energy. Still, these temperatures are downright balmy when compared to some places on Earth. Here's a list of sites that will make today seem like T-shirt weather.

  • In Pictures Space photos of the day: Visions of the future

    NASA's recently announced Solar Sail demonstration mission will deploy and operate a sail area 7 times larger than ever flown in space with potential applicability to a wide range of future space missions, including use in an advanced space weather warning system to provide more timely and accurate notice of solar flare activity.

  • Watch Northern Lights live from near the Arctic Circle tonight

    Watch Northern Lights live from near the Arctic Circle tonight

    A new web site shows the Northern lights, also called the aurora borealis, live starting at 10 p.m. each night courtesy of the Canadian Space Agency. The prime northern lights viewing season is August through May.

  • Aurora Australis: Amazing light show seen from space

    Aurora Australis: Amazing light show seen from space

    Aurora Australis was captured on film by astronauts on the International Space station during a solar storm.