The Geophysics Hackathon is one month away! Signing up is not mandatory — you can show up on the day if you like — but it does help with the planning. It's 100% free, and I guarantee you'll enjoy yourself. You'll also learn tons about geophysics and about building software. Deets: Thrive, Denver, 8 am, 25–26 October. Bring a laptop.
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By Susan Cosier
Meteorologists spotted a strange blip on the radar last week: a butterfly-shaped cloud hovering over southern Illinois and central Missouri. The reading was peculiar, since at the time there wasn’t an actual cloud in the sky over the region. The flying mass was big, and the meteorologists had a hunch it was something biological, but knew it wasn’t an enormous flock of birds, gaggle of geese, or colony of bats. Well, the mystery
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