The sun ripped a hole in our magnetic field!

Plus, the oldest city in the world.
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Civilization Trivia:

What is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world?

Hint: It’s not Essex Junction, Vermont


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

Sun rips hole in earth’s magnetic field sparking rare red auroras | IFLScience

“Unusually powerful disturbances in the Earth’s magnetic field have sparked some stunning red auroras this week, with the rare scarlet glow visible from locations across Europe and North America. Typically, the famous Northern Lights are made up of predominantly green hues, and while flashes or streaks of crimson are sometimes seen, sustained red skies are extremely uncommon. … The fiery display was caused by a massive spew of plasma – known as a coronal mass ejection (CME) – from the Sun. Striking the Earth on September 24, the CME punched a hole in our planet’s magnetic field, enabling highly charged particles to pour through and trigger a G2-class geomagnetic storm.”

These earbuds can talk to you | StackSocial

It’s time to break up with Google Translate. These award-winning earbuds put archaic pocket translators to shame, translating conversations in over 37 languages in real-time. And, while you’re not off chatting with locals, they’ll work as regular headphones, playing music and taking calls. No more embarrassing attempts at foreign language convos — start listening and speaking more fluently with smart earbuds that are on sale now for under $100. [Ad]

How a trip to Area 51 inspired 'The Creator's terrifying USS NOMAD | Mashable

“What do birds of prey and Area 51 have in common? They all had a part in the design of The Creator's horrifying weapon of mass destruction: the USS NOMAD. … A massive space station with the capacity to destroy entire cities, NOMAD (North American Orbital Mobile Aerospace Defense) looms large over The Creator. Its scale and sinister presence help it stand out as one of the film's most impressive sci-fi elements, even as it competes with beautifully realized artificial intelligence of all shapes and sizes.”

Twitter's Newest Ad Format Can't Be Reported or Blocked | PCMag

“X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, has rolled out several changes this week, including how ads appear on the platform. Ads have started to appear on the platform that remove the ability to like or retweet the post, Mashable reports. They also remove the ability to see who posted the ad, and the designation that what you’re looking like is an ad to begin with.”

Give yourself a break with Constant Contact | Constant Contact

Tired of staring at a blank page, struggling to find the right words to connect with your audience? Constant Contact’s AI content generator can banish writer’s block for good. Think of the time you’ll save crafting the perfect copy for marketing campaigns while increasing your open rates, without breaking a sweat. Say goodbye to the frustration of content creation and hello to more time doing what you love with who you love. [Ad]

Now available to all readers in Illinois: Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) partners with the University of Chicago library to expand The Banned Book Club | InfoDocket

“The Banned Book Club provides access to more than 900 unique titles that have been the target of bans in communities nationwide. ‘In the digital era, it should no longer be possible to ban books, and we are thrilled to have the University of Chicago Library join us to advance this work,’ said John S. Bracken, executive director of the Digital Public Library of America.”

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The answer: Damascus

Trivia Answer: Damascus

According to UNESCO World Heritage Convention: “Founded in the 3rd millennium B.C., Damascus was an important cultural and commercial centre, by virtue of its geographical position at the crossroads of the orient and the occident, between Africa and Asia. The old city of Damascus is considered to be among the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world. Excavations at Tell Ramad on the outskirts of the city have demonstrated that Damascus was inhabited as early as 8,000 to 10,000 BC.”