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PHOTOGRAPH BY NASA, ESA. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: JOSH LAKE
The universe seems to be expanding faster than all expectations
New evidence deepens a mystery around the Hubble constant, one of the most important numbers in cosmology.
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Is this the face of Mary Magdalene?Scientists have reconstructed a face based on an ancient skull—the famed Saint Maximin skull—long rumored to be the remains of one of the Catholic Church’s most infamous women.SEE THE SCIENCESHARE
ILLUSTRATION BY OWEN FREEMAN
Here’s how we’re taking evolution into our own handsLike other species, humans are the products of millions of years of adaptation. But a lot has happened since we evolved from knuckle-walkers—and the demands posed by new challenges have altered our genetic makeup.SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVESHARE
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The French Revolution not only toppled a king—it also forged the metric systemAs revolution raged in the 1790s, French scientists replaced a chaotic system of weights and measures with a unified way to calibrate and calculate.SUBSCRIBER EXCLUSIVESHARE
QUOTEWhat I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.

George SaundersWriter, on The Importance of Kindness 
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How an ancient revolt sparked the Festival of LightsThe popularity of Hanukkah has surged in modern times. But its origins date back to the turbulent centuries following the death of Alexander the Great.READ ONSHARE
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Here are some of the very first photos of snowflakesIn the late 1800s, a self-educated Vermont farmer named Wilson Bentley made the first successful image, or “photomicrograph,” of a single snowflake. This series of images, published in 1923, highlight the beauty and mystery of snow crystals.SEE THE PHOTOSSHARE
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Alaska islands may be part of single, massive volcanoPreliminary analysis of a far-flung island cluster suggests that what we thought were several small, independent volcanoes might actually be a single eruptive behemoth.

International Mountain Day – 11 December


International Mountain Day – 11 December

International Mountain Day Content Marketing Ideas

This day celebrates the rich landscape of mountains and aims to raise awareness for their conservation. This year’s theme is ‘mountain biodiversity’.

Content marketing ideas

  • Listicle idea: X Photography tips to capture the magnificence of mountains
  • Infographic idea: X Tools you need to start mountain climbing
  • Video idea: Here’s how indigenous cultures protect mountain ecosystems
  • Podcast idea: What kind of effort goes into organizing an expedition to Mt Everest?