The Japanese lunar lander sends back pics

Plus, the tallest building.
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Architectural Trivia:

What is the tallest building on Earth?

Hint: It's not any of the homes in The Shire.


(Scroll to the bottom for the answer!)

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How a US biologist single-handedly saved a butterfly species from extinction | Gulf News

“In San Francisco, a butterfly species was facing extinction due to the scarcity of its host plant - the California Pipevine. However, Tim Wong, a senior biologist at the California Academy of Sciences, stepped up to save the struggling butterfly species, single-handedly.”

Spacecraft sends back unusual view of Earth and the moon | Mashable

“The race to land on the moon will bleed into 2024 as more national space programs and private companies pursue the daunting feat. Though only about half of all lunar landing attempts have succeeded without crashing, space fans will likely get many spectacular Earth and moon photos along the way, like the latest one beamed back by Japan: Its uncrewed SLIM mission, short for Smart Lander for Investigating the Moon, captured a rare snapshot of Earth looming over the moon, though you might have to squint to see it.”

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Behold the Mega Lake: Earth's largest lake in history lands in Guinness Book of Records | Gizmodo

“The largest lake in Earth’s history is now in the Guinness Book of World Records. The Paratethys — or Lake Paratethys, if you will — and contained 10 times more water than all of Earth’s modern lakes. In other words, it’s long overdue for its place in the Guinness Book. The research detailing the exact measurements of the lake was published in Scientific Reports in 2021, and now the lake’s scale has been documented in the Guinness Book of World Records — hardly the all-encompassing atlas of absolute truths but still a neat accolade.”

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The answer: Burj Khalifa in Dubai

The answer: Burj Khalifa in Dubai

According to the Wonderopolis website: “As of January 4, 2010, the title belongs to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Standing more than a half-mile tall at an impressive 2,722 feet, the Burj Khalifa features a luxury hotel, apartments, and corporate offices in its 163 floors.”

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