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Why Hurricane Patricia Wasn’t The Most Devastating Storm Ever

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Hurricane Patricia, viewed from the International Space Station at night. Image Source: Mashable

Hurricane Patricia spun its way into history on Friday as the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere. Yet it didn’t come with catastrophic damage or legislation-changing death tolls after it made landfall in Mexico, and there’s been little follow-up news since the peak of the storm. That stands in sharp contrast to what the U.S. saw after Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy, and there are a few reasons why.

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Video Of The Day: The Explanation Behind China’s Floating Cloud City

A video of a mysterious floating cityscape above a town in China has gone viral this week.

The footage captured by a local resident appears to show a city hovering in the clouds. Explanations for the occurrence range from an elaborate hoax to a secret NASA project to an actual atmospheric phenomenon.

Experts are hesitant to confirm if the video is real. In the words of atmospheric scientist Peggy LeMone, of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, “It looks almost too good.”

“If it is real,” states Jill Coleman, another atmospheric scientist at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, “It’s called a superior mirage, which just means it’s an upward projecting mirage. It could be something called a fata morgana, which is a certain kind of atmospheric mirage.”

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Space Colonies As Imagined By NASA In The 1970s–And Today

NASA’s innocently named “summer studies” were anything but. Over the course of ten weeks in the summer of 1975, the project had one goal: to craft a future that would send humanity beyond its home planet. Scientists, engineers, and academics teamed up to envision three different types of space colonies, some holding as many as a million people. If NASA’s audacious dreams had come true, handfuls of these colonies would be orbiting the Earth right now.

Here’s a look at the variety of space colonies NASA has dreamed up in the past–and the ones they’re planning for our future:

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Celebrate Back To The Future Day With These Astounding Behind-The-Scenes Photos

Back To The Future Blue Screen

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Ever since Back to the Future II hit theaters in 1989, we’ve all been able to nurse fantastical ideas of what Earth might look like on October 21, 2015. When Marty McFly rode the DeLorean to that very date, he found a world of hoverboards, flying cars, and self-tying shoes.

But here we are. The future is now, and most of the wild ideas the movie portrayed have not come to pass. So, as long as we’ve gone behind the curtain and seen what October 21, 2015 really looks like, you might as well go behind the camera and discover how the filmmakers created the Back to the Future series’ incredible world of time travel. Ever wonder how they made the DeLorean fly? Or who shot weeks of footage as Marty McFly before Michael J. Fox was brought in as a replacement? Or how those amazing hoverboards floated? See below…

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