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Big Bang Theory

A supervolcanic eruption 74,000 years ago reveals fascinating evidence of how we might survive a similar event

GEOLOGY

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THE ERUPTION OF A SUPER-volcano constitutes more than your average lava flow. When one of these massive explosions takes place, more than 240 cubic miles of debris are flung out of the volcano. That’s so much gunk that it can linger in the atmosphere and reflect some of the sun’s light away from Earth, sending the planet into a global winter.

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THE NEW IRON CURTAIN? For years, Russia has tried to weaken and divide the EU, supporting groups ranging from Catalan separatists in Spain to British Brexit activists. The Kremlin had offered loans to France’s National Front and used its propaganda channels to whip up fake news about the persecution of Russian minorities in the Baltics. According to Political Capital, a Budapest based think tank, Russian-based trolls, Twitter bots and social media sock puppets have been put to work, boosting exaggerated stories of crimes by immigrants and “selling pro-Kremlin narratives within a tabloid, conspiracy package.”